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Cavendish Homestead Boogie Run well received

Race day at P.E.I. National Park

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
July 29, 2017

CAVENDISH, P.E.I. – It was the father-son duo of Darcy and Isaac McCardle racing to the finish first at the Cavendish Homestead Boogie Run here today, with youth prevailing this time.
“He’s got a stronger kick than me, so it was just an inevitability,” said Darcy, about his on.
Fifteen-year-old Isaac finished first in the 6K distance at the event, one second ahead of his father, but he quickly gave credit where it was due.
“He’s the one who pushes me to run, so…,” he said.
Both runners said they enjoyed the course, which took place on trails within Prince Edward Island National Park, starting and finishing at the Cavendish beach complex.

Fifteen-year-old Isaac McCardle races his dad, Darcy McCardle, to the finish line at the Cavendish Homestead Boogie Race at Prince Edward Island National Park on Saturday, July 29.

Photo by Andrew Wagstaff

“I thought it was a lot of fun,” said Isaac. “I prefer trail running to road running. It’s a lot nicer.”
The conditions were also favourable, especially early on, before the temperature started to creep up later in the morning.
“It was perfect, we couldn’t have asked for better,” said Darcy. “It was a great course… I love the trails here. It was awesome, with lots of enthusiasm.”
Finishing third in the 6K was Xavier St. Onge at 26:42. Top females were Annick Gagne at 30:11, followed by Maria Musseman at 30:54, and Karen O’Brien at 38:23.
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In the 10.8K race, it was Ryan Smith, a visitor from Arthur, Ont., who crossed the finish line first at 48:39. This is the first trip to the Maritimes for Smith and his family, and he said he wanted to make the most of it and look for a race while he was here.
“It was beautiful, with good sections, and a nice rhythm,” said Smith, surrounded by his many family members, including his parents and his children. “There was a nice challenging hill on the back stretch, but the way home was good. These guys led me down the trail.”
Finishing second behind Smith was David Peaker at 59:02, followed by Harvey Stiles at 1:00:45. Top females were Skye Tsotras at 1:01:57, Shanice MacDonald at 1:04:52, and Amir Zuccolo at 1:07:12.
Fresh off his win at last weekend’s Tea Hill 8K for Carsen Campbell in Stratford, Lucas Boudreau won the 16.8K race with a time of 1:11:43.
Boudreau said he enjoyed the beautiful location, the flat course, and the gorgeous weather on the day. As for his performance, he seemed content with the result.
“I was hoping to be under 1:10, but I faltered a bit around the 10-12K mark,” said the 20-year-old. “I lost myself mentally, but I brought it back. What can you do? I’m still learning.”
Boudreau was followed by Alex Bain in second place at 1:16:10, followed by Leo McCosham at 1:19:18. Top females were Laura Wing at 1:21:35, Mary Hart at 1:28:54, and Carla MacKay at 1:32:15.
A total of 61 participants turned out today, pleasing race director Stephanie Barry-Benedik, who put on the event as a fundraiser for wildlife medical care at the Atlantic Veterinary College.
“It’s really exciting that people came out today for a first-time event,” she said. “I’m also really proud of the amount of volunteers who came out. They hiked down the trail, sat in a chair in the sun with bug spray on and were more than happy to help me on turnaround points.”
One of the runners finished his race, drank a bottle of water, and then volunteered to help out with the timing at the finish line.
“It was so incredible,” said Barry-Benedik.