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Epic turnout for wet Canada Day

More than 2,000 finish 10K, 5K races today

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
July 1, 2017

DARTMOUTH, N.S. – Oh, Canada.
Our country threw plenty of wet weather at us for its 150th birthday, but the turnout at the annual Epic Canadian races has been strong, with much more to come on Sunday.
Saturday’s 10K and 5K races drew 1,036 and 1,201 finishers, respectively, following a turnout of 480 for the 6.1K run on Friday evening.
Plenty of strong performances have also been turned in. Paula James of Windsor beat the 40-minute mark for her first time, finishing as the top female with a time of 39:30.

Jody Wood leads a pack of runners in the 5K race at today’s Epic Canadian events in Dartmouth.

Photo by Paul Morris

The second female finisher behind James was Heather Baillie at 44:44, followed by Dana Mason at 45:08.
In the 5K it was Blair Miller of Halifax finishing in top spot with a time of 17:15. He said the event was “awesome.”
“Conditions may not have been ideal with the rain, but the support and energy around the race was amazing and really made the whole experience fun,” he said. “For me, personally, I found the race to be a good achievement.”
Miller tried hard to push himself mentally and not let up on his pace throughout the race, hoping to maintain his energy through the big climb in the middle.
“Overall, it was a great experience running on Canada Day and I’m hoping I can build off this performance for my future races. I definitely plan on doing this again next year.”
Joanne Henneberry of Wellington led the females in the 5K with a time of 21:10, followed by Charlene Arsenault at 21:37, and Karly Hiscock at 21:40.
For complete official results by Atlantic Chip, visit here .
Friday night’s 6.1K race saw Michael Burgess of Norfolk, Virginia, U.S.A. finish in first place with a time of 23:40, followed by James Stavlo at 23:55, and Pierre Laberge at 24:00. Top females were Stacy Chesnutt of Dartmouth at 25:33, Joanne Henneberry at 25:55, and Samantha Knee at 26:19.
Friday night results by Atlantic Chip can be found here .
Tomorrow will remain busy at the event, with the running of the quarter and half marathons in the morning, and the Epic swimming events in the afternoon. For more on the Epic Canadian, visit here .
“I am so thrilled with today’s run,” said James. “Breaking 40 has been a dream of mine for years. I had a big 5K PB this spring and my training has been going well, but I’ve never been able to put it together for a 10K until today.”
Although wet, she said the weather for the race was perfect, with no wind, mild temperatures, and only light rain.
Achieving a big PB on Canada’s 150th birthday was special for her today, she said.
“I had a few week kilometres on the trail section but, when I got back on the road, I found some mental toughness that I usually lack and finished strong,” said James. “I was running in no man’s land, but once I saw the finish line and all the Canada flags, it got much easier to dig deep.”
Finishing first in the 10K was Greg Cartmell of Waterloo, Ont. with a time of 36:39, followed by Brody Boudreau at 37:23, and Mathieu Rocheleau at 38:28.
It was Boudreau’s first experience at the Epic, which he said was a well put together race, with police officers holding traffic and bike supporters helping direct the runners. He also enjoyed the course.
“I don’t train for 10K,” he said. “It’s track season now, so I’m mostly training for 3K and that’s about as high as I go. I talked to my coach and he said it was fine if I wanted to run it. It wasn’t the goal time I wanted, but I felt like overall it wasn’t that bad.”
One of the reasons he opted for the 10K was because it goes through Shubie Park, a place he likes to run.
“There were a lot of people cheering us on; people on the sidewalks in
the middle of Dartmouth… there were a lot of people there,” said
Boudreau. “Overall, I thought it was put on very well.”