Moms come out for Mother’s Day Marathon

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Vanier, North Hat­ley

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.

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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.

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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.

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