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‘Truly Maritime experience’ at Eastern Lobster Run

New Canso event well received by running community

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
May 8, 2017

CANSO, N.S. – Lobster chowder, thick fog, and windy hills. It doesn’t get more Maritime than the Eastern Lobster Run.
That’s what 65 runners found out in Canso on Sunday, May 7 for the inaugural event, which offered half marathon, 10K and 5K races in the historic fishing community.
“All three event went really well,” said race director Angie Tavares. “The weather wasn’t in our favour but we received all positive feedback and it seemed as though everyone left with a smile and happy memories of their time spent in Canso.”
Runners were complimentary of the food and hospitality at the event, including the home-cooked lobster chowder that warmed their bellies after coming in wet from their races.

Andrew Hanlon (left) of Bedford and his brother Patrick Hanlon, visiting from Calgary, Alta., were the top two finishers in the half marathon at the inaugural Eastern Lobster Run in Canso on Sunday, May 7.

Photo by Susan Roberts-O’Handley

Even the weather seemed to lend authenticity to the Eastern Shore atmosphere, to the pleasure of participants such as local girl Kristen Conway-Sangster, who placed first in the 5K with a time of 27:23.
“Honestly, the weather was faultless, a true representation of our area and the real East Coast foggy experience,” said Conway-Sangster, whose husband, father and brothers-in-law are all lobster fishermen. “Our fishermen fish in these conditions, black thick fog, windy, rough seas. I feel it came together perfectly.”
She enjoyed the 5K route, which traveled along the shoreline and into Canso. Finishing behind her in second place was Carol Puszka at 28:02 and top male Kevin Robinson at 28:34. Third female was Melanie Anderson at 29:33, while Burns Anderson at 29:32 and Matthew DeWolfe at 32:50 rounded out the males.
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In the 10K it was Glenn Wallace finishing in first place with a time of 38:20, followed by Kevin Waller at 40:10 and Real Parker at 45:17. Top female was Alison Fredericks at 45:42.
“I think it was a well organized event and the volunteers were great,” said Fredericks. “The chowder was amazing. Even the rain held out, so I can’t even complain about that.”
The second female finisher was Stephanie McCarville at 47:33, followed by Angela Fogarty at 47:51.
In the half marathon it was Andrew Hanlon finishing in first place with a time of 1:39:17.
Hanlon praised Tavares and the organizers for pulling together the community/family event. The local Last Port Motel offered late checkout times to allow for post-run showers, while organizers also offered to arrange billeting for travelers.
He also offered praise to the many volunteers, the delicious chowder, MC Mark Stein calling the race, and the reliable folks from Atlantic Chip for their timing service.
As for his race, it was his last long run before this weekend’s Fredericton Marathon.
“It was great to see the community support of volunteers and have my first cousin pass me a drink at the second water station – both new experiences for me,” said Hanlon. “I expect and hope next year, word will have spread about this new and vibrant event and experience.”
Finishing in second place was Patrick Hanlon at 1:41:04, followed by Kevin Cody at 1:45:25. Top female was Madeleine von Arx with a time of 1:48:40, followed closely by Beth Horne at 1:48:46 and Tanya Munroe at 1:54:11.
“I opted for the half and it was lovely and scenic,” said von Arx, who was also thrilled with the many prizes offered. “It was a bit hilly and windy but gave a truly Maritime experience.”
While reviews were all positive, Tavares was not about to rest on her laurels. She said she was waiting for feedback and debriefing to help improve the event for next year.