Hundreds participate in fifth annual Cross Border Challenge

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Darthmouth's Asaf Rashid was the first of 238 10 K runners to cross the finish line Saturday during the 5th Annual Cross Border Challenge in Amherst. Despite taking a wrong turn, he finished with a time of 35:26. 

AMHERST- Hundreds of runners of all ages and geographic locations descended upon Amherst for the fifth annual Cross Border Challenge this weekend.

The Saturday portion of the event, which featured both 10K and Half Marathon divisions, was well received by runners who were pleased with, not only the sunny weather, but with the race’s turn out and supportive volunteers.

Erin Penney, a lab instructor at Mount Allison, was pleased with the weather, as was Amherst’s Alex Legere. “It was a sunny day, with a nice breeze running across the marsh,” he said “It was a good turn out; nice to see everyone here.”

Legere also commented on how well organized the run was, a sentiment echoed by Sackville, N.B.’s Nick Bartlett.

“The amount of volunteers made it awesome,” said Bartlett. “There were volunteers at every corner, encouraging us during the whole run. It was almost heart-warming.”

Penney, Legere and Bartlett were three of the 238 runners who finished the 10K race.

Approximately 185 volunteers ensured that the race went according to plan, keeping a watchful eye on runners to make sure that they did not stray off course.

“It was fun, I got lost,” said Asaf Rashid of Dartmouth, the 10K’s eventual winner with a time of 35:26.

“I made a wrong turn about half way through the race which caused me to run on the Half-Marathon course for a bit before race volunteers informed me of my mistake. I barely held on to win.”

The first female runner to cross the finish line was Rayleen Hill, also of Dartmouth, who finished the race with a time of 37:25. She finished sixth overall.

As for the Half-Marathon, Sackville, N.B.’s Chuck Dixon finished first overall with a time of 1:19:43.

Kaili Van Vulpan of Amherst was the first female to complete the Half-Marathon with a time of 1:36:21. She finished ninth overall.

“To the runners, volunteers, organizers and residents of Amherst, I would like to congratulate you on making the Cross Border Challenge a success,” said Cumberland North NDP MLA Brian Skabar.

“You couldn’t ask for a better day to kick off the first full day of summer,” he added. “People who come to Amherst for an event like this are likely to come back. Why wouldn’t they?”

Organizer Judi Giroux was very pleased with how the race turned out.

“Again, for the fifth year in a row, this race was a great success,” she said.  “The day is wonderful: great runners, great volunteers and great numbers.”

Giroux estimates that over 500 people registered over the weekend to participate in one of the Cross Border Challenge’s races.

Eighteen of the racers received a special medal from Giroux for running each year since it began four years ago.

The Cross Border Challenge Half Marathon top 25 results are:

(Place name, home, time)

1 – Chuck Dixon of Sackville, N.B.: 1:19:43 

2 – Paul Thibodeau of Moncton: 1:24:53

3 – Patrick White of Halifax: 1:25:14    

4 – Tim Boutilier of Truro Heights: 1:30:09    

5 ­– Andrew Ross of Halifax: 1:32:24    

6 – Pat Bradley of Amherst: 1:35:11    

 7 – Anthony Fromm of Amherst: 1:35:41    

 8 – Woody Thompson of Jolicure, N.B.: 1:36:00  

 9 – KailiVan Vulpan of Amherst: 1:36:21 

10 – Larry Pardy of Amherst: 1:36:46      

11 – Ron MacDougall of Halifax: 1:42:04    

12 – Lauren Ross of Halifax: 1:42:19      

13 – Kevin Cody of Timberlea: 1:43:45

14 –Heather Griffiths of Moncton: 1:44:14

15 – Shawn Leger of Moncton: 1:44:14

16 – Timothy Dean of Halifax: 1:44:52

17 – Billy O'Brien of Moncton: 1:46:53

18 –Shelley Carroll-Dob of Amherst: 1:47:15

19 – Greg Gaudet of Amherst: 1:48:15

20 – Kristina Brown of Wellington: 1:49:26

21 – Sonya Fury of Aulac: 1:49:30

22 – Victor Wright of Amherst: 1:50:02

23 – Kirk Rioux of Amherst: 1:50:10

24 – Randy Faulkner of Middle Sackville: 1:51:24

25 – Adrian Roy of Amherst 1:53:22

The Cross Border Challenge 10K top 25 results are:

(Place, name, home, time)

1 – Asaf Rashid of Dartmouth: 35:26          

2 – Bryan Hipson of Yarmouth: 35:59

3 – Ryan Hatchard of Oxford: 36:18

4 – Mike Juurlink of Oakfield: 36:45 

5 – Simeon Fancy of Milton: 36:53

6 – Rayleen Hill of Dartmouth: 37:25

7 – Dave Nevitt of Dartmouth: 38:38

8 – Shawn Beaton of Dartmouth: 39:09

9 – Emily Hamilton of Halifax: 39:21

10 ­–Sheldon Morris of Springhill: 39:23

11 – Lavinia Carreau of Truro: 39:50

12 – Darrell Travis of Hampton: 39:55

13 – Paul Gallant of Halifax: 40:34

14 – Erin Poirier of Halifax: 40:56

15 – Alexis Juurlink of Oakfield: 41:02

16 – Anne Myers of Toronto: 41:12

17 – Mark Paris of Truro: 41:51

18 – Sarah Macdonald of Beechville: 41:57

19 – MacGregor Grant of Westcock: 42:10

20 – Robin Meister of New Ross: 42:22

21 – Matthew Wheaton of Sackville, N.B.: 42:58

22 – Robby Lafreniere of Amherst: 43:56

23 – Blair Currie of Timberlea: 44:00

24 – Andreas Dutkewych of Wolfville: 44:37

25 – Joshua Young of Elmsdale: 44:50


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Recent comments

  • Lynn MacPherson
    June 25, 2013 - 11:33

    was in the 10 k with my family. My son and daughter, mom, sister, brother, nephew, and sister in law. We all finished and my mom, Lena Stewart, from Lower Sackville, won second place for her age group. We were all so proud.

  • Bob
    June 23, 2013 - 21:59

    It is great to see an event that brings so many volunteers together. Without their help the event wouldn't be a success. A big thank you has to go out to the Cumberland Y Service Club for organizing annual event that will continue to grow.