Almost 100 people took part in this past Sunday’s Yarmouth Marathon and, in terms of pure numbers, it was the event’s most recent addition – the marathon relay – that proved to be the most popular of the race’s distance options.
This was the third year for the relay, whereby participants can team up and divvy up the marathon distance of 42.195 kilometres, and this year there were four teams consisting of 28 people all told (two teams of eight, one team of seven, one of five).
Leading the way in a time of 4:05:34 was Jack-e’s Team, consisting of Ken Zambito (Celebration, Florida), Arnie Goodwin, Dave Arthur and Jack-e Goodwin (all of the Yarmouth/Yarmouth County area), Carol Chinn (Celebration, Florida) and local runners Karen Bower and Dylan Bower.
No individual times were recorded for the relay runners, just a total time for the team.
Only three people opted to do the full marathon this year, including Andrew Wagstaff, a 43-year-old from Parrsboro, who ran 3:42:08, and Elaine Burkholder, 61, of Charlottetown, P.E.I., who ran 4:10:48. Local runner Elise LeBlanc, a former Yarmouth women’s marathon champion, was third in 4:45:26.
Thirteen runners did the half marathon, led by Yarmouth-area runner Marco Albright, 44, who ran 1:29:22. Local runners Ian Cunningham, 44, and Shawn Muise, 43, were second and third, respectively, in 1:32:34 and 1:46:46.
Julia Janicki, 28, of Hay River, Northwest Territories, was the first female finisher in 1:57:24. Angie Saulnier, 51, of Yarmouth County, was the second female finisher in 2:00:26 and Kate Surette, 23, also a local, was next in 2:07:46.
In the 10K, which had 19 participants, Yarmouth County runner Bryan Hipson, 52, led the way with a clocking of 36:52. Adam Shand, 39, of Shag Harbour was next in 45:25, followed by local runner Andrew Pace, 49, in 45:33.
Heather Baillie, 37, another local, led the women with a time of 47:17.
Twenty-five people did the adult 5K, with local runners Sherri Goodwin first in 21:49 and Jim Rideout second in 22:23, but the day's fastest 5K time was posted by nine-year-old Dana Hill, who ran 20:55 to lead the eight-runner field in the 12-and-under 5K.