Third Annual Age of Sail Marathon Held
© Jamie Heap-The Citizen-Record
Keith Graham, a 91-year-old Fox River man, completed the 10 K portion of the third annual Age of Sail Marathon on Sunday with a time of 2:48:33. He was the oldest of the race's 30 participants.
WARDS BROOK-In spite of competition from the Not Since Moses Run in Five Islands, the third annual Age of Sail Marathon saw 30 runners participate Sunday.
“We usually have 50 runners, but we’re down this year due to competition from the Not Since Moses Run,” stated Ava Czapalay. “It (Not Since Moses Run) is moving to July next year, so we hope to be back up to 50 next year,” she added.
Each of the runners, who ranged from 20 to 91, received a medal, t-shirt and meal.
The oldest runner was Keith Graham, a 91-year-old from Fox River who completed the 10 K portion of the run with a very respectable time of 2:48:33. He wore number 588 in the race.
The Age of Sail Marathon, a unique country run that is a certified qualifier for the Boston Marathon, consists of a 5 K, 10 K, half-marathon (21.1 km) and full-marathon (42.2 km). “It was very awesome,” stated Maryianne Cullip of Truro, who ran her first 10 K Sunday. “It was very scenic, like a miniature Cabot Trail in some respects, with water on one side and the more hilly terrain on the other.”
Another first-time racer, Krystal Cheverie of Pictou, also had praise for the course. “It was beautiful, nice,” said Cheverie. “This is the first run I’ve ever been in, so I was very pleased with my time,” she added. “I just wanted to start and finish.”
Cheverie, who wore number 590, finished the 10 K run with a time of 1:01:31.
The first half-marathoner to complete the race was Sackville, NB’s Chuck Dixon who raced this past April in the Boston Marathon. His time was 1:24:33.
“I had to battle the wind, as well as the hills,” stated Dixon. “You know it’s a tough course when they name all of the hills,” he added. “It was a bit off my regular time, but, it was to be expected based on the nature of the course.”
Dixon will be racing in a mostly downhill marathon in Allentown, Pennsylvania; a community located just Philadelphia, PA, on Sunday, September 8, 2013.
With regards to the full-marathon, which saw seven runners compete in, Michael Gaudet, a 60-year-old marathon runner from Charlottetown, PEI, won the race with a time of 3:32:54. He was to receive a case of Schooner beer for his efforts.
“This course reminds me of Prince Edward Island, with all of its trees, hills and not much traffic,” said Gaudet. “My friend Francis Fagan told me about this race.”
Fox River’s Andrew Wagstaff finished the full-marathon 2nd with a time of 3:46:56.
“It’s sweet for a 60-year-old to win a marathon,” exclaimed Gaudet. “That doesn’t happen every day. Official results will be available at ageofsailmarathon.ca
The Age of Sail Heritage Centre, along with the FPW fire brigade and Shore Drive Community Development Association, support the race and receive its proceeds.
“It is a community event which we have been happy to support,” stated Oralee O’Byrne, the manager/curator of the Age of Sail Heritage Centre.
“As a community organization ourselves, we believe in the power of working together and the marathon has been an example of that.”
The Age of Sail Heritage Centre has several events planned for Labour Day weekend: a hot and cold buffet supper at the FPW Fire Hall on Saturday, August 31 from 4:30-6:00 pm; an open-air service at Collins Field followed by a pancake breakfast on Sunday morning, September 1 followed by an Antique Engine Show at the Age of Sail Heritage Centre that afternoon.