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White, Macdonald win annual Privateer 5 Mile road race

Liverpool event draws 110 finishers

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
June 26, 2017

LIVERPOOL, N.S. – Not bad for a bunch of pirates.
The weather was a bit gray and dreary for the Privateer Days festival in Liverpool over the weekend, but 110 runners finished the annual Liverpool Privateer 5 Mile Road Race on Saturday, June 24.
“Maybe the overnight rain put a few folk off coming along, but it was not too bad of a turnout,” said race director Richard Lane. “The day started overcast, breezy with some drizzle and humidity, and remained cloudy though dry enough for the finish line gantry. Being right on the waterfront of the picturesque town of Liverpool means the wind can pick up.”
First across the finish line was Matthew White of Dartmouth, clocking in at 28:48, followed by Michael Bergeron at 29:57, and Taylor Doucette at 30:10.

Top finishers at the Liverpool Privateer 5 Mile Road Race received painted doorstops for prizes. Shown here accepting their rewards are (from left) Michael Bergeron, Matthew White and Taylor Doucette.

Photo courtesy of Linda Macdonald

White said he tries to make it to the race every year, enjoying the well-run event in the beautiful town.
“Michael Bergeron and I raced together for the first 5K with each of us taking turns pushing the pace,” he said. “Michael has been running very well of late and I expected him to drop me at some point in the second half of the race.”
Instead, Bergeron was forced to slow down due to the effects of an illness he had suffered earlier in the week, leaving the door open for White to run away with the prize.
Among females, it was Linda Macdonald of Bedford cruising to victory with a time of 34:23, followed by Cheryl Smith at 38:28, and Clare Mackenzie at 39:36.
For complete official results by Atlantic Chip, visit here .
Macdonald has done the Liverpool run a number of times, and recommended the flat course to anyone looking for a good five-mile result.
“I was happy with my run, although it was not as fast as other years, but it felt really good,” she said. “I love the route and the well organized race… I also really enjoy cooling down running through the town, admiring the beautiful old homes and history of the town.”
The race is part of Privateer Days, a signature Nova Scotia festival of music, arts and history that draws people from near and far to Liverpool for the weekend. Following the race’s awards ceremony was the festival’s annual grand parade.
“It makes for a great day or weekend outing,” said Lane. “Sitting in the Hell Bay Brewing craft beer patio, watching the parade is a great way to replenish lost carbs!”