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Racing through time

Bardeesy, Hamilton victorious at Louisbourg run

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Aug. 23, 2017

LOUISBOURG, N.S. – Visiting Fortress Louisbourg is an incredible experience. A large group of people found out last weekend what it’s like to run it.
The annual Louisbourg Race Through Time took place in Louisbourg, N.S. on Saturday, Aug. 19, and reviews are positive from organizers and participants alike.
“Everything went really well,” said Cindy Hynes, race director. “We had 178 finishers this year and the weather was cloudy and overcast, a change from the very sunny weather we have had for the past many years. The runners enjoyed going through the fortress and there was a fifer and drummer who played as they went over the Dauphin Bridge, a nice touch adding to the period.”

Rami Bardeesy of Halifax exits Fortress Louisbourg en route to winning the annual Louisbourg Race Through Time on Saturday, Aug. 19.

Photo courtesy of Cindy Hynes

The eight-mile race took place on gently rolling paved and dirt roads, along with the cobblestones within the fortress.
Finishing in first place was Rami Bardeesy of Halifax, with a time of 46:42, followed by Ian Macintyre at 47:42, and Jack Adams at 48:30.
Also making the trip from Halifax was Emily Hamilton, who was the top female finisher at 51:17.
“The race was a lot of fun,” she said. “There was a strong headwind getting to the fortress, but it was at your back towards the finish. I really liked the drummers in the fortress and the tourists even cheered you on.”
Hamilton also loved the prizes awarded to the top finishers, a
wood-carved sword-shield design that she described as the best award she
had ever received.
The second place female was Julie Martens, who finished at 53:13, Caden Macleod at 56:48.
It was the third time running the race for 14-year-old Macleod.
“There were really great conditions,” she said. “It wasn’t the best race for me, though, because I did a really long bike ride on Thursday. I was still very pleased with my run.”
For complete results by Limitless Race Timing, visit here .
The awards were presented in a post-race ceremony, which included a catered spaghetti and meatball supper that was enjoyed by all.