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Lalanne finishes first at Louisbourg Slush Run

62 take part on cold Cape Breton morning

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
March 4, 2017

LOUISBOURG, N.S. – Fifty-two runners and 10 walkers braved the elements in Cape Breton this morning to take part in the annual Louisbourg Slush Run.
“The race went really well today despite the cooler temperatures,” said Cindy Hynes, member of the Louisbourg Road Race Society, which coordinates the run. “It was a sunny day and everyone enjoyed the event.”
Top finisher was Justin Lalanne with a time of 29:06, who said the cold winds were not conducive to a personal best. He wore shorts at last year’s run, saying you never know what to expect from year to year.

Participants line up for the three-mile walk at the annual Louisbourg Slush Run on Saturday, March 4.

Photo courtesy of Bill Fiander

But that did not stop he and the other runners from having a good time, or enjoying the post-run chili luncheon at George D. Lewis School.
“I always enjoy doing the slush run,” said Lalanne. “Cindy, Calvin (Pitcher) and their crew always do an amazing job organizing the race. The course is always great with a nice view of the Fortress of Louisbourg across the water.”
Lalanne’s focus is on the half and full marathon distances, and likes to try a few shorter distance races to keep his training on track and take measure of his fitness level.
“Overall, I was happy with my run, considering the race conditions,” he added.
Caden MacLeod was the top female finisher with a time of 36:05, bettering her PB by more than a minute. She said the wind was quite strong and changing directions, but the road was clear.
“I thought the course was very scenic and had rolling, gradual hills,” she said. “I think that it should enter the fortress though. It is free from most traffic, though there is a bit before and after you leave and enter the town.”
To prepare for a five-miler, MacLeod recommended training at a pace slightly faster than 10K, but sustainable.
She said she was happy with her performance, considering it was only her third time running this year.
“I do have a lot of cross-country skiing and cycling in though,” she said. “But I couldn’t resist the urge to go out fast.”
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