Moms come out for Mother’s Day Marathon
Sunday’s cool weather didn’t stop runners of all ages from descending on North Hatley to take part in the first North Hatley Mother’s Day Half-Marathon which attracted more than five hundred runners from as far away as Alberta and France. “It was a true Mother’s Day event: almost half of the runners registered, 252, were women,” said mayor Michael Page.
The run, which included 1 km courses for children, 5 km, 10 km and 21.1 km courses, took participants through the streets of the village and along the lake. “It was exciting to participate in a marathon compared to just going for a run by yourself. It makes you push yourself a little more,” said the mayor who ran in the 10 km race. His oldest daughter also ran in the event. “Hopefully, next year, I’ll do the half-marathon; I’ll maybe have to train a little harder.” Ste. Catherine-de-Hatley mayor, Jacques Demers, also ran in the event, taking part in the 5 km race.
Following the morning run was a Mother’s Day brunch under a big tent that was installed in River Park. “With the spectators, we must have had over six hundred people in River Park,” mentioned Mr. Page. “It was all very well-organized and we had lots of volunteers, including four or five firemen who directed traffic. Many businesses were also involved, like Café Massawippi which catered the brunch, and the B & B La Chocolatiere d’Hatley which provided chocolates for the winners. I’d like to thank the volunteers; we couldn’t have done it without them,” added the mayor.
The half-marathon was organized by Courir en Estrie which gives 10 % of the profits to a local non-profit organization, in this case, the North Hatley Recreation Society which provides summer and winter outdoor activities to people of all ages and from all the municipalities in the region, not just North Hatley. “We will be giving the North Hatley Recreation Society about $1,500,” said Patrick Mahoney of Courir en Estrie.
More than 75 runners took part in the big event: the half-marathon. Those posting the best times were Mariana Longpré (women, 1h39m31s) and Adam Young (men, 1h26m25s). Of the more than 200 runners in the 10 km, fastest times were by Émilie Marchand (women, 46m19s) and Seira Suzuki Fortin (men, 41m44). The 5 km, won by Genevieve Lafontaine (22m43s) and Michael Boulet (18m48s), had 175 participants. Ninetytwo girls and boys between 3 and 12 took part in the children’s 1 km run.
Happy Mom Marysol arrives at the finish line of the 1 km race at the North Hatley Mother’s Day Half-Marathon, with her daughter, three year-old Anne-Sophie.
A crowd of enthusiastic young runners waits for the sound of the starting pistol at last Sunday’s 1 km race. On the left, half marathon winner Adam
Young received his medal from North Hatley mayor Michael Page.