Wiky Road Runners Race scores perfect weather

Sierra Pangowish top youth female, Sarah Meilraith top female runner holding the Wikwemikong Board of Education trophy, Sebastien Diebel top overall runner and winner of the Expositor trophy and James Scott top high school competitor pose with their winnings during the awards ceremony following the Wiky Road Runners 10K Race. photos by Michael Erskine

Double lung transplant recipient finishes event less than year after her operation

WIKWEMIKONG—Wiky Road Runners 10k Road Race organizer Henry Hoy couldn’t keep the emotion out of his voice as he recognized the inspirational effort of walker Mary Agnes Manitowabi, who completed the walk less than a year after receiving a double lung transplant.

“I get emotional about special people,” he said. “I am especially proud of Mary Agnes, a double lung transplant recipient who completed this year’s race. She is an inspiration to all of us.”

Inspirational double lung transplant recipient Mary Agnes Manitowabi crosses the finish line as a walker less than a year after her operation.
Inspirational double lung transplant recipient Mary Agnes Manitowabi crosses the finish line as a walker less than a year after her operation.

Mr. Hoy noted the health benefits of physical activity and the role that the Wikwemikong Health Centre plays in hosting the annual race each year.

The Manitoulin Expositor Wiky Road Runners 10k Road Race trophy for the top overall runner went to Sebastien Diebel this year, who completed the run in 37:23 minutes, second place went to Neil Phipps with a time of 37:35 and third across the finish line was James Scott with a time of 37:50.

Top male runner Sebastien Diebel crosses the finish line.
Top male runner Sebastien Diebel crosses the finish line.

The Wikwemikong Board of Education trophy for the top female runner went to Sara Meilraith who crossed the finish line at 39:30. Second place went to Michelle Kennedy with a time of 41:09 and third place went to Mary Strain with a time of 41:54.

Mr. Hoy explained that The Expositor trophy was sponsored an amazing 44 years ago for the inaugural race, followed by the Wikwemikong Board of Education trophy for the top female runner 10 years later.

Top female runner Sarah Meilraith crosses the finish line.
Top female runner Sarah Meilraith crosses the finish line.

Top high school runner (youth) went to James Scott with a time of 38:17 and top female youth went to Sierra Pangowish with a time of 52:13.

Runners (and walkers) from across the Island and far beyond come to Manitoulin each year for the Wiky Road Race, a healthy tradition that is sponsored by the Wikwemikong Health Centre each year.

Top high school competitor James Scott crosses the finish line.
Top high school competitor James Scott crosses the finish line.
Can you say “supermom?” Guess this finish goes in the books as a tie.
Can you say “supermom?” Guess this finish goes in the books as a tie.

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