By Eric Bourque
The fourth annual Yarmouth Bean There Ran That Marathon was held Sunday.
The Aug. 24 event consisted of three races in one – a full marathon, half marathon and 10K.
Local runners – or at least runners with local roots – were the first to finish all three distances.
Aaron Doucette and Elise LeBlanc led the way in the full marathon (42.195 kilometres), Doucette topping the men with a time of 3:04:22, LeBlanc leading the women in 3:33:47.
Bryan Hipson was the first man to finish the half marathon (1:19:02) and Angie Saulnier led the women in the half (1:52:51).
Isaac Cull was the first male finisher in the 10K (38:17) and Charlene Honey was the first female finisher for the same distance (47:18).
All runners began at 8 a.m. at Sealed Landers Park on Main Street, below Hibernia Street, organizers having moved the start from Burridge Campus, where it had been for the first three years of the event. Burridge still served as the finish, however.
The weekend’s marathon-related events included a 5K that was held the day before race day.
The Yarmouth Marathon again served as a fundraiser for the local kidney dialysis unit.
About 150 people ran in the weekend’s events – including Saturday’s 5K – said race director Bobby Lou Reardon, who said she was pleased with how this year’s activities unfolded.
“I think it went really well,” she said. “It (Sunday) was a good day … a little hot, I think, for some people.”
Taking a few moments to comment on the race early Sunday afternoon – after everything had been packed away for another year – she said it was nice to see more out-of-town people take part in the Yarmouth event this time.
The 15 people who started the full marathon was basically twice as many as there were in 2013, although still five short of what they had in 2011, the Yarmouth Marathon’s first year.
The Nova Scotia Marathon – held recently in Barrington – gets more, but then Reardon notes that the Barrington event has been around for 40 years or so, while the Yarmouth one was just introduced in 2011.
“I guess you put it all in perspective,” she said.
Referring to the Yarmouth event, she said, “There are always little things we can improve on, but I think it was a good day.”