124 Runners finish Border-Fest footrace
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.