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Carrying the torch for Special Olympics

P.E.I. law enforcement run hosted in Cavendish

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
May 23, 2017

CAVENDISH, P.E.I. – Fifty-two runners of all ages gathered here on Monday for the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.
Hosted by the P.E.I. chapter of the organization for the fifth year, the run featured both a 10K and 5K on the paved Gulf Shore Parkway trail along the island’s beautiful north shore between Cavendish and North Rustico.
“It competes against the Blue Nose in Halifax, and a lot of the running community heads over to that,” said Roger Steadman, provincial chairperson of the P.E.I. Law Enforcement Torch Run. “But we get a good turnout. People really like it, once they have been out to give it a try.”

Runners took part in the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics on Monday, May 22 in Cavendish, P.E.I.

Photo courtesy of Doris Ward

totaling around $500, go to support the province’s Special Olympics athletes.
Participants spanned a wide range of ages, evident in the results, which saw 60-year-old Gary MacDonald place first in the 5K with a time of 23:23, followed only two seconds later by 10-year-old Michael Taylor. Taking third place was top female Hannah Cousins at 25:33.
Jamie Blacquiere at 26:09 and Danielle Steadman at 26:19 rounded out the top females.
“Today’s race was for a special cause that I was very proud to be part of,” said Blacquiere. “All runners should give this 5K or 10K a try. It was a beautiful run alongside one of P.E.I.’s beautiful beaches, with an amazing view.”
Third among males was Lance Campbell at 29:24.
In the 10K it was Kris Taylor finishing first at 36:55, followed by Gaetan Dallaire at 38:25 and John Bowser at 41:48. Top females were Doris Ward at 50:41, Alanna Saulnier at 53:54, and Amir Zuccolo at 56:08.
For complete results, visit the PEI RoadRunners site here for the 10K and here for the 5K.
It was Ward’s first time participating in the race, but she said she would be adding it to her list for years to come.
“The course was an absolute pleasure to run, with views of the ocean and fishing boats, sounds of the waves and smells of the beach air, and a few sightings of foxes too,” she said. “It really was a runner’s dream. Running on the multiuse trail, a wide paved trail that lines the road and the beach side, was excellent to run on.”
The weather was also co-operative, with sunshine and a soft breeze welcomed by the runners and the hard-working volunteers/
“I would highly recommend it for anyone looking for a 5K or 10K fun run, an opportunity to run a very scenic race and to help raise funds for such an important cause as the Special Olympics,” said Ward, who was thrilled with her above-expectation performance.