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Heavy rain affects turnout at MACPASS Miles

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Aug. 6, 2017

HALIFAX – The Macdonald Bridge was welcomed back to the Nova Scotia road racing calendar in style today, as the first MACPASS Miles race since 2014 was held.
Although the event had sold out the maximum 800 pre-registrations, little more than half of that number turned out to participate today, likely due to rainy weather, according to Alison MacDonald of Halifax Harbour Bridges.
“The weather had an effect on the turnout, like we thought it probably would,” she said. “But it was a great event, and everyone loved having it back. Despite the weather, it was, I think, very well received.”

Jonathan Peverill crossed the finish line first in the men’s race at the MACPASS Miles race in Halifax on Sunday, Aug. 6, the first time the event has been held in 2014 due to construction work on the bridge.

Photo courtesy of Kendra Sheppard

A downpour of rain greeted the women who ran the first race of the morning. In stopped in time for the men’s, boys’ and girls’ races, but these runners were anything but dry by that point.
“It poured up until the men’s race started, but by then everyone was soaked,” said Jonathan Peverill, who won the men’s race with a time of 4:42. He was followed by Graeme Allardice at 4:55, and Shawn Beaton at 5:01.
Having run the race in 2014 and for several years prior, Peverill said he was glad to see the return of the MACPASS Mile, which had to be shelved for the past two years due to construction work on the bridge.
“The MACPASS Mile is an awesome event that I’m glad to see back in the circuit,” he said. “It changes things up from the classic 5K, 10K, half and full marathon distances, not to mention the feeling of running straight down the middle of the bridge. Hopefully in future years it will return to the size it was 5-10 years ago, with inclusion of all runners from beginner to elite.”
Peverill’s goal was to come out the race healthy as he continues building up mileage for the upcoming university cross-country season this fall.
“Once the race started and we entered onto the bridge, I knew there would be no need to stress my body today, and used it as a good training effort in my buildup for the fall,” he said. “I forgot how much you have to climb in the first half of the race.”
Runners had bit of a steeper climb than the event had in previous years, due to a higher road deck on the bridge. Ashley Ryer, who won the women’s race with a time of 4:52, said she noticed the slightly steeper incline.
Ryer was followed by Sophie Watts at 4:57, and Emily Gordon at 5:14.
“I was really happy with the race and excited to have the MACPASS Mile back after a two-year gap,” said Ryer. “It was great having Sophie Watts and Emily Gordon out braving the rainy Maritime conditions and pushing the pace.”
Watts said she too was happy to run with a large group of women, and push it alongside Ryer and Gordon, her former teammate at the University of Guelph.
“It was a fun race,” she said. “I’d never done the MACPASS Mile and had always wanted to. It was looking like it was going to be rainy and windy but it wasn’t that bad once the race started.”
Boys and girls 17 and under also ran their own separate races, with Siona Chisholm winning the girls’ race in 5:37, followed by Mairin Canning at 5:42, and Emma Cameron at 5:52.
Among the boys, it was Oliver Porter placing first at 5:16, followed by Kyle Patelakis at 5:31, and Charles Langlois at 5:34.
For complete official results by Atlantic Chip, visit here .
“It was a great return of the MACPASS Miles,” said MacDonald.