Footrace marks 40th anniversary
The 40th running of the Great Raisin River Footrace took place Sunday, Aug. 12 in Williamstown, where Green Valley native son Jacob Cameron topped the field in the 11 km course, winning by more than six minutes.
Cameron, a graduate of Glengarry DHS who currently resides in Ottawa, says he’s training to run in the Toronto marathon, in October. He adds that it’s nice to come home to Glengarry, where he had much running success as a youngster.
His advice to anyone thinking of taking up the sport is to enjoy it and not take it too seriously.
Cameron crossed the finish line 37 minutes, 19 seconds.
Sebastian Warner placed second (43:56), followed by Marc Henri (44:20), Rob Lefebvre (44:26), and Devon MacDonald (44:40).
Warner was coming off a 153 km event he completed the previous week.
The top woman was Leah Kyte, who was sixth overall, at 46:10.
In the 5 km race Alexandria’s Matthew Houlzet prevailed with a time of 18 minutes, 14 seconds, edging out Eric Neilsen by nine seconds. Jeff Lapierre was third, a further 10 seconds back, followed by Nicholas Chaput (19:56) and Blake Menard (20:55).
Houlzet only decided the night before the race that he would compete. He says that for much of the run, he stayed with Neilsen and Lapierre, until, with 800 m remaining, Houlzet found some separation.
The 18-year-old heads off to Fleming College in Peterborough next month, to study physiotherapy and occupational therapy, while also running with the school’s cross-country team.
Michelle Gordon was first amongst the women, ninth overall, with a time of 21:37.
At the awards ceremony, race directors Sheila Lafave and Wendell Lafave, who’ve helmed the Footrace for the past 11 years, announced they would hand the baton off to Beyond 21 and Jane McLaren. Beyond 21 is a charity that helps adults with developmental disabilities. The group will organize the 41st edition of the Footrace, preserving its history and character.
Joe Du Vall was honoured with a gift for having run in every one of the 40 races. The 64-year-old placed 37th this year in the 11 k.
Art Buckland presented the Richard Jarvo Memorial Trophy to Houlzet as the top male teen runner in the 5 k.
Zoe McIntosh received the Kathrine Switzer Trophy as the first female teen in the 5 k.
Complete results are available online at https://goo.gl/qV5Snb
NEXT DEADLINE: Monday, August 20, noon
PUSH IT: Matthew Houlzet drives for the finish in the 5k. Below, Sarah McCullough and partner roll along the home stretch.