Chase the Pace a hit in Halifax

Evening of 5K time trials a great way for road runners to test themselves on the track

June 25th, 2018 by | Posted in The Scene | Tags: , , ,

A huge thank you to everyone who participated, volunteered, paced, cheered on Friday night! Chase the Pace Halifax was a great success. Thank you to @kellyandreaaa @lululemon & @aerobics_first for the sponsorship and coordinating support. Thanks to @covekombucha for the refreshments & @atlantic_chip for the race bibs! – The results are in: – Heat 1: Bruce Dunphy – 23:18 Eileen O’Toole – 24:23 Chris Fourgnaud – 24:27 Joelle Monaghan – 24:38 Jack Chediac – 24:44 Devin Chediac – 25:00 Ginger Bogusz – 25:41 Kim Phillips – 27:24 Melanie Marois – 28:30 – Heat 2: Shawn Devine – 20:45 Meghan Strum – 21:04 Morgan Armstrong – 21:37 Janet Hawkins – 22:18 Edie Allardice – 22:22 Jenn Coolen – 22:29 Kari Ellen Graham – 22:41 Jeff Covert – 22:46 Monica Rodriguez – 22:53 Laura Leslie – 22:56 Jenny Koutroulakis – 23:27 Lauren Koval – 23:37 – Heat 3: Doran Donovan – 20:13 Kali Caulier – 20:31 Jeff Langill – 20:35 Rob Ens – 20:38 Syed Shah – 20:38 Natasha Hull – 20:41 John Gillis – 20:42 Joesph Duffy – 20:58 Lindsay Ozon – 21:00 Matt Gauthier – 21:02 Matt Malenfant – 21:11 Mike Peters – 21:14 Rebbeca Cornick – 21:21 Laura Peters – 21:52 Courtney Barbour – 22:48 – Heat 4: Jonathan Walker – 18:26 Nick McBride – 18:28 David Martin – 18:38 Aaron MacInnis – 18:58 Mike MacKinnon – 18:58 Heather O’Donnell – 19:05 Craig Durling – 19:09 Matthew McLaughlin – 19:16 Maura Wieczorek– 19:23 David Thompson – 19:41 Erin Poirier – 19:44 Matt Benvie – 19:51 Erin McNeil – 20:00 Alex Tees – 20:04 Charlotte Gardiner – 20:08 Sara Mason – 20:10 Britney Benoit – 20:13 Jody Clarke – 20:34 – Heat 5: Jacob Benoit – 15:47 Justin Lalanne – 16:20 Justin Clarke – 16:47 Michael Bergeron – 16:56 (joggling) Ian Holdway – 17:07 Glenn Myers – 17:17 Kevin Duffy – 17:21 Andrew Dionne – 17:29 Aaron Sellers – 17:41 Gab Quenneville – 17:55 Colin Miller – 17:56 Patrick Bryden – 17:59 Matt Parker – 18:02 Mo Chediac – 18:02 Rami Bardessy – 18:05 Richard Wile – 18:16 Paula James – 18:21 Scott Symonds – 18:49 – – -#chasethepacehfx #hfxroadhammers #lululemon #pb #teamwork #community #bettertogether @thr33sixfive @dave.culligan @justgaviner @canadianrunning

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The Halifax Road Hammers hosted Halifax’s first-ever Chase the Pace event on Friday evening at the St. Mary’s University track.

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Inspired by a similar event hosted by Rob Watson’s training group Mile2Marathon in Vancouver for the past three years, HRH head coach Lee McCarron wanted to put together a fun evening of 5K time trials for people who may never have raced on a track.

Community sponsors including Lululemon, Aerobics First, Cove Kombucha and Garrison Brewery got on board, providing everything from branded shirts to track-side refreshments, to the post-race party at the brewery.

 

Eighty-two people showed up to race. There were five heats of 16 to 20 people per heat, with at least one volunteer pacer per heat. Heats were run every 20 to 25 minutes.

Best of all, the weather co-operated.

“I’d love to do this twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall,” says McCarron. “It’s nice to do something different.” 

The evening included an effort by joggler Michael Bergeron to capture the Guinness World Record for joggling a 5K, but he came up five seconds over the 16:51 record. (Bergeron won the 5K at the Blue Nose Marathon last month, while joggling.)