124 Run­ners fin­ish Bor­der-Fest footrace

Stanstead Journal - - SPORTS - Vic­to­ria Vanier Stanstead

Eric Fer­land, a lo­cal man from Stanstead East, was the win­ner of the Bor­der-Fest 5KM race which at­tracted over one hun­dred and twenty run­ners of all ages from places as far away as the United King­dom. Mr. Fer­land, whose fa­ther Gil­bert is the mayor of Stanstead East, ran in the 20 to 29 year-old cat­e­gory and fin­ished with an im­pres­sive time of 18 min­utes and 20 sec­onds. Or­ga­niz­ers of this well-run race have not yet started keep­ing track of the mil­lisec­onds, but they’re prob­a­bly work­ing on it!

The sec­ond fastest run­ner was Paul Cham­bers, of Is­land Pond, Ver­mont, who ran in the same age group as Mr. Fer­land but fin­ished with a time of 18 min­utes and 50 sec­onds. Right be­hind him was Stanstead’s Cameron Mur­phy who com­pleted the race in 18 min­utes and fiftytwo sec­onds.

The fastest woman was record holder Mary-Lou But­ter­field, from Sher­brooke, who fin­ished in 19 min­utes and three sec­onds, un­able to beat her pre­vi­ous record. “There were no records bro­ken this year. For some strange rea­son, most of the run­ners were slower than their best times,” said Og­den mayor Michael Sud­low who or­ga­nizes and runs the event with the help of his friends and neigh­bours.

Known as one of the fastest oc­to­ge­nar­i­ans in Que­bec, Jean Ber­naquez, of Mon­treal, at­tended the Bor­der-Fest race again and fin­ished with an amaz­ing time of 30 min­utes and 12 sec­onds, prov­ing once again that: You don’t stop mov­ing when you get old – you get old when you stop mov­ing! “Mr. Ber­naquez races an av­er­age of about one race a week and he came to the race with a sep­tu­a­ge­nar­ian that he of­ten races with,” said Mr. Sud­low.

“I’d like to thank the vol­un­teers and the Bou­tique le Coureur for all the prizes and Marches Tra­di­tion for the wa­ter and or­anges for the run­ners,” con­cluded Mr. Sud­low.

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