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Hantsport event draws 91 participants in the rain

Shankel youths win two-mile, six-mile races

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
July 2, 2017

HANTSPORT, N.S. – It rained all through both races yesterday, but Richard Beazley was quite pleased with how both the Dick Beazley Memorial Six-Mile Race and the Arnold Robertson Two-Mile Race turned out.
“It went really well,” said Beazley, who represents the Beazley and Robertson families on the event planning committee. “It was the best organized run of that race, probably as far back as I can remember.”
Photos by Jud Porter
(From left) Race organizer Robbie Zwicker, Noah Shankel (winner of the Arnold Robertson Two-Mile Race), Jonah Shankel (winner of the Dick Beazley Memorial Six-Mile Race) and race organizer Bill Preston.
In memory of his father, who was killed in action during the Second World War, the six-mile race dates back 70 years. The two-mile race had its beginnings 40 years ago.
Despite the rich history of the races, however, they had slipped in quality in recent years, to the point where the family stepped in about four years ago.
“My brothers and I met with town council in Hantsport, and said this race had reached a level where it was an embarrassment to the family,” he said. “We wanted them to make a decision. If they were going to continue, then do it right, but if they weren’t going to do it right, then don’t do it at all.”
The family offered to help with the event, and has been doing so ever since. The races are put on by the Hantsport Memorial Community Centre (HMCC), and are planned by a four-person committee made up of the local county councillor, a family representative (Beazley), a member of the HMCC, and a local resident.
“This year we knew more of what we were doing, and it went really a lot better,” said Beazley.
While he assumed the rain had a negative impact on the turnout, he said the numbers were similar to what they usually have.
When the races were over, it was Coldbrook youths Jonah and Noah Shankel earning spots for their names on the trophies, with 19-year-old Noah winning the two-miler and 18-year-old Jonah winning the six-miler.