Elita Rahn was the top female in the 38th annual Harvest Festival Road Race on Saturday morning. Her time in the 25-kilometre event was one hour 48 minutes 40 seconds (1:48:40).
KENSINGTON - Elita Rahn had a successful weekend running the roads of Canada's smallest province.
"I looked on the race calendar for Run P.E.I., saw there were a lot of races over here this weekend and thought it would be a nice little weekend adventure to P.E.I. at the same time," said Rahn.
After finishing second in the female category of Friday morning's Gold Cup Trot five-kilometre run in Charlottetown in 19 minutes one second (19:01), Rahn had a successful debut in the 38th annual Harvest Festival Road Race on Saturday morning.
The 35-year-old from Carters Point, N.B., just outside of Saint John, was the top female runner in the 25-kilometre event. She finished ninth overall in a record field of 79 runners, just ahead of 10th-place finisher Kristy Newson.
"The girl (Newson) who was second was not behind by much," said Rahn, who was also considering running the 5K portion of the Alberton Fun Run on Sunday. "The last mile, I looked back and could see her."
Just how close were they?
Rahn's time was one hour 48 minutes 40 seconds (1:48:40) while Newson finished in 1:49:32.
Took over lead
Rahn took over the lead about "eight or nine miles" into the race, and felt one key to her victory was taking it easy through the early steep hills in Stanchel and Kinkora. The race continued through Freetown and Kelvin Grove, finishing in front of Community Gardens in Kensington.
"I looked on the race calendar for Run P.E.I., saw there were a lot of races over here this weekend and thought it would be a nice little weekend adventure to P.E.I. at the same time." - Elita Rahn
"Normally I would go out like a scared rabbit because I'm competitive," said Rahn. "I have not run this distance, so I thought I would run real easy.
"Once I got through all the hard hills I thought, 'That's not so bad, I don't feel so bad now.'
"And I just kept going."
Rahn also heard about the challenging Harvest Festival race from former course record-holder Alex Coffin, who resides in Saint John.
"He told me about this Kensington 'run from hell' or whatever for all the hills," said Rahn.
So, what were Rahn's thoughts on the course?
"It's a great course," she answered. "There are some nice challenging hills off the start, and if you are not smart about it you could be in a lot of pain halfway through.
"The first half is really challenging, a lot of good up-hills and down-hills."