Monday, May 28, 2012

Cabot Trail Relay Race 2012


Leg #3 Start

Leg #3 Finish

More than just a race.....

Sunshine and some of my sunny teammates

Some of the competition

Sunset on North Mountain

Daybreak mist on the Margaree River
It was cloud and 17 degrees. The Cabot Trail Relay in Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. 

The 3rd Leg on Little River, Skir Dhu to Wreck Cove General Store. I finished in 58:03 and came in 8th out of 70 runners. In first few minutes I stop to retie the shoe lace.

Team PEI came in tied 38th out of 70 teams with two penalties and two DNF's. 

Congratulations Captain Kim 
for completing all 17 Legs of The Cabot Trail Relay Race!

Michael was in the thick of things with his video camera rolling....

here's his "sights and sounds from the 2012 Cabot Trail Relay race"

Mike Richard's Atlantic Chip Timing Photos

Maine-iacs win second consecutive Cabot Trail Relay

Maine-iacs-cabot relay - Adam Goode of the Maine-iacs relay team hit the finish line first at the Cabot Trail Relay race, Sunday. Goode recorded a course record for the No. 17 leg, and his team also won the overall title for the second year in a row. Chris Shannon - Cape Breton Post

Published on May 27, 2012
Chris Shannon

BADDECK — Twenty-eight-year-old Adam Goode tore to the finish line at the Cabot Trail Relay on Sunday to secure the Maine-iacs a second consecutive victory in the gruelling 298-kilometre, 17-stage relay race.

He strode in for a time of one hour, six minutes and 51 seconds in the final leg. His team, the Maine-iacs, won the overall title in a time of 16 hours, 39 minutes and 32 seconds.

“It was the first time I’ve ever run (the final leg), but I do like attention,” Goode said with a laugh with the cheering crowd behind him.

“(The final leg of the course) usually goes down swamp road, but the bridge was out, so we went the other way. It was cool, yeah, it was awesome.”

The 25th edition of the Cabot Trail Relay began Saturday morning at the Gaelic College in St. Anns, and wound its way through the Cape Breton Highlands until it reached Baddeck mid-morning on Sunday.

Five teams from Maine competed in this year’s race, along with five from New Brunswick, one from Newfoundland, 11 from Ontario, three from Prince Edward Island, three from Quebec, one from Alberta and the remaining 41 hailing from Nova Scotia.

Goode, who has raced in the relay seven times, had a reminder to some of the new racers from Maine to be on their best behaviour.

“Everybody here is so friendly. Maine’s a friendly place but anybody who’s new I kinda tell them, like, when you come up here you better be nice to everybody because if you’re not looking directly at their eyes, and being really nice, they’re gonna think you’re weird.”

Marie Elliot, 38, of Burlington, Ont., representing her team of Bruce Trail Mix was the first woman to cross the finish line.

In her fifth Cabot Trail Relay, she said running the final leg is by far the toughest because the team’s support vehicles aren’t allowed to follow the runners on the gravel roads.

“Seventeen is claimed to be the glory leg but it’s only the glory leg for the last 800 metres. Otherwise it’s really tough. You’re all by yourself,” Elliot said.

“But the weather today makes it all the easier.”

Prior to the runners hitting the finish line, a group of four children waited, seated at the curb, with a sign that read, “Go Dad Go.”

Makayla, Casey, Percy, and Grace were patient waiting for their father, Danny King, to close out the race for his team, the Cumberland Crusaders.

The siblings, from Oxford, were proud of the sign they made for their dad.

“Mom helped us out with most of the writing,” Makayla King said.

Alicia King said this was her husband’s first Cabot Trail Relay race. She was able to communicate with him briefly through cellphone text messages.

“Just slightly through texts to say that he completed and he was resting, getting ready to do the next one.”

King finished the final leg of the race in a time of 1:28:36.
This year’s race included 70 registered teams with more than 1,000 participants. The first event in 1988 featured only six teams.

Each team can have as many as 17 runners, with each assigned to one of the legs of the event.
Some teams have runners run multiple legs instead. Legs vary from 12 to 20 kilometres in length.
Leg No. 9 is regarded by many as the most difficult because it requires runners to climb North Mountain.

 Runner dies during annual Cabot Trail Relay Race
Stephen Dunn is seen at the Cabot Trail Relay Race early Sunday.

CTV Atlantic
Date: Monday May. 28, 2012 5:52 PM ET
Nova Scotia's running community is grieving the death of a runner at the annual Cabot Trail Relay Race on the weekend.

Stephen Dunn, 58, of Halifax collapsed on Highway 105 near Baddeck, just 500 metres from the finish line, during Sunday's race.

Baddeck RCMP received the 911 call around 10:30 a.m.

Dunn was rushed to the Victoria County Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

He was an experienced runner who had taken part in the relay for nearly two decades. He also ran with the Salt Marsh Trail Running Club, based in Cole Harbour, N.S.

His family released this statement today:

"Steve was a wonderful and dedicated husband, son, brother, father and friend. His love for life and positive energy was contagious to all who knew him."

Police say they don't suspect foul play in his death, although a cause of death has not been released.

A total of 70 teams and nearly 1,200 people took part in the 25th annual relay, which covers 276 kilometres around the Cabot Trail and lasts for two days.

Funeral arrangements are not yet complete.

Runner dies after Cabot Trail Relay

Cape Breton Post - ‎18 hours ago‎
BADDECK — A 58-year-old Halifax man collapsed during the 17th and final leg of the Cabot Trail Relay and later died at hospital Sunday. Sgt. Birgdit Leger of the RCMP said the Baddeck detachment received a 911 call at 10:30 am after the runner ...

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