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Young, Doucet win
October Run for Renee

Series wraps up with annual Halloween party

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Oct. 29, 2018

QUISPAMSIS, N.B. – It was wet and it was cold, but the smiles told the story at yesterday’s Run for Renee 5K race, as the 2018 series was wrapped up with the annual Halloween party.
More than 50 participants turned out for the race, slightly exceeding the cap organizers normally put on the race.
“We had our awards banquet and gave away trophies and some prizes, and called it a year,” said Dean Strowbridge. “I’m happy with the turnouts we had this year. I think we had more than last year.”
The Run for Renee, which raises money for the kidney foundation in memory of Strowbridge’s mother Renee, receives strong support from the local running community.

Eight-year-old Myles Doucet ran his first 5K race at yesterday’s Run for Renee 5K in Quispamsis, and is shown here running alongside his parents, Evan and Shelley.

Photo courtesy of Shelley Doucet

Meanwhile, Shelley Doucet was the top female finisher, coming in with a time of 18:24 alongside Alex Coffin. It was her first race since breaking her own provincial record at the Chicago Marathon earlier this month.
“I had not run faster than five-minute kilometres in three weeks since my marathon, and had no real plan for the race,” she said. “I chatted with Alex before the race and we decided to run together, which was great. I loved running with Alex. I have so much respect for him – he has years of experience and does so much for our sport.”
After finishing the race, Doucet ran back and finished it again with her husband Evan and eight-year-old son Myles, who ran his first 5K race. All were wearing costumes for the occasion.
“He begged us all year to do this race,” she said. “He finished in 28:56, jogged the entire time, talked the whole way. We could see the clock at the end and it was approaching 29 minutes, so he dropped us and told us to hurry up.”
Finishing second among females was Cassidy Griffin at 21:25, followed by this year’s female points series winner, Suzanne Doucet, at 21:53. She literally ran away with this year’s series, finishing the year with 278 points, followed by Charlene Smith with 184, and Sue Teakles with 179.
Young was also dominant in the men’s series, finishing with 270 points, while Lee finished second with 209, and Charles Smith finished third with 188, edging Kevin Curnock by a single point.
For complete results, visit the Run for Renee Facebook page here .
For example, seven local runners competed in all seven of this year’s races, while several more took part in five or six of them.
But the race, which is known for its fast course, also draws participation from outside the Saint John area each month. Yesterday’s race, for example, even included runners from outside the country, as one came from Maine and another came from Germany.
The winner of the race was Justin Young, who came in with a time of 17:21. The victory also solidified his spot at the top of this year’s points series. Finishing second was Jeff Queen at 17:51, only a week after running last weekend’s Legs for Literacy marathon in Moncton.
“It wasn’t fast conditions, with a steady headwind the entire way,” he said. “My legs definitely didn’t feel like they had much pop in them. They were still feeling a bit of the marathon, I’d say, so I’m happy with the race.”
Young was out of reach within the first few seconds, according to Queen, who was side by side with Scott Lee for the first kilometer.
“He tucked in behind me for the next little while, and I really thought this would be the time that he took down his coach,” said Queen, with a laugh. “At that point, I was hoping to pull him to a sub-18, which would be his first, on a certified course anyway. When I hit the home stretch and hears steps not far back, I thought it was him and he was going to get it.”
It turned out it was actually Anderson Peters behind him, finishing third at 17:55.