Annual Dave MacAulay 5-K Folly planned for next month

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Participants in a previous Dave MacAulay 5-K Folly race away from the starting line at the beginning of the annual event.

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Ross Thomas

 

SACKVILLE, N.B. – The 14th annual Dave MacAulay 5-K Folly is set to go at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 11, 2014. Again this year the event is occurring in conjunction with Mount Allison’s spring convocation.

This Folly is put on both to showcase some of this area’s fastest distance runners as well as a communal shaking off the winter cobwebs for the less competitive. This year it is timed to coincide with convocation weekend so we hope to have lots of alumni out to strut their stuff.

This event celebrates the memory of Dave MacAulay, a well known athlete and supporter of local sports in Sackville. MacAulay ran in the Boston Marathon in his early 20s in the heady era of Johnnie Miles. He recognized the importance of athletics in the development of happy, well-rounded human beings. Dave encouraged young athletes from both town and university communities and showed us all what it is to be a quintessential gentleman.

This is just one of many examples of Dave the collaborator. In this spirit of reconciliation, we hope to see lots of folks from administration and faculty come out and enjoy a bit of exercise and friendly competition.

The Folly is open to all ages who are able to propel themselves by walking, jogging, hopping, or running around the five-kilometer course. Anyone interested is welcome to come along and enjoy the fresh air and camaraderie.

For those with a competitive nature, this is a Run NB sanctioned event and as such there will be times available on the Run NB website http://www.runnb.ca. You can compare your results to your previous years’ results to see if you are really getting older, whether you meet the Run NB standards for gold – under 18 minutes for men and 21 minutes for women. Silver is sub-19 and sub 23:30 and bronze is sub-22 and sub-25:30. Competitors will aslo be able to see how they fared compared to local competition.

Again, with the support of the Town of Sackville and Mrs. Jean MacAulay, there is no registration fee, but everyone is asked to sign up for insurance purposes and of course if they want their time.

Registration is from 1-1:45p.m. on Race Day at the athletic centre. This year organizers are giving out cash prizes to the top youth finishers. As usual the Kookie Kutter will again be generously supplying refreshments after the race.

The course record for men is 16:07, held by Jeremie Pellerin of Cocagnem while Matt Wheaton is the fastest local with a best of 17:33. Heidi Mclellan of Moncton holds the female record of 20:26. Caroline Evans at 21:03 is the local fast lady.

This year there are lots of students out for track and field so we hope to see some of this crowd out to show their stuff. See you Sunday, May 11, at 2 p.m.

         

Geographic location: SACKVILLE, Moncton

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