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Small but mighty in Yarmouth

Annual marathon supports local kidney patients

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
June 14, 2017

YARMOUTH, N.S. – The Yarmouth coastline is a beautiful place to run, leaving Bobby Lou Reardon to wonder why more people don’t take part in the annual Yarmouth Marathon.
The seventh annual “Bean There Ran That” event took place on Sunday, June 11, drawing 125 participants, a number the race director said is “not great, but decent for here.”
“It’s a small town, rural, friendly race,” said Reardon. “I wish we could get more people to come, especially to run the marathon, but it doesn’t seem to ever get many.”
Eleven runners took part in the full marathon this year, only two of which would be considered local runners. The others came from places like New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and as far away as Quebec, Texas, and even New Guinea.

Arthur Doucette and Rhonda Cook were among those taking part in the Bean There Ran That Yarmouth Marathon on Sunday, June 11.

Photo courtesy of Mark Hubbard

It’s not for a lack of marathoners in the Yarmouth area, which is known for having an active running community.
“It’s weird because, when I put it together and wanted it to be a Boston qualifier, I thought how nice it would be to have a marathon at home, and be able to sleep in your own bed, eat your own food,” she said. “But people go everywhere else to run marathons.”
Reardon started the event because she wanted to do something in support of local kidney patients after her mother died from kidney disease 13 years ago.
“I knew there were runs for heart and stroke, and other causes like asthma, but I couldn’t find anything specifically for kidney,” she explained. “That’s sort of why I started to organize some little runs for a couple years, and then started this bigger event.”
When it started, the event was held in late August, when the calendar was less crowded with other events. It was moved to June for the first time this year.
Funds raises from the event go directly to support local kidney dialysis patients for various needs, including costs associated with travel, new chairs, or entertainment-related items during their hours on dialysis.
While it was Reardon’s idea to put the event on, she said there are 8-10 volunteers who help out will all the races she organizes, without which they would not be able to happen. For example, the two cyclists who drove the route to the lighthouse twice to measure and mark the road, twice again to put up stakes for signs, which they made and put out on race morning at 5:30-6 a.m.
“Then they drove all day and supported people,” she said.
Four relay teams also ran the marathon route on Sunday, meaning there were 15 runners on that course at all times, a course that makes two loops to the scenic Cape Forchu lighthouse. Reardon described it as, “not as flat as Barrington, not as hilly as Valley Harvest.”
The other participants were spread out over the half marathon, 10K and 5K events.
The first marathoner across the finish line was John Lackner at 3:26:54, followed by Paul MacNeil at 4:10:50, and top female Janet Watson at 4:33:54. Third place male was Kevin Donelle at 4:34:16, while second female was Elise LeBlanc at 4:48:38 and Janice Parker at 4:57:22.
In the half marathon, it was Matthew White taking first place at 1:20:49, followed by Darcy Robbins at 1:30:27, and John Marsh at 1:37:07. Top females were Amber Griffin at 1:43:47, Angela Saulnier at 1:50:20, and Rhonda Lawrence at 1:54:58.
In the 10K, it was Bryan Hipson in first place at 36:34, followed by Ethan Cunningham at 39:24, Jeff Burns at 45:00. Top females were Heather Baillie at 45:24, Ellie Hiltz at 49:44, and Katrina d'Eon at 49:53.
In the 5K, Jessica Needham took first place at 20:54, followed by top male David Faulkner at 21:28, and Owen Hemeon at 23:40. Third male was James Rideout at 24:27, while Paulick Courney was the second female finisher at 25:38, followed by Mikey Spinney at 25:54.
For full results, visit the Yarmouth Marathon website here .