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Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Charlottetown

10K/5K event draws 45 runners

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
March 18, 2017

CHARLOTTETOWN – Green was in fashion for runners here this morning, as Prince Edward Islanders took part in Charlottetown’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Run.
“It went well,” said Mike Connolly, executive director of Cycling PEI, which hosted the event. “We had 45 runners – 15 for the 10K, and 30 for the 5K.”
The 10K event saw Ryan Merrett finish in first place with a time of 38:39, followed by Vincent Merriam one minute later at 39:39, and Alex Bain at 44:46. Top females were Rebecca Macdonald at 55:07, Beibei Ja at 55:55, and Ruth Cox at 55:56.
Full results can be found at the PEI Roadrunners website, here for the 10K, and here for the 5K.

Shanice MacDonald was among the participants in the 5K race at the St. Patrick’s Day Run in Charlottetown on Saturday, March 18.

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The 5K race saw Scott Langille finish first with an 18:54 time, followed by Jacob Ezeard at 19:16, and Jeff MacKenzie at 20:28. Top females were Caitlin Campbell at 23:26, Pat Ellis at 24:58, and Ashley Murnaghan at 24:59.
“The race was great – good organizing and lots of prizes,” said Campbell. “It was perfect running weather for March, a few icy patches but nothing too serious.”
Many runners dressed in costume for the occasion, with some receiving prizes for their efforts.
The 5K loop course is mainly flat, but with some gradual uphills, which Connolly described as intermediate.
“I was happy with my performance,” said Campbell. “It was my first running race of the season, so it wasn’t my best time but I wasn’t expecting a PB right now anyway.”