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A double 5K weekend in Quispamsis

Impressive field expected for July Run for Renee

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
July 12, 2017

QUISPAMSIS, N.B. – This month’s Run for Renee 5K promises to be one for the books.
Dean Strowbridge, who started the monthly spring-fall event last year for the kidney foundation in memory of his mother, was excited to reveal this morning some of the impressive runners signed up for the Sunday, July 16 race.
“I’m very excited for this race,” said Strowbridge. “It should be a good day. I’m really looking forward.”
Strowbridge himself, who used to hold the course record, will be making his 2017 debut at the event after a long road back from a knee injury. Also among the competitors will be current record holder James Murphy, as well as Ryan O’Shea, arguably the top marathoner in the Maritimes right now.

Jason Brown (left), Jeff Queen and Sacha Hourihan were the top three finishers at last year’s July Run for Renee 5K. This year’s race will take place on Sunday, July 16.

Photo courtesy of Run for Renee 5K on Facebook

Add to that mix the likes of John Herron, who has competed at the Boston Marathon 10 times, and Kevin Curnock and Justin Young, who Strowbridge said are “top three at pretty near every race they’ve ever been in,” and you have yourself quite a strong field.
“I have goose bumps thinking about it,” he said. “Since we started this race, this is the best competitive group we’ve had. I couldn’t be more excited, not only to be organizing it, but to be running in it. It’s going to be fun.”
This month’s Run for Renee will come the day after the third annual Quispamsis Run and Swim, in support of the PRO Kids Foundation, which will include a 5K race for the Run New Brunswick Super Series. Strowbridge will be defending his course record in that event, and hopes others will run both races. He’s billing it as the July Quispamsis Double 5K Challenge.
“It’s going to be a good weekend for runners,” he said.