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Morgane Echardour & Herb Gayle Win At Thunder Bay MS Run And Roll Half Marathon

Thunder Bay’s annual Bay MS Run And Roll Half Marathon was held under ideal conditions on Sunday morning.

Before being treated to a strawberry covered pancake breakfast, skaters, runners, and cross-country roller-skiers needed to race the 21km’s along Lakeshore drive at 7am.

Race organizer, Hal Lightwood, worked very hard to ensure the race was bigger and better than the 2008 edition. The race drew just under 90-athletes from Canada and the USA.

The stars of the inline skating race were Morgane Echardour and Herb Gayle.

While skating with Herb Gayle and I, Morgane Echardour left us and took the lead after the u-turn with 10.5km’s to g. She ended up skating the rest of the race solo and was the first finisher of the day, registering a time of 38:57.8.

Herb Gayle finished as the day’s top male skater- 2nd overall in the race- by edging me out in a sprint, 20-seconds after Morgane Echardour crossed the line.

Overall Finishers
1- Morgane Echardour
2- Herb Gayle
3- Peter Doucet
4- John Schulte
5- William Field
6- Philip Luckai
7- Hal Lightwood
8- Ron Rost
9- Sarah Oftedahl
10-  Jody Kelly

Here’s an article on the race; Run and roll for MS marathon.

Echardour came in first for the inline skating category with 38 minutes and 58 seconds. Erchardour came down with Peter Doucet, who also participated in the race, to see Doucet’s family. Echardour said she goes into her bubble when she gets ready for a race.

The real race for Gayle was between him and Doucet. Gayle and Doucet knew they couldn’t catch (Echardour) so the competition between the two was to get second place. Gayle said he was lucky to catch Doucet in a sprint.

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