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Sydney native Lalanne wins men’s marathon at Fiddlers Run

By Nikki Sullivan Cape Breton Post - September 10, 2017

SYDNEY, N.S. — The weather was perfect for the 12th annual Cape Breton Fiddlers Run, bringing together runners from across Canada, and parts of the United States and China.

Winning the men’s marathon and qualifying for the Boston Marathon with a time of two hours, 50 minutes and 32 seconds was Sydney native Justin Lalanne from the Cape Breton Road Runners Club.

That wasn’t the only success for runners at the event, which holds a full-marathon, half-marathon, 10 km and 5 km races.

Jordi Taylor, 23, from Lake Charlotte, N.S., is autistic. This was his third-marathon and he ran a personal best, placing 10th in the men’s category.

“Running marathons keeps me happy. They are a great achievement and they help me show people what people with autism can do,” he said during the five-hour drive home after the event.

This was Thomas Kyte’s first marathon and the Carp, Ont., native who is in his third-year at St. Francis Xavier University, trained for about 12 weeks in the hopes of making the cut for the Boston Marathon.

The 21-year-old, who is hearing impaired and wears implants when not running, was 27 seconds off and came in third overall.

“I’m pretty sore but for the first one I felt it was solid,” Kyte, who collapsed after crossing the finish line, said.

“A couple more years of training and I’ll get it. Why not do it? Why not finish what my original goal was?”

His parents came from Ontario to cheer him on and his mother, Lisa, said watching him collapse didn’t bother her as much as waiting for him to finish.

“When I was waiting for him to come in, I was almost bawling,” Lisa explained.

For Sharon Chiasson and Vanessa Courtemanche of Cheticamp, it wasn’t about beating times or beating people. It was about finishing the 10 km race together.

“Both of us went through a hard time with some bad issues a few years back so we started running together,” Chiasson explained.

As they hit the finish line, Chiasson and Courtemanche hugged each other, still running mid-embrace. Their joy was as evident as some other runners’ exhaustion.

Overall, 15 people qualified for the Boston Marathon, including three people in the ages 60-69 category. They are Freda Cormier of Dartmouth, Kurt Mueller of Nebraska, and John Melbourne of Enfield.

Cape Breton Fiddlers Run 2017

Top 10 Men, full marathon

1. Justin Lalanne, Sydney, N.S., 2:50.32

2. Matthew White, Dartmouth, N.S., 2:54.37

3. Thomas Kyte, Carp, Ont., 3:05.27

4. James Forsey, Sydney, N.S., 3:06.33

5. Carl Wrobleski, South Bar, N.S., 3:14.29

6. Stephen Doody, Halifax, N.S., 3:23.24

7. Jon Gurney, Saratoga Springs, N.Y., 3:30.07

8. Derek Devoe, Florence, N.S., 3:31.26

9. Michael Peters, South Tremont, N.S., 3:35.08

10. Jordi Taylor, Lake Charlotte, N.S., 3:45.17

Top 10 Women, full marathon

1. Heather O’Donnell, Middleton, N.S., 3:11.56

2. Kaili Van Vulpen, Wolfvile, N.S., 3:12.23

3. Jenn Coolen, Meadowvale, N.S., 3:30.34

4. Sharon Goodwin, Lunenburg, N.S., 3:36.56

5. Susannah Crabtree, Ottawa, Ont., 3:40.30

6. Joanne MacDonald-Burns, Yarmouth N.S., 3:49.26

7. Meaghan Kerman, Halifax N.S., 3:49.31

8. Nicole Lafosse, Sydney N.S., 3:54.02

9. Paula O’Quinn, Halifax, N.S., 3:57.25

10. Stella Chen, Wolfville, N.S., 3:59.45

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