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New course a hit for Sole Sisters

Many record personal best times on perfect weather day

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Oct. 3, 2017

DARTMOUTH, N.S. – For a new course that was supposed to have its challenges, Stacy Chesnutt was hearing from a lot of women who ran personal best times at Sunday’s Sole Sisters event.
This year’s Oct. 1 event took place at the same course as the annual Epic Canadian race in Dartmouth, starting and finishing at Graham’s Grove and including a portion of Shubie Park.
“It’s funny, because it is a challenging course, but I remember hearing during the Epic that people were running faster than ever,” said Chesnutt, Sole Sisters race director. “I guess it’s a kind of way of saying that hills are really your friend. It doesn’t slow anyone down, and we made sure there were so many volunteer cheer stations.”

Coach Jenna and Gazelle Jordyn from the Girls Gone Gazelle running club were among the participants in the Sole Sisters event in Dartmouth, N.S. on Sunday, Oct. 1. Proceeds from the event go in support of the all-free girls' club.

Photo courtesy of Stacy Chesnutt

This year’s cheering sections were not even limited to being on land, as several took to paddleboats and even a dragon boat on Lake Banook, a new feature that was well received by the runners.
In fact, the whole event was a hit, according to Chesnutt, who was still on a high that afternoon.
“With Sole Sisters, it’s always the energy of the women,” she explained. “Even if the weather is bad, the women are just the women. But this year was sunny and really good running weather, really crisp at the start.”
After a recent spell of cold weather, there was also plenty of fall colours in the trees, adding to the sea of purple from the more than 1,400 participants.
A highlight for Chesnutt was the Little Miss Sole Sister event, offering 2K and 4K races for young girls. Through some clever planning, every youngster taking part got to break through their own finish line “tape” made from pink and purple streamers.
The adult participants ran a half marathon, quarter marathon or 5K race, and had the option of being timed.
Among the timed half marathon participants, Whitney Canning of Dartmouth was first across the line with a time of 1:43:13, followed by Olivia Daechsel at 1:46:24, and Amanda Dominix at 1:47:56.
The quarter marathon saw Joanne Henneberry of Wellington cross the line in first place at the 46:15 mark.
“I love what Sole Sisters represents to all of the women, young and old, and the little sisters it helps support,” said Henneberry. “I think Stacy and her team of volunteer coordinators and Sole Sisters ambassadors help to make this event memorable for everyone. For many women, this is their first race ever and it means a lot to them as they have accomplished so much just to get to the start line.”
She said she had a very good race, felt strong throughout, and was happy to come in first.
“When I started the race, I told myself not to go too hard, but early on I couldn’t hear anyone behind me,” said Henneberry. “For the first time, I felt very lonely in a race because it was just me out in the front leading. I was happy to have the cyclist leading me so I knew where to go.”
Finishing in second place was Brenda Kennedy at 52:22, followed by Katie Schiefer at 52:46.
In the 5K, Meghan Hapgood of Halifax finished first with a time of 23:16, followed by Kathleen Estabrooks at 23:31, and Erica Croke at 24:25.
For complete official results by Atlantic Chip, visit here .