Runners in the half marathon leave the Lester Centre of the Arts on Sunday afternoon.

Runners in the half marathon leave the Lester Centre of the Arts on Sunday afternoon.

Prince Rupert running season kicks off with half-marathon

A total of 89 runners took to the highway on Sunday for the 32nd Annual Half Marathon.

A total of 89 runners took to the highway on Sunday for the 32nd Annual Half Marathon, taking advantage of the sunny skies to start the new season.

The event consisted of an eight-kilometre run and half marathon, either individually or as part of a team.

In the 8K women’s open division Amber Sheasgreen finished first with a time of 35:41, the fastest time of all women, followed by Lia Wallace at 38:09 and Shawna Duncan at 38:50. Jenifer Ferguson won the women’s 40-49 division with a time of 47:56, followed by Andrea Nelson at 48:14 and Signi Solmundson at 48:20. The 50-59 women’s division was won by Paddy Jones with a time of 45:57, while Susan Enns finished second at 51:34 and Lori McWilliams placed third at 55:01.

On the men’s side of the 8K, Charles Tree won the open division with a time of 36:06, followed by Joshua McDonald at 37:45 and Sheldon Wiebe at 40:05. Carl Kafka in the 40-49 men’s age group finished with the fastest overall time of all runners at 35:20, and he was followed in his age group by John Farrell at 49:04 and Jeff Baturin at 1:10:54. In the 50-59 age group, Gary Pettipas took the top spot with a time of 38:57, followed by Jeffrey Brown at 44:53 and Bob Cuthbert at 49:15. There was one over-60 entry, with Kurt Schlegel finishing in 58:53.

The overall fastest woman in the half marathon and the winner of the women’s open division was Nicole Calame with a time of 1:41:48, just ahead of Tammy Kingston at 1:42:20 and Kerstim Bertin at 1:43:37. Kim Goffic won the 40-49 age group at 1:59:51, followed by Bonnie Baker at 2:09:22, and the lone woman in the 50-59 division was Gail Bennett with a time of

1:57:20.

Judson Rowse, the lone male in the 40-49 age group, was the fastest overall runner in the half marathon with a time of 1:34:22. The men’s open division was won by Dean Bertlin at 1:35:19, followed by Van Mason-Guy at 1:56:56, while the lone male over 60, Dale White, finished with a time of 2:12:48.

Runners also competed in two relay division for the half marathon, with one for mixed teams and won for women. The women’s relay division was won by Erin McMurtie and Gillian Grant with a time of 1:46:55, followed by Cindy Mah and Janice Fudger at 1:50:51 and Angela Boutilier and Leah Malo at 1:59:12. The mixed division was won by Tianna Wright and Shawn Carl at 1:44:41, followed by Aisha Kennedy and Troy O’Toole at 1:50:58 and Monica Clifton and Michael Cote at 2:17:32.