It looks like we have our winners for soggiest races of the season. Saturday was not exactly a postcard day for a leisurely jog.
The Jack O'Lantern race at Niagara Falls did set a record for participants, as more than 300 runners took two trips around Goat Island. Organizers put the names of last year's runners on the back of this year's shirt, which was a nice touch. The course was pretty wet, as you could imagine, and a little narrow, which is an issue at the start. But, what's the sense of owning rain gear for running if you can't use it once in a while? The Chestnut Ridge Challenge and the Lighthouse Baptist 5K also took place on Saturday.
Then on Sunday, the Niagara Falls International Marathon was staged under better conditions. Elizabeth Primrose of Brockville was the big story of the day, as she won the women's race even though she had gone 25 years between marathons. She is 47. Primrose ran the race in 2 hours, 55 minutes, 26 seconds. Matt Loiselle of Toronto was the men's winner in 2:27:33 in his first-ever marathon.
The Niagara Falls event usually doesn't get that many Americans. Jim Park of Buffalo finished 14th in 2:56:55. Jennifer Sylvester of Kenmore was eighth among women at 3:20:16.