Get ready to run in 15th an­nual 5KM

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Victoria Vanier

It’stime to get train­ing for the an­nual 5 km Road Race which takes place on Satur­day, July 9th, in Stanstead. Michael Sud­low, of Og­den, or­ga­nizes this event which at­tracts run­ners from near and far who com­pete in one of six­teen cat­e­gories for medals. The flat, scenic five kilo­me­ter course runs through his­toric Stanstead and along the recre­ational trail. “We keep the same course ev­ery year be­cause many of the run­ners like to keep track of their time, see if they have im­proved from year to year,” said Mr. Sud­low.

Reg­is­tra­tion is be­tween 8:00 am and 9:45 am, on the morn­ing of the race, in the Stanstead Col­lege gym­na­sium on Duf­ferin Street. The race will be­gin half an hour later than it has in pre­vi­ous years, mov­ing from 9:30 am to 10:00 am, and be­gins in front of the Stanstead Town Hall. “With the demise of the BorderFest, we no longer have to rush to clear the street of run- ners for the pa­rade,” said Mr. Sud­low. “After they cheer them on at the start, spec­ta­tors can see the run­ners when they reach the two kilo­me­ter mark just by tak­ing Wil­low Street be­hind Sun­ny­side school in a short walk. There they can cheer on their friends and rel­a­tives again,” he added.

There are eight age cat­e­gories rang­ing from 12 and un­der to 70 and over, and each of those is sep­a­rated by male and fe­male. As the race is de­scribed in its brochure, it is quite lit­er­ally “A race for the whole fam­ily”. Medals go to the top three run­ners in each cat­e­gory while door prizes are gen­er­ously supplied by Le Coureur Bou­tique, in Sher­brooke. Re­fresh­ments for the run­ners are supplied by Stanstead’s Les Marches Tra­di­tion. Last year’s event saw the big­gest par­tic­i­pa­tion to date with 129 run­ners.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the race call Michael Sud­low at 819 876-5378 or Gordie John­son at 819 838-5180.

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