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Benoit, James first at
Berwick 5 miler

Annual Gala Days event draws 159 finishers

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Sept. 3, 2017

BERWICK, N.S. – Finishing as the top female was not the only thing to make Paula James proud at the Berwick Gala Days 5 Miler today.
Windsor runner Jacob Benoit, who James coaches, was the top overall finisher with a time of 27:30.
It was the second year for 16-year-old Benoit at the long-running Berwick event, which was being run for the 66th time, and he loved it.
“I had a few friends who I run with and against normally in the race, which pushed me through the first 5K in just above 17 minutes,” he said. “I tried to hold on for the last 3K.”
He finished with a new PB, 70 seconds faster than his time from last year, a result he was thrilled with.

Jacob Benoit of Windsor was the overall winner at the 66th annual Berwick Gala Days 5 Mile Road Race, which took place in Berwick, N.S. on Sunday, Sept. 3.

Tim Chesnutt photo

Finishing in second place was Brody Boudreau at the 28:45 mark, followed closely by Fraser Allen at 28:47.
James, also of Windsor, finished as the top female with a time of 30:16. Although she has lived in the valley for 16 years, it was her first time running the Berwick race.
“I loved the route and probably had my best race of the season,” she said. “I got in a really good group with some guys and fought hard with them, which is something I don’t usually do. I’m usually grittier in training than I am in racing, but today I dug deeper than usual.”
For James, 2017 has been very kind. After breaking the 40-minute mark in the 10K for the first time with a new PB at the Epic Canadian in July, she beat that mark and set yet a new PB at last weekend’s Cobequid Trail Run. Those are just two of the strong performances she has put in so far.
“I’m having so much fun racing this year,” she said. “I love the Nova Scotia road running community and all that Run Nova Scotia does to promote our awesome sport.”
Finishing second among females was Stacy Chesnutt at 34:22, followed by Cheryl Smith at 35:32.
For complete official results by Atlantic Chip, visit here .
A total of 158 runners crossed the finish line, along with Ben Brown of Cambridge, the lone wheelchair participant.
Race director Shoneth Salsman seemed quite satisfied with the results of the day.
“It was great,” she said. “The weather was brisk but sunny. It was a good turnout and everyone seemed to have a good time. You can’t ask for more than that.”