Three generations of runners made the Tely 10 road race a family affair on July 22.
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Dave, Christine and Haylee Keats all ran in the Tely 10 road race on July 22. Dave and Haylee live in Port aux Basques while Christine lives in Buchans.
Dave Keats, 40 and his daughter Haylee, 16, both of Port aux Basques, ran with Dave’s mom Christine, 68, who lives in Buchans.
Dave’s wife Rhonda also took part.
It was Dave’s second time running the 10-mile race, but his daughter’s first.
“I was 57 seconds slower this year because of the weather,” he said. St. John’s was unusually sunny and hot on the day of the race.
Mr. Keats has been running recreationally for about five years. He has also taken part in the local Race to the Sea.
To get ready for the run, Mr. Keats had been running four or five days a week. He said his time during a race always improves because of the energy he gets form being in the crowd.
“When I’m running in the Tely 10 I run a lot faster then when I’m training. Your adrenaline is running and pushing you through.”
His final time was 1:17:31.
Mr. Keats’ Daughter Haylee only recently took up running. Already she is up to running about 5 kilometres per day.
Her goal going into the Tely 10 was to finish in under two hours which she did by a wide margin. Her time was 1:51:08.
“I was really nervous,” said Haylee of the run-up to the race. “But after I started it was really exciting seeing everyone along the side of the road and that made it a lot easier.”
She isn’t sure what race she is going to run next, but she is sure she will keep running.
Haylee’s grandmother Christine teaches aerobics in Buchans. She found the race a bit challenging.
“You’ve kind of got to push yourself to keep going, but I find it good,” she said.
She finished at 2:00:22, according to the race statistics.
Mr. Keats said running may be a solo sport, but there is a big social aspect to it as well. People chat before the race and he got to see many friends from past Race to the Sea events at the finish line of the Tely 10.
After the race was over, the Keats Family went back to a family member’s house for a small celebration. He said they opened a big bottle of champagne and celebrated their completion of the race.