Footrace marks 40th an­niver­sary

The Glengarry News - - Sports in the Glens -

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.

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PUSH IT: Matthew Houlzet drives for the fin­ish in the 5k. Be­low, Sarah McCul­lough and part­ner roll along the home stretch.

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