Cartwright youth gets sec­ond chance in Trapline

Chase Blake fin­ished 5 km race in un­der 25 min­utes

The Labradorian - - Classified - BY DANETTE DOO­LEY

Chase Blake of Cartwright sur­prised many on Oct. 7 when he came in third over­all in the Trapline Marathon’s five kilo­me­tre event.

The eight-year-old was clocked at a re­mark­able time of un­der 25 min­utes.

A Grade Three stu­dent at Henry Gor­don Academy, Chase started cross-coun­try run­ning early into the school year. His age group trained for a one kilo­me­tre run.

“Chase did the one kilo­me­tre in four min­utes and six sec­onds,” his mother Nikki Brown-Dyson said of the cross-coun­try event that took place in Cartwright ear­lier in Oc­to­ber.

While Chase prac­ticed for the 1km run with his school friends, she said, he’d of­ten keep run­ning dur­ing train­ing. It wasn’t un­usual for him to run over 5km, she said.

“He just has this en­ergy to keep go­ing and go­ing,” Brown-Dyson said dur­ing a re­cent phone in­ter­view.

Know­ing that her son had a keen in­ter­est in run­ning, BrownDyson regis­tered Chase for the Trapline Marathon’s 3km event which took place in Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay the day be­fore the 5km run.

Well ahead of the other run­ners, Chase missed the turn­around mark dur­ing his 3km run when spot­ters didn’t re­al­ize he had kept on go­ing.

While Chase was up­set, Brown-Dyson said, he did even­tu­ally fin­ish the race and, be­cause of what had hap­pened, was given an op­por­tu­nity to run the 5km the next day.

“We were pretty ex­cited about that,” Brown-Dyson said.

Chase’s mother was also elated with her son’s amaz­ing fin­ish in the 5km.

He was the sec­ond youngest run­ner in the race, she said.

“The 19-and-un­der group (of run­ners) and the adults ran at the same time. Chase came third over­all. His time was 24 min­utes and 54 sec­onds,” his mother said.

Chase was tired but ex­cited at the end of the race, Brown-Dyson said.

When asked over the phone about run­ning, Chase said he felt good dur­ing his 5km run.

He felt tired, he said, but kept run­ning.

“It makes me feel good,” he said about long dis­tance run­ning.

Chase said he was happy to see so many peo­ple he knew at the fin­ish line.

“My gym teacher, my Mom and Dad, my baby sis­ter,” he said of those on the side­lines cheer­ing him on.

Chase’s gym teacher, Michael Scott, won the Trapline’s 10-km race.

Brown-Dyson said she ap­pre­ci­ated all the peo­ple who turned out to cheer on Chase and all the other run­ners.

“We had fam­ily there and a lot of peo­ple from Cartwright there and a lot of peo­ple that used to live in Cartwright,” she said.

Brown-Dyson said Chase is al­ready talk­ing about next year’s Trapline.

“He wants to keep at it and he’s got me coaxed into run­ning (in the Trapline) with him next year,” she said.

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Chase Blake (front) with his friends from Cartwright about to run the Trapline’s 5km. From left, Tamika Pardy-Hol­well, Tia Mor­ris, Coby Mor­ris and Lyn­don Hol­well.


Eight-year-old Chase Blake (fol­low­ing the 5km race) with his step­fa­ther Terry Ford, mother Nikki Brown-Dyson and one-year-old sis­ter Car­leigh Ford. Miss­ing from photo is Chase’s seven-year-old brother Sa­muel Blake.

Chase Blake dur­ing the Trapline’s 5km run.

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