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Friendship Race raises over $1,000 for PCH

SUMMERSIDE - The annual Friendship Race took place in Summerside on Saturday.

Mike MacKinnon runs through a wooded area during Saturday’s Friendship race in Summerside.

 

The 10 kilometer trek through the East side of the city raised more than $1,000 for the Prince County Hospital Foundation.

Mike MacKinnon was this year’s winner, with a time of 34 minutes and 55 seconds, just 43 seconds short of the track’s all-time record.

“I was very pleased with my run today based on my training,” said MacKinnon.

The high school teacher has been in competition for years, and has won the Friendship Race on several other occasions.

“I always get excited to participate in this race,” he said. “It’s such a great cause to help out with.”

MacKinnon said it’s back to the drawing board as he prepares for what’s next.

“I’ve kind of pulled away from the running a bit. I’m triathlon training so that puts my attention on other sports too.”

With a high of 22 degrees and hardly a cloud in the sky, the weather had racers smiling.

“It was a beautiful day for a run. The wind was strong but we all have to deal with that,” he said.

Coming in first for the ladies and seventeenth overall, Jacinthe Jackson was satisfied with her run but said she has performed better.

“Overall I’m pretty happy with the way things turned out,” said Jackson. “It’s not my personal best but it was a good run.”

Jackson’s time was 45:27, about seven minutes short of the all-time female leader.

Beginning competitive running just two years ago, Jackson participates for fun and to stay fit.

“I do these things for fun and good health, but mostly to keep sane with two little kids,” laughed Jackson.

In total 72 people took place in this year’s event.

Organizations: Prince County Hospital Foundation

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