Blue­berry Run ath­lete goes ex­tra dis­tance

Ben Mo­ri­ar­ity ac­ci­den­tally dou­bles 5K goal

The Compass - - Sports - BY CHRIS LEWIS chris.lewis@cb­n­com­pass.ca

The an­nual Blue­berry Run in Har­bour Grace saw plenty of skilled ath­letes run its course ear­lier this month, how­ever, none ran quite like young Ben Mo­ri­ar­ity.

Mo­ri­ar­ity, 11, is a grade six stu­dent at Car­bon­ear Academy. With years of run­ning un­der his belt, the young ath­lete put his cross-coun­try skills to the test.

This year’s was held on Sun­day morn­ing, Oct. 1, fea­tured three run­ning cat­e­gories – the tra­di­tional 10-km run, along­side the newly in­tro­duced five-kilo­me­tre, and a three­k­ilo­me­tre event, which al­lowed par­tic­i­pants to choose be­tween run­ning and walk­ing. Most stu­dents com­ing from Car­bon­ear Academy took part in the lat­ter, though Mo­ri­ar­ity and a cou­ple of his friends de­cided to step it up a notch and take on the five-kilo­me­tre run.

Tak­ing pride in his skills as a run­ner, Mo­ri­ar­ity and his friends were look­ing for­ward to run­ning a strong race.

How­ever, in the heat of the mo­ment, Mo­ri­ar­ity had com­pletely missed the 5-kilo­me­tre turn with­out even re­al­iz­ing it.

Mo­ri­ar­ity ex­plained that it wasn’t un­til he saw the sev­enkilo­me­tre marker that he re­al­ized he had gone too far.

“By that time, we knew some­thing had hap­pened, be­cause he hadn’t come in,” said Ben’s mother, Amanda Mo­ri­ar­ity, who also teaches at Car­bon­ear Academy. “But he didn’t want to stop, he wanted to keep go­ing with it, even though he knew he had al­ready gone too far.”

Ben is in­volved is sev­eral sports, in­clud­ing hockey and soft­ball, along­side cross-coun­try, and has been run­ning in races such as this for a few years now. In the past, he’s com­peted in sev­eral Pippy Park Runs, as well as the Blue­berry Run and Har­vest Run in past years.

At the end of the day, Ben came out of this year’s Blue­berry Run with a fi­nal time of 52 min­utes – 19th place in the 10-kilo­me­tre run.

“He was clearly very proud

when he came out of it,” said Amanda. “Every­one was cheer­ing him on, and he did pretty good with it, con­sid­er­ing he hadn’t even reg­is­tered for the 10-k in the first place.”

Ben was the only boy of his age range to take part in the 10-kilo­me­tre race. When asked how it felt to fin­ish the morn­ing with dou­ble his orig­i­nal goal, Ben, a boy of few words, told The Com­pass “it felt good,” sport­ing a proud smile as he waited for the chance to go run more laps in the school’s gym be­fore hockey prac­tice.

After dou­bling his orig­i­nal goal of five kilo­me­tres at Har­bour Grace’s Blue­berry Run, Ben Mo­ri­ar­ity came out with a fi­nal time of 52 min­utes.

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