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Joggler and 11-year-old win Lifemark 5K races at Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon

Hearts were warmed in Halifax yesterday as Abby Lewis and Michael Bergeron won the 5K

Blue Nose Marathon

The first female across the finish line at the Lifemark 5K (associated with the Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon) yesterday was only 11 years old. Her name is Abby Lewis, and she lives in Beaver Bank, N.S., near Halifax. Her time was 18:46, and she was sixth overall.

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The first male to finish was 28-year-old Michael Bergeron, who won the 5K while joggling.

Bergeron also joggled during last year’s Boston Marathon, finishing in 3:13. In a Global News report after the race, he claims he did not drop a ball until 15K into the race, and dropped only four balls in total. (He also proposed to his girlfriend during the race. She said yes.) Bergeron runs with the Halifax Road Hammers.

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For the fifth time, David MacLennan was the winner of the men’s marathon (a record for most wins), in 2:50:10. Sarah Latonas of Calgary won the women’s marathon in 3:22:21.

In other races this weekend, Paula James won the women’s half-marathon in 1:26:48. James was also the winner in 2016.

In the men’s half-marathon, defending champion Johana Kariankei of Kenya was first, in 1:12:18. 

21-year-old Chris Gray won the men’s 10K. Ashley Ryer won the women’s 10K. Ben Brown won the wheelchair 5K. Matthias Mueller won the men’s 15K, and Stacy Chesnutt (who is the race director for the Sole Sisters Women’s Race Series in Dartmouth, NS) won the women’s 15K.

11,000 people participated in seven different races over two days in the Nova Scotian capital.