TRENTON – There was not complete finality to the Vince MacDonald Memorial 10-K run after 25 years.
Jimmy Hayman, who co-organized Sunday’s run, said informal runs in subsequent years will honour MacDonald’s memory.
The annual run was raced in memory of Vince MacDonald, a runner and all-round athlete who grew up in Trenton. He was an educator and a devoted sports fan until he passed away suddenly at the age of 43 with a heart ailment.
Sunday’s event was billed as a fun run that allowed those who attended to run or walk the course at Steeltown Park at their own speed before a reception and post-run meal at the park pavilion.
“There will be a run on this day,” Hayman said. “I did a lot of miles with Vince.”
Fergie MacKay, a noted distance runner, shared remarks on behalf of the town in his capacity as deputy mayor, before the new council was to be sworn in on Tuesday.
“Vince was an athlete for all seasons,” MacKay said, referring to MacDonald’s constant running while also playing other sports in season – such as hockey, golf, soccer, softball, tennis and rugby. “He was full of determination. He didn’t have the physique of a 2:10 marathoner, but he had the determination of a 2:10 marathoner . . . he was a good athlete, scholar, friend and he died too soon.”
The annual award for most sportsmanlike tough guy in MacDonald’s memory was presented to Fred MacDonald, who also received the award five years earlier.
Runners pass the starting line for the fun run in memory of Vince MacDonald on Sunday in Trenton. (Goodwin photo)