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Daigle takes first place in Moncton Hypo Half

Hundreds turn out for frigid sold out event

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Feb. 5, 2017

MONCTON, N.B. – There’s a reason they call it the Hypothermic Half.
As runners crossed the finish line, icicles hanging from their eyebrows, the verdict seemed to be unanimous.
“Weather wise, it was certainly a whole lot more ‘hypothermic’ compared to last year’s perfect and pleasant (and much missed) sunny conditions,” said participant Charlotte Gardiner. “You’re always taking a gamble when signing up for a February race, but at least the bare pavement was a welcome sight.

(From left) Roger Barakett, Jenda Boissonnault and Remy Poirier head for the finish line with their pace bunny in Moncton’s Hypothermic Half event on Sunday, Feb. 5.

Andrew Wagstaff – Maritime Runner

Gardiner of Charlottetown was the first female finisher of the half marathon, with a time of 1:37:32. She was one of a group of runners representing the clinics and run club at the Charlottetown Running Room, where she is the assistant manager, so it was fun for her to see plenty of familiar faces on the course.
She also complimented the organizers and volunteers for their tremendous efforts.
“Performance wise, it may not have been the time on the clock I was hoping for, but given the ice-cold conditions I certainly can’t complain,” she said.
Gardiner has been taking part in virtual training with Lee McCarron and the Halifax Road Hammers for the past several months, in preparation for her first appearance at the Boston Marathon in April.
Crossing the line first overall in the half was Pierre Daigle of Pointe-du-Chene, N.B., with a time of 1:26:00. He said he did not mind the cold temperature, which was around -17 at the start of the race and warmed up to around -7 by race’s end.
“For a race on Feb. 5, you couldn’t ask for better running conditions,” he said. “No wind, clear roads, and you can dress for the rest.”
He also enjoyed the course itself, which consisted of mostly flat terrain in the Caledonia Industrial Park. He said he was happy with his race overall, describing it as a good way to start the 2017 season.
“I felt good throughout the race,” said Daigle. “I started to feel a bit of a hamstring pull midway, but the cold day kept the legs numb enough that it really didn’t have much of a factor.”

Pierre Daigle finished first in the half marathon.

Charlotte Gardiner was the top female finisher in the Moncton Hypo Half.

Andrea Clarke was having a great time.

The starting group.

It was the first half marathon for Jeshua Jeffrey, who was quite happy with his 1:41:41 time, good for a seventh place finish.
“It was fun, and a perfect day for it,” he said. “It was a little chilly, but that’s alright. I was a little surprised when all my water froze in the first six kilometres, but I was lucky that the water stops were good along the way.”
For the first time this year, the Running Room added 10K and 5K distances to the Hypothermic Half events. Forty-nine took part in the 10K, with Ryan Daigle finishing first with a 46:50, and Kristine Cormier the top female with a 54:09 time. Twenty-nine runners competed in the 5K, with Craig Hurley finishing first at 20:02, and Lucie Bernard the top female at 28:58.
See Atlantic Chip for complete official results .
“The 5K and 10K went really smooth, and everyone seems happy with it,” said Running Room events manager John Acheson, who was among the many along the course, directing runners. “The whole thing has gone really smoothly, and it’s good that almost everyone showed up.”
Registration for the event was a sellout of 275 participants, with 237 turning out.