Pictou Advocate sports

Joe Earle Memorial race day May 20


TRENTON — It will be Zentner Family Day for the 55th running of the Joe Earle Memorial Road Races on May 20 in Trenton.

Each year a group or individual is honoured with a day for community contributions in sports and other pursuits as a volunteer or participant for the races on Victoria Day.

The Zentners will be honoured at an awards dinner that follows the races at the Trenton Community Arena.

The first race starts at 9:30 a.m. with the Baxter MacArthur men’s open mile race, followed at 9:40 a.m. by the Hartling Family Memorial one-mile race for girls 10 to 15 years old, the Gloria Clark Memorial one-miler for women 16 and over at 9:50 a.m. and the Carl MacDougall Memorial one-mile race for boys aged 10 to 15 at 10 a.m.

Other races include the Jessie Smith Memorial one-eighth mile run for boys and girls up to two years old at 10:10 a.m., the Boyles Memorial one-eighth mile at 10:15 a.m. for boys aged three and four, the Elda Earle Memorial one-eighth mile for girls aged three and four at 10:20 a.m., the Donald Gabby MacDonald Memorial quarter-mile for boys aged five and six at 10:25 a.m. and the Mackie Jenkins Memorial quarter-mile for girls aged five and six at 10:30 a.m.

A series of half-mile races will follow. The Doug McInnis Memorial half-mile at 10:35 a.m. will be for girls 13 and 14 years old, while the Jim MacArthur Memorial at 10:40 a.m. will be a half-mile race for boys aged 13 and 14.

Ten other half-mile races are scheduled and include the Bobby Gill Memorial at 10:45 a.m. for boys seven years old. It will be followed at 10:50 a.m. by the Cromwell Memorial for seven year old girls.

Next will be the Paul MacDonald Memorial for eight year old boys at 10:55 a.m., the William Tanner Memorial for eight year old girls at 11:05 a.m., the MacNeil Family Memorial for nine year old girls at 11:10 a.m., the Johnny Cooke Memorial for nine year old boys at 11:15 a.m., the Burton Luddington Memorial for 10 year old girls at 11:20 a.m. and the Charlie Stevens Memorial for 10 year old boys at 11:25 a.m.

The other half-mile races include the Andre Roussy Memorial for girls 11 and 12 at 11:45 a.m. and the Jock Wilson Memorial for boys 11 and 12 at 11:55 a.m.

The five-mile distance is used for races in six categories starts and ends with laps at Scotia Park, and along a course on Park Street and back.

They include the Joan Carrigan Memorial for women 14 to 35, the Raymond Pentz Memorial for women 36 and over, the Nonnie Morgan for men 14 to 35, the Doucette Family Memorial for men 36 to 49, the Dennis Lawless Memorial for men 50 and over and the Douglas V. MacDonald Memorial for the Canadian Armed Forces award.

There is also the Courtney Malcolm Award presented to the school in Pictou County that achieves the most points from its students based on top-three finishes in each race.

Deadline for entries is May 17, and V.J. Earle can be contacted by phone at 902-755-4426, by email at joeearleroadrace@hotmail.com or at www.facebook.com/joeearleroadrace for more information.

Entries can also be mailed at P.O. Box 684, Trenton, N.S., B0K-1X0.