Four-year-old Zane Power leads a group of runners, including his dad John, right, and Joanne Smith, left, during the annual Main Street Mile race on Saturday afternoon. The event is held as part of Sackville’s Fall Fair weekend. TOWER PHOTO
On The Run
by Graeme Stewart
SACKVILLE, N.B. – Another edition of Sackville’s increasingly renowned Fall Fair has come and gone and with it the 12th annual Main Street Mile. And by any measure this year’s mile event was one of the most successful ever!
This year’s race showcased the energy and enthusiasm of 174 souls who coursed along Sackville’s closed Main Street ahead of the Fall Fair Parade. Besides a bit of a glitch at the start line where we inadvertently initially listed last years’ runners on the race bibs (my fault) the start was an otherwise smooth debut for new race director Nancy Burkhart.
The buffeting southerly wind along the middle half of the race once again made its familiar presence felt, but otherwise the run basked in the beautiful sunshine that blessed this year’s fair.
The overall winner was Sackville and Mount Allison’s own Jonathon Craig, 21, who climbed up to two places from last year’s third place finish to capture the crown this year in 5:23:09. Benoit Boudreau, 28, of Moncton took second with a finishing time of 5:31:23. The “bronze” went to Nick MacLean, 15, who also won the junior division in 5:32:49. Nick hails from Moncton and represents MacNaughton High School’s cross-country team, which graced our race with 32 runners clad in MacNaughton green!
The women’s crown went to Elita Rahn, 37, of Jolicure who clocked a 5:54:54. The woman’s junior division was captured by Sadie Smith, 15, of Moncton (and also a MacNaughton student) who trotted in with a tidy 6:22:68.
Among the large pre-teen crowd, Dorchester’s Logan Reid, 11, and Sackville’s Oliver Premier, 10, finished 1-2, finishing in 6:14:82 and 6:15:48 respectively. There were 44 finishers aged 10 or less this year – largely due to the efforts of Salem school and Mrs. Dobbin, who promoted the race to our younger citizens. Thank you!
Once again, family ties featured prominently in the race stats with far too many families to mention all of them here, but notable among them were the Powers, Longpres, Dobbins and Wades, each of which families included at least four runners.
Three youngsters ran the race at age only four. These were Zane Power and Finn Maloney of Sackville and Abby Lyon of Moncton. All three of these promising young runners were accompanied by their parents, but sprinted to the finish, leaving their parents to eat their dust. Way to go kids.
The Main Street Mile is the third in the series of Sackville’s three town-sponsored races/fun runs each year. There are other local runs each year too: I am thinking, of course, of the Terry Fox Run and the Mount A sponsored SMILE run in March. Run NB also features events across our fair province, and in the Amherst area there are now seven races each year. The next one is the Pumpkin Run 5K on Oct. 26. With so many options, local runners and joggers have a veritable smorgasbord to choose from.
Congratulations to all finishers of this year’s Main Street Mile. The complete results will be posted soon on the Run NB website. A little stopwatch glitch means some of the results after position number 103 are a wee bit suspect. Check it out.
For anyone who didn’t run and would like to, there is always next year. Remember that this race is one of the cheapest in the Run NB series and being only one mile – almost anyone can run it. Keep in mind too all the other options mentioned here.
Another point: running in races is fun, but certainly not the only way to participate in this great sport – just getting out and trotting along for the joy of it has many of its own rewards. Whatever your choice, enjoy your run.