Com­mu­nity mem­bers come to­gether for Com­mU­NITY run in Alexan­dria

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BY SEAN BRAY Sports Editor Last week­end’s Com­mU­NITY Run in Alexan­dria was all about in­creas­ing aware­ness of di­ver­sity, in­clu­sion, and unity, ex­plains lead or­ga­nizer So­phie Ranger.

“It was nice to see peo­ple from the com­mu­nity en­cour­ag­ing and sup­port­ing run­ners on the course,” she adds.

As an in­clu­sive event, Ranger notes, “Clients sup­ported by Com­mu­nity Liv­ing Glen­garry were out walk­ing [or] rid­ing in the Duet bikes pur­chased with last year’s do­na­tions. Oth­ers were on the course cheer­ing on run­ners.”

Ranger says that the pro­ceeds from the 2018 edi­tion of the race, one that saw 406 reg­is­ter for par­tic­i­pa­tion, with 374 run­ning one of the three dis­tances – 1 km, 5 km, or 10 km – will be used to buy a re­cum­bent bike for the out­door gym fa­cil­ity be­ing in­stalled at Is­land Park.

Glen Camp­bell served as em­cee of this year’s event, with road cour­ses start­ing from and fin­ished at Alexan­dria’s sports dome.

Cornwall res­i­dent Eric Neilsen won the 10 km race, with a time of 36 min­utes, 35.9 sec­onds. Green Val­ley’s Jeff Lapierre was sec­ond (37:54.8).

The top fe­male fin­isher was Lapierre’s daugh­ter, Brooke, who crossed the fin­ish line at 45:20.5. Lynne Giroux was the run­ner-up, just un­der two min­utes later.

On the 5 km course, Alexan­dria’s Kee­gan Fil­ion breezed to vic­tory, check­ing in at 17 min­utes, 5.6 sec­onds. Top fe­male was Michelle Gor­don, also of Alexan­dria. She fin­ished in 21:23.5.

Ju­nior win­ners at the 5 km dis­tance were Cornwall’s Blake Shane (20.34.6) and Ot­tawa’s Olivia Chen (20.17.7)

In the 1 km race, Jay­den Hodge, (of Ot­tawa, 4.00.0), and Alexan­dria’s Sadie Cameron (4.00.3), topped the field.

So­phie Ranger, on be­half of the or­ga­niz­ing group, ex­presses her thanks to all spon­sors, vol­un­teers, “vol­uncheers,” and par­tic­i­pants, who in­cluded in­di­vid­u­als from lo­cal schools, sports teams, busi­nesses, and or­ga­ni­za­tions.

“Af­ter the run,” she adds, “I could hear peo­ple mak­ing plans to go have a cup of cof­fee or break­fast with friends and fam­ily mem­bers. I smiled be­cause the run was bring­ing peo­ple to­gether and bring­ing con­ver­sa­tions away from the dome and [into] our lo­cal cafés and restau­rants.”

It’s note­wor­thy that in each of the three races, the num­ber of women run­ning topped the men, with the largest dis­par­ity – 155 to 85 – in the 5 k.

Top 10 fin­ish­ers in the 10 k: 1 Eric Neilsen (36:35.9), 2 Jeff Lapierre (37:54.8), 3 Marc Henri (39:27.8), 4 Chris Di­raddo (44:20.9), 5 Brooke Lapierre (45:20.5), 6 Lynne Giroux ( 47: 07.1), 7 Ryan O’Con­nor (48:15.9), 8 Blake O’Con­nor (48:29.5), 9 Glenn O’Con­nor (48:29.9), 10 Julie Brunet (48:31.5).

Top 10 fin­ish­ers in the 5 k: 1 Kee­gan Fil­ion (17:05.6), 2 Daniel Lalonde (19:00.0), 3 Olivia Chen (20:17.7), 4 John Racine ( 20: 25.4), 5 Blake Shane ( 20: 34.6), 6 Alexan­dra McDonered ( 21: 15.8), 7 Michelle Gor­don (21:23.5), 8 Philippe Sum­mers (21:53.2), 9 Stephan Lav­i­gne (21:55.9), 10 Zoe McIntosh (22:05.8).

Top 10 fin­ish­ers in the 1 k: 1 Jay­den Hodge (4.00.0), 2 Sadie Cameron (4.00.3), 3 Ma­son Van­den Oete­laar ( 4.27.7), 4 Mathis Valade ( 4.41.7), 5 Phaedra Pa­caud (4.48.1), 6 Myr­iam Me­nard (4.48.2), 7 Alexis Lev­ert (4.59.0), 8 Josiane Morin ( 4.59.4), 9 Maxime Lav­i­gne ( 5.08.1), 10 Len­nan Pa­caud (5.11.7).



RUN­NING IN ALEXAN­DRIA: Top fin­ish­ers in last week­end’s Com­mU­NITY run were, from left, Brooke Lapierre (of Green Val­ley, fe­male win­ner of the 10 km course), Eric Nielsen (for­mer Glen­gar­rian, male 10 km win­ner), Alexan­dria’s Kee­gan Fil­ion (first male in 5 km race), Michelle Gor­don (also of Alexan­dria, top fe­male run­ner of the 5 k).

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