Prince Rupert runners compete in half-marathon

The Rupert Runners' had sunny skies at their backs during their 33rd annual Half-Marathon, Two-Person Relay and 8K Race earlier in April.

The Rupert Runners’ had sunny skies at their backs during their 33rd annual Half-Marathon, Two-Person Relay and 8K Race earlier in April.

The runners, some of whom had been training for weeks in preparation for the event, started at the Lester Centre and continued along Highway 16, reaching the Galloway Rapids rest area, and switching back.

The winners of the 8 km overall race were Nola Strimbold and Marc Hrehircheck with times of 0:42:24 and 0:31:08 respectively.

Other categories included the 8 km open, and Andrea Dantas (0:42:26) and Hrehircheck (31:08) were the victors there.

The 8K Masters 1 featured a women’s top-three of Strimbold, Corinne Bromben and Kate Toye while the 8K Masters 2 champions were Sandra Jones for the women and John McVey for the men, followed by Erika Pikola and Susan Enns for the women and Bob Cuthbert and Brian Emery for the men.

Eight-K Masters 3 saw Diana Hoffman and David Shearer take the title with in their respective divisions while Dale White and Michael Reid claimed second and third for the men.

The half-marathon overall leader-board had Roxanne Theriault (women’s — 1:56:19) and Francoise Dagerais Cote (men’s — 1:24:58) atop the standings, with Nancy Vandevelde and Judy Thompson following close behind. Joe Pelletier and Robert Massier followed up Dagerais Cote in the men’s category.

Theriault claimed the half-marathon open category for the women, while on the men’s ledger, Dagerais Cote and Pelletier (second) took home the open with the same scores as the overall.

In the half-marathon Masters 1, Vandevelde took first-place (2:04:25) with Thompson taking second while there were no entries for the men’s side.

In the half-marathon Masters 2 category, Massier claimed the title (1:45:48) and Jeffrey Brown followed (2:00:26).

During the half-marathon relay, the women’s team of Cora Parnell and Emma Payne claimed first with a time of 1:44:26. Erin Mutrie and Gillian Grant closely followed that with a 1:46:08 score and Samantha Kasdorf and Leigh Anne Magnusson (1:46:41) rounded out the top three.

For the male team relay, Ted McCreery and Tom Lee topped the board with 1:42:27.

The relay mixed teams saw Amber Sheasgreen and Ryan Staschuk victorious with a 1:35:21 time score. Marcie LeBlanc and Kris Pucci came in second (1:38:26) and Melissa Rektor and Sean Carlson finished third (1:43:06).