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There was a re­peat win­ner and a first-time win­ner at a spe­cial run­ning event Sun­day morn­ing.

Mike MacK­in­non of Mis­couche com­pleted the hat trick while Stephanie Barry-Benedik of Strat­ford cap­tured her first Dunk River Road Race ti­tle un­der near per­fect con­di­tions. The 40th an­nual 7.22-mile run is one of the long­est-run­ning races on the P.E.I. Road­Run­ners Club cal­en­dar. All 40 events have been or­ga­nized by Paul Wright, and spon­sored by Call­beck’s Home Hard­ware.

“It was re­ally nice,” said Barry-Benedik, who was the first fe­male to fin­ish in 58 min­utes 28 sec­onds (58:28). “The head wind was nice and cool. . . I didn’t have wa­ter with me, and I used the aid sta­tions. They were per­fectly spread out, and that helped keep your tem­per­a­ture down. It was a re­ally nice run.”

MacK­in­non, who had a time of 42:38, now has three Dunk River Road Race titles to his credit, but this was the first one since the course changed in 2014. He pre­vi­ously won in 2010 and 2013.

“It’s a lot bet­ter safety-wise, but it’s still a tough course,” as­sessed MacK­in­non.

When asked if the new course’s de­gree of dif­fi­culty is the same, more or less, the Mike MacK­in­non of Mis­couche was the over­all win­ner of the 40th an­niver­sary of the Call­beck’s Home Hard­ware Dunk River Road Race in Bed­eque on Sun­day morn­ing. MacK­in­non’s time was 42 min­utes 38 sec­onds (42:38).

teacher at Three Oaks Se­nior High School in Sum­mer­side com­mented: “You’re go­ing back­wards, but the hills still go both ways. The fin­ish is a lit­tle tougher now be­cause be­fore you would go down the Bed­eque Stephanie Barry-Benedik of Strat­ford was the top fe­male run­ner in the 40th an­niver­sary of the Call­beck’s Home Hard­ware Dunk River Road Race in Bed­eque on Sun­day morn­ing. Barry-Benedik’s time was 58 min­utes 28 sec­onds (58:28).

rink road and it was down­hill, but here you are pushing right to the end.”

Pre­vi­ously, the fin­ish line was at the Bed­eque Area Recre­ation Cen­tre, but the race now starts and con­cludes at the Mount Dunk River Road Race re­sults:

1. Mike MacK­in­non, 42:38; 2. Steve Reeves, 43:15; 3. Carsen Camp­bell, 43:52; 4. Alec Free­man, 44:02; 5. Cory Birch, 46:29; 6. Alex Bain, 47:02; 7. Scott Clark, 49:15; 8. DJ Wel­ton, 52:26; 9. Jeff Maloney, 52:43; 10. Peter Walker, 52:54;

11. Paul Burn­ley, 53:47; 12. Nick Bridges, 54:48; 13. Clarke Petty, 55:36;

14. David Perry, 55:51; 15. Michel Irvine, 57:07; 16. Roy Ma­son, 57:47;

17. Damian Steen, 57:48; 18. Fran­cis Fa­gan, 57:59; 19. Stephanie Bar­ryBenedik, 58:28; 20; 20. Bev­erly Walsh, 58:55;

21. Caitlin Camp­bell, 1:02:00; 22. Martin Mor­ris, 1:02:17; 23. Ger­ald MacNeil, 1:02:27; 24. Jerry Gavin, 1:02:58; 25. Wayne Gairns, 1:02:59; 26. Heather Jones, 1:03:17; 27. Stacey Kuypers, 1:03:36; 28. Shan­ice Mac­Don­ald, 1:03:50; 29. Gor­don McCarville, 1:04:56; 30. Carol Yam­pol­sky, 1:04:57;

31. Sarah Waugh, 1:05:32; 32. Terri Vanider­s­tine, 1:06:03; 33. Ch­eryl Jef­fery-Landry, 1:06:51; 34. Jill Parkin­son, 1:07:11; 35. Cathy Vanider­s­tine, 1:07:52; 36. Paula Sark, 1:11:20; 37. Joan Du­mas, 1:11:21; 38. Don­nie Walsh, 1:11:21; 39. Bruce Mutch, 1:13:20; 40. Teresa Den­nis-Gal­lant, 1:13:21;

41. Stephanie Arse­nault, 1:13:49; 42. Frances Hef­fel, 1:15:15; 43. Rachel Cor­nish, 1:15:16; 44. Sarah Walker, 1:15:59; 45. Kevin McCarville, 1:18:58;

46. Peter Meggs, 1:21:07; 47. Diane Lawlor, 1:22:55; 48. Sherry Wake­lin, 1:25:08; 49. Ronda Belle­fontaine, 1:26:56; 50. Shelly Saulnier, 1:26:57.

Mo­riah Ma­sonic Lodge at the Junc­tion of High­way 1A and Route 171 in Bed­eque.

It was MacK­in­non’s first race on P.E.I. this sea­son, and his first since the Bluenose Marathon in Halifax, N.S., in May.

“I didn’t worry about time,” said MacK­in­non, 44. “I wanted to go out easy and see if I felt good, and then pick it up as I went through. That is what hap­pened. If you look at the time it wasn’t a great time, but I’m pleased with it.”

Barry-Benedik, who fin­ished 19th over­all out of 50 run­ners, was pleased with how she felt fol­low­ing the race.

“I wasn’t go­ing for time,” said the 34-year-old Barry-Benedik, an an­i­mal health tech­nol­o­gist

at the At­lantic Vet­eri­nary Col­lege in Char­lot­te­town. “It was a train­ing run just to see where I am at be­cause I have not done a lot of run­ning events lately.”

It marked Barry-Benedik’s sec­ond Dunk River Road Race, with her first in 2014.

“It’s hilly,” she said in de­scrib­ing the course. “Ev­ery time you come around a cor­ner there are quite a few grades, but there are some flat­ter sec­tions you can re­cover.

“Then you go up a hill and you re­cover, and go up an­other hill. It’s a good train­ing route, and a nice chal­lenge.”


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