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Mooy over MacDonald at Windsor 5K

Annual event triples last year's turnout

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
July 30, 2017

WINDSOR, N.S. – The dust has cleared and the winners have been decided in the 16th annual Windsor 5K Fun Run – Windsor Recreation, and Valley Athletics.
Oh yes, and John Mooy raced to a new PB and victory over Luke MacDonald on Saturday, July 29 in the epic grudge match of 2017. No Photoshopping was required.
“It was great! A sunny day, almost 250 runners, and a flat course,” said Mooy, who finished with a time of 19:42. “Luke got under 21 minutes – amazing, considering his doctor didn’t even want him to sweat a month ago.”

The RCMP had to be called in as tensions grew hot between John Mooy (left) and Luke MacDonald at the Windsor 5K Fun Run on Saturday, July 29.

Photo courtesy of Paula James

MacDonald, who ran a solid 20:41, was gracious in defeat.
“He crushed me, but it was totally fun,” he said. “He failed to kill me with a wooden stake. He only used a shovel to the cranium, which means I’ll be back!”
No one was more thrilled than Paula James, a first-time race director, who described it as a “fun, nerve-wracking, exciting, emotional day.”
James was thrilled less than a week ago, when it looked like this year’s registrations would double last year’s total of 76. To her surprise, the numbers continued to climb and reached a total of 228, tripling last year.
She thanked her running club, Mountain View Runners, and her track club, Valley Athletics, for being hugely supportive of the event.
“Having the staff of Windsor Recreation on board allowed me to concentrate on the logistics of the race,” she said. “It was a great event.”
Runners and walkers of all ages took part in the event, proceeds of which will go to Windsor Recreation and Valley Athletics.
“It was exciting to have five junior athletes from my track club in the top 10,” said James. “I’ve been coaching Jacob Benoit, the overall winner, for two years now. Today was his first time under 17 minutes, and he crushed it with a 16:42.”
Finishing in second place behind the 16-year-old Benoit was Jonah Shankel at 17:26, followed by Nicholas Buckler at 17:45. Top female was Chloe Austin at 19:07, followed by Paige Chisholm at 20:00, and Courtney Barbour at 21:20.
For complete results, visit the Race Roster page here .