Yarmouth’s Turkey Run held for 10th year
Bryan Hipson first male finisher, Sherri Goodwin leads women
On a much more pleasant day than what they got a year earlier, organizers of Yarmouth’s annual Boxing Day 5K saw the event’s participation level climb back up almost 60 per cent from 2017, with 158 people – runners and walkers – registering for the 2018 race.
This was the 10th edition of one of the local area’s most popular running events and a favourite holidayseason activity for many people.
While chilly, the morning was sunny and the conditions were a good deal better than they were 12 months before. The bitter cold and wind of 2017 apparently had kept many people away that year.
Bryan Hipson was among those who had turned out in 2017 – successfully defending his open men’s title then – and the 52-year-old was back for the race’s 2018 edition. He once again topped the field, this time with a clocking of 18:38.
Evan Saulnier, 16, was second in 19:56, fastest among males under 18, followed by Darcy Robbins, 47, who took third in 19:57.
Ian Cunningham, 44, was fourth in 20:56 and Shawn Muise, 44, was fifth in 21:09.
Sherri Goodwin, 41, was the first female finisher – and sixth overall – in 22:28.
Ellie Hiltz, 14, was the top female under-18 finisher – 15th overall – in 25:21.
The race had the same start time and route as before, the event getting underway at 10 a.m. near Tim Hortons/Wendy’s. From there, the participants headed south along Main Street on a course that covered nearly two loops.
The race again was followed by a reception at the Knights of Columbus hall, where runners, walkers and event volunteers had a chance to get some breakfast.
As before, the race would benefit the Megan Corkum Athletic Fund, which helps athletes who have to travel to compete.
Participants in Yarmouth’s 2018 Turkey Run make their way along Main Street on Wednesday morning, Dec. 26, as the 10th edition of the annual Boxing Day 5K gets underway.