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Yarmouth Marathon held for 9th time, various distances again offered

Bryan Hipson leads the way in the early going of the Yarmouth Marathon, which was held Sunday. Hipson would go on to win the 10K portion of the May 5 event.
Bryan Hipson leads the way in the early going of the Yarmouth Marathon, which was held Sunday. Hipson would go on to win the 10K portion of the May 5 event. - Eric Bourque

The Yarmouth Marathon is history for another year, the event’s ninth edition having been held this past Sunday.

About 100 people took part in the race, which once again included a 5K, 10K, half and full marathon, along with a marathon relay.

By the numbers, the most popular distance was the 5K, which had 30 participants.

There were 21 finishers in the 10K and 22 in the half, while nine people did the full marathon.

Three teams – 17 runners all told – took part in the relay.

Organizers added a “virtual” run this year, a chance for people to be a part of the event even if they couldn’t be there in person.

The following is a look at the top finishers for each distance. (For a complete list of finishers, visit the Bean There Ran That Yarmouth Marathon’s Facebook page by clicking herehttps://www.facebook.com/groups/beanthereranthat/):

5K

Male: Evan Saulnier 20:26; female: Sarah Lyons, 30:31 (seventh overall).

10K

Male: Bryan Hipson 36:33; female: Heather Baillie 45:59 (second overall).

Half marathon

Male: Aaron Doucette 1:30:43; female: Jane Cunningham, 1:51:28 (eighth overall).

Marathon

Male: Jim Lays, 3:33:05; female: Angie Saulnier, 3:55:58 (fifth overall).

Marathon relay

Darcy Robbins and John Bower, 3:19:16.

Earlier than usual

This year’s Yarmouth Marathon race date of May 5 was the earliest in the event’s nine-year history.

For the first six years after its inception in 2011, the race was held in late August. In 2017 and 2018 it took place the second weekend in June.

Organizers moved it up to early May – at least for this year – so that it wouldn’t conflict with the Blue Nose Marathon in Halifax, which will be held the weekend of June 9, three weeks later than its normal slot on the Victoria Day weekend. June 9 was to have been the date of this year’s Yarmouth race.

Blue Nose organizers pushed their event to June because they didn’t want to hold their race during the Memorial Cup junior hockey tournament, which Halifax is hosting this year from May 17 to May 26.

Whether the Yarmouth and Halifax marathons will return to their usual places on the calendar next year has yet to be determined.

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