Briggs well-suited to promote provincial marathon; St. Croix's return; and the nine-year-old who ran 10
There’s the usual assortment of team uniforms and loud Hawaiian shirts, but Sunday’s Tely 10 offered what surely must have been a first for attire in the 83-year-old road race:
A guy running the 10 miles in a puffin suit, complete with puffin head.
To help promote the Sept. 26 provincial marathon — the Huffin Puffin Marathon — Rob Briggs of Nautilus Running Club donned a puffin outfit with a T-shirt advertising huffinpuffinmarathon.com.
“I’m sweatin’ like a ... well, you can’t publish what I’m sweatin’ like,” said Briggs, who actually ran the majority of the race.
To at least try and make it somewhat bearable for Briggs, the puffin’s head was outfitted with a tube rigged up to water bottles.
Briggs said the marathon will be open to teams of four, allowing each runner to complete 10 kilometres.
In an ultimate show of gamesmanship, Gerard Fleet of St. John’s started to hit the wall about 100 feet from the finish line. When he collapsed to the pavement, a group of runners tried to help him to the finish line before a pair of St. John Ambulance attendants jumped into to assist the runner across the line.
Yes, that was Harold St. Croix. The Newfoundland Sports Hall of Famer, a six-time Tely 10 winner, returned to Newfoundland from Fort McMurray, Alta., to run the race.
St. Croix, entered in the 50-54 age group and a little heftier than he was in his heyday, finished in 2:12.06.
Until Colin Fewer clocked 48:48, only St. Croix (49:50 in 1991) and Paul McCloy ran the 10 miles under 50 minutes.
It’s not official, but nine-year-old Emily Gannon of Toronto was probably the youngest to run Sunday’s race.
Young Emily finished 1,263rd with a time of 1:31.31.
She is spending the summer in St. John’s with her grandparents.
“I’m sweatin’ like a ... well, you can’t publish what I’m sweatin’ like,” said Rob Briggs.
The Dr. John Williams award, which goes to the Tely 10 participant who has inspired others through enthusiastic and spirited participation, was given to long-time Nautilus Running Club member Bill Aylward.
Art Meaney was presented with a certificate commemorating his 30 years running the Tely 10. Greg Redmond and Danny Dodd have each run the race 25 years and were also presented with certificates.
Three soldiers, running for a good cause, completed the race in 2:33.28.
Not exactly an eye-catching time, until you find out they did the 10 miles in fatigues, boots and each carrying 55-pound rucksacks.
Royal Newfoundland Regiment Sgts. John Sloan and John Carew and Officer Cadet Harry Little were running to raise awareness for the Forces’ Solider On Program. The program helps ill and injured Canadian Forces members and their families live active lives by subsidizing their expenses.
All three have served in Afghanistan.
Sloan, Carew and Little crossed the finish line holding aloft a Canadian flag.
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