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Maritime Race Weekend: course record goes down

A good time was had by all (and some fast times by many) at Maritime Race Weekend

EDITOR’S UPDATE: David Freake won the Sunset 5K and the half-marathon at Maritime Race Weekend, but on October 22 he was reported to have failed an in-competition drug test at this year’s Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend and was handed a four-year suspension. Results have been updated to reflect this.

Another Maritime Race Weekend went off without a hitch Friday evening and Saturday in Fisherman’s Cove, N.S., with many happy pirates gathering to test their summer training at two different 5Ks, a 10K and a half-marathon.

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Paula James took down Denise Robson’s course record in the Sunset 5K on Saturday by one second, finishing third overall in 18:07. (James also won her 40-49 age group.) Meanwhile, Robson, running the half-marathon course for the first time, set a new course record of 1:21:17, lowering Rayleen Hill’s previous record of 1:23:46 by a generous two minutes and 26 seconds. And Alex Neuffer took 50 seconds off Matt McNeil‘s 10K record, set last year, with his 30:58 finish.


Paula James on her way to breaking the course record at the Sunset 5K. Photo: Bob MacEachern Photography

“It was ideal running conditions both days, and it shows in our results,” says race director Michelle Kempton.

A new addition to the festivities this year was the Rogers Kitchen Party at the finish line of the half-marathon. “Having the Rogers Kitchen Party at the finish line took our post-race party to a whole new level,” adds Kempton. “It was a two-hour concert filled amazing east coast music.
“As the race director, I was too busy to watch the concert, but a huge smile would come across my face every time I heard the band yell out “sociable,” which on the east coast means ‘take a drink!’ Since beer is included with registration, everyone at the after-party definitely had an authentic Maritime experience.”

Sunset 5K results


Nick McBride 17:42
Matt Parker 17:44
Zack Rogers 18:44


Paula James 18:07 CR (and third overall)
Katie Robinson 18:22
Rayleen Hill 18:48

Sunrise 5K results (Saturday)


Stephane Piccinin 17:22
Cole Reinders 17:23
Matthew Callaghan 17:38


Paula James 18:41
Stephanie Seaward 20:03
Angel MacEachern 21:07

Coastal 10K (Saturday)


Alex Neuffer 30:58 CR
Ben Firth 37:39
Mitchell Firth 39:36


Erin Poirier 39:58
Whitney Canning 42:16
Candela Bosco Suarez 44:01

Scenic Half-Marathon (Saturday)


Dennis Mbelenzi 1:17:32
Darren Kaulback 1:23:33
William Bryden 1:24:18


Denise Robson 1:21:17 (second overall)
Sophie Whittaker 1:33:52
Danielle Carter 1:35:16

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