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Cox & Palmer hosts annual 10K/5K

Charlottetown event draws 159 participants

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
July 15, 2017

CHARLOTTETOWN – The annual Cox & Palmer 5/10K run/walk saw 159 participants come out this morning, in support of the Canadian Cancer Society.
The weather was perfect for a race, and it seemed that everyone enjoyed themselves, according to Melanie McKenna, a student at the law firm’s Charlottetown office.
“The numbers were a little down this year, unfortunately, but it still went really well and I’m certain we raised a lot of money for the cancer society,” she said. “Registration was smooth, and we had some fast times on a fast course.”

Runners head out to start the annual Cox & Palmer 5/10K Walk/Run in Charlottetown on Saturday, July 15.

Photo by j. norman-bain

Halifax couple Michael Bergeron and Jennie Orr topped their gender divisions in the 5K race, with Bergeron finishing first overall at 17:16.
The couple were visiting family on the island and Bergeron said he decided run it as a tune-up for the half marathon at next weekend’s Nova Scotia Marathon.
“The race went well; it started to become hot with the humidity, but a very beautiful day,” he said. “I knew I was not going to get sub-17-minutes, with the heat, so I stayed at a comfortable but strong pace to the finish.”
Finishing second was Samuel Peterson at 17:43, followed by Aaron Sellers at 17:57.
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In her first race after taking some time off running to heal an injury, Orr finished as the top female with a time of 20:21.
“I started out at the pace I normally would, but on the way back, when I saw that I was in the lead, I let up a little to a much more comfortable pace,” she said. “I’m hoping to build back up my fitness and mental game again for the fall races. I’m feeling healthy again though, so that’s good.”
Her and Bergeron enjoy the Cox & Palmer race because of its flat courses, great door prizes, and its fun factor.
“The winner gets a pair of free Asics, and, well, let’s be honest, who doesn’t like a new free pair of Asics runners?” said Orr.
Finishing as the second female was Sophie Peterson at 21:18, followed by Emma Germain at 21:41.
In the 10K, it was Charlottetown’s own Jeremy Thompson finishing first at a time of 36:50.
“It was a great event, it’s always really well organized, and the race went well for me,” said Thompson, who said the heat wasn’t too bad. “I was able to sit in third for the first 5 or 6K, and then I felt good after the turnaround and was able to pull away from the other two guys. I was pretty happy with my time as well.”
Finishing in second was Vincent Merriam at 37:28, followed by Alec Brown at 37:41.
Top female was Lindsay Laltoo of Moncton, N.B., with a time of 41:27.
Laltoo said it was a fun day for her whole family, as husband Aaron Sellers ran the 5K with their dog Scout.
“We had a weekend getaway with family planned for awhile, and when we realized we could do a race for a good cause while on the island, we couldn’t resist,” she said.
She appreciated the volunteers, who knew the course well, and the spectators who offered support as they ran through their neighbourhoods.
“Overall, I was happy with how the race went, although I fell off pace when some of the 5K runners I was running with reached their turnaround and I was left running solo,” said Laltoo. “That’s something to improve on for my next outing.”
The second female finisher was Jocelyn Peterson at 43:06, followed by Bev Gerg at 45:55.