TRENTON — Dave MacLennan’s recent sub-2:40 marathon time has earned him special honours.
Organizers of the 2018 Big Dog run felt there was no better opportunity to honour MacLennan’s marathon win in his age group at the Toronto International Marathon that coincides with Canadian and World Masters marathons than by presenting him with the Big Dog Award in memory of Glen Chenell on Sunday during the second annual 5-K and 10-K fun run and walk at Steeltown Park in Trenton.
“It’s an honour for sure,” said MacLennan, who officiated but did not run on Sunday due to his participation on Saturday in the Athletics Nova Scotia cross-country championships.
“It’s something I totally appreciate,” MacLennan said, referring to how Chenell has been held in high esteem by the running community before and after his passing. “We all know why we’re here.”
Bill MacEachern, who was the inaugural Big Dog award winner last year, completed the 10-K distance on Sunday.
The Big Dog Award is presented to “an individual who demonstrates passion, dedication and resilience.”
Ethan MacDonald repeated his 2017 win in the male 5-K division on Sunday. He said the gale-force, bone-chilling wind was something he accepted as a incentive to run faster.
Kristen Ross was first among females in the 5-K distance.
Donald Holder was first among male runners in the 10-K distance after MacLennan won last year.
Siblings Allie and Breanna Sandluck repeated as 10-K female winners.
Refreshments accompanied awards presentations that followed the running and walking.
Leftover chili from what was served was donated to Viola’s Place after the event ended.
“We had some leftover chili, bottled water and race toques so we have decided to donate it all to Viola’s place,” organizer Kevin Tulloch said. “The chili will help warm folks up tonight (Sunday) but the toques will help all winter.”
Bill MacEachern bolts to the lead during the start of the Big Dog 10-K fun run. MacEachern was the 2017 recipient of the Big Dog award. (Goodwin photo)