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Smaller crowd out for rainy 5K

Proude’s Shoes hosts 15th annual run in Charlottetown

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
May 7, 2017

CHARLOTTETOWN – It was not the turnout Kevin Proude had hoped for. Then again, it wasn’t exactly the weather anyone was expecting either.
Forty-seven brave runners turned out in the rain for the 15th annual Proude’s Shoes 5K on Saturday, May 6, impressing organizers and spectators huddled under umbrellas.
“Talk about dedicated runners!” said Kevin Proude, manager of the shoe store and race director for the event.
Although he was disappointed with the turnout, which was only about half the size of last year’s event, Proude chalked it up to the bad weather and accepted what he could not control.

Forty-seven runners took part in the annual Proude’s Shoes 5K on Saturday, May 6, despite rainy weather conditions.

Photo by j. norman-bain

“I was actually not expecting that many, due to the heavy rains in the 1-2 hours before the 9 a.m. start time,” he said.
Those who did turn out posted some impressive times, including Justin Clarke, who was the first place overall finisher with a time of 16:58. He was followed by Steve Reeves at 17:11, and Nick Robertson at 18:16.
For the females it was Tati Kelly coming in first with a 20:22 time, while Kelsea Lewis was second at 21:17 and Sophie Peterson third at 22:22.
Complete results can be found at the PEI Roadrunners site here.
Runner Lana Chaisson said the event was very well run, complimenting the great volunteers and uncomplicated course.
“I always enjoy it,” she said. “The weather wasn’t cooperative but thankfully the rain tapered off during the run. Regardless, the hardy runners showed up.”