PEI

Mothers set example with marathon

For two mothers, best friends from Nova Scotia, Sunday's P.E.I. Marathon was an opportunity to set an example.
Laurie Ann Brown and Bridget Roy of Liverpool training for the P.E.I. race in part to set an example for their children. (Ryan Hicks/CBC)

For two mothers, best friends from Nova Scotia, Sunday's P.E.I. Marathon was an opportunity to set an example.

Bridget Roy and Laurie Ann Brown of Liverpool spent a year training for the event, both losing more than 60 lbs.

"It really does mean a lot," said Roy.

"We both have young children and we're role models for our children now, to have a healthy lifestyle."

Roy and Brown, who ran the half marathon, were amongst more than 2,500 people who took part in marathon events Sunday.

Phys Ed teacher Stan Chaisson sees the event as part of the growing popularity of running growing on the Island.

Just last week I was at Eliot River School with my St Jean Consolidated cross-country runners. Oh my goodness, there must have been about 800 runners there between grade three and six, just in our zone," he said.

Mike MacKinnon of Miscouche, P.E.I. had the best time in the marathon. He did it in 2 hours and 45 minutes, more than a minute ahead of the second place finisher.

Runners who finished the P.E.I. marathon can use it to qualify for the Boston marathon.