I think it's safe to say that any runner, casual or competitive, would agree with me when in saying that running is the best therapy. Earlier this year, after a particularly stressful day, I was running on the track to burn off some steam. During that run I had a lot of time alone with my thoughts, and realized that it was time to regain control of my happiness. I decided to quit my job and pursue building my own business, to move 2.5 hours away and start properly building a life with my partner, and to amp up my running and complete my first full marathon, all before the end of the year. Well, here we are with 2.5 months left in the year and I'm proud to say that I've officially accomplished all those goals! To anyone out there who is idling in any facet of their lives; go for it!!! If you really, TRULY, commit yourself to the things you've been telling yourself you're going to do, you'll discover that your dreams are a lot more tangible than you ever thought. ??? Proudest achievement of my life thus far. ? #babysfirstmarathon #peimarathon #runnersofinstagram #instarunners #greenwoodrunningcompany
The Toronto Waterfront Marathon wasn’t the only running event to take place over the weekend.
The Prince Edward Island Marathon took place Sunday and offered multiple races all concluding in downtown Charlottetown.
The marathon was won by local Charlottetown-native Stan Chaisson in a time of 2:41:15. Billy MacDonald of Cornwall, P.E. was second in 2:48:16 followed by Chad Gilbert of Halifax in third with a time of 2:48:25.
In the women’s race, Jen Nicholson of Cornwall, P.E. was first to cross the finish in a time of 3:04:42. Helga Macneill of Kensington, P.E. ran 3:14:31 for second with Amber Spriggs of Charlottetown was third in 3:24:08.
The Half Marathon was won by Calvin Desroches of Northam, P.E. (1:24:34) and Erin Poirier of Halifax (1:27:03).
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Out on the east coast, the Cape to Cabot 20K hosted 400 runners who completed the scenic but extremely challenging course from Cape Spear to the top of Signall Hill.
First to cross the finish line was Jason Guy who crossed the line in 1:17:35 followed by Peter Bazeley in second (1:19:07) and Jordan Veenstra in third (1:21:40).
Kate Bazeley was the first female as well as third place overall in 1:21:34. Jennifer Murrin was second in 1:24:19 while Katie Wadden was third in 1:31:03.
The Whistler 50 Relay and Ultra also took place over the weekend and offer individual and team categories over a 50 mile (80K) course which is run as multiple laps of 20K broken up into 13K and 7K legs.
The open team ‘The Point Grey Full Moon’ was first to complete the relay category and featured several recent Olympians in Evan Dunfee and Chris Winter. Dunfee finished a very close fourth at the 2016 Rio Olympics in the 50K race walk while Winter competed in the men’s 3,000m steeplechase.
In the individual ultra category, Ullas Narayana of Vancouver was the first male in 6:30:46 while Lauren Powell of North Vancouver was the first female in 7:04:00.