Yar­mouth’s Turkey Run held for 10th year

Bryan Hip­son first male fin­isher, Sherri Good­win leads women

Tri-County Vanguard - - Sports - ERIC BOURQUE THE­VAN­GUARD.CA

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.

ERIC BOURQUE

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.

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