HARBOUR GRACE, NL —The annual Blueberry Run in Harbour Grace saw plenty of skilled athletes run its course earlier this month, however, none ran quite like young Ben Moriarity.
Moriarity, 11, is a grade six student at Carbonear Academy. With years of running under his belt, the young athlete put his cross-country skills to the test.
This year’s was held on Sunday morning, Oct. 1, featured three running categories – the traditional 10-km run, alongside the newly introduced five-kilometre, and a three-kilometre event, which allowed participants to choose between running and walking. Most students coming from Carbonear Academy took part in the latter, though Moriarity and a couple of his friends decided to step it up a notch and take on the five-kilometre run.
Taking pride in his skills as a runner, Moriarity and his friends were looking forward to running a strong race.
However, in the heat of the moment, Moriarity had completely missed the 5-kilometre turn without even realizing it.
Moriarity explained that it wasn’t until he saw the seven-kilometre marker that he realized he had gone too far.
“By that time, we knew something had happened, because he hadn’t come in,” said Ben’s mother, Amanda Moriarity, who also teaches at Carbonear Academy. “But he didn’t want to stop, he wanted to keep going with it, even though he knew he had already gone too far.”
Ben is involved is several sports, including hockey and softball, alongside cross-country, and has been running in races such as this for a few years now. In the past, he’s competed in several Pippy Park Runs, as well as the Blueberry Run and Harvest Run in past years.
At the end of the day, Ben came out of this year’s Blueberry Run with a final time of 52 minutes – 19th place in the 10-kilometre run.
“He was clearly very proud when he came out of it,” said Amanda. “Everyone was cheering him on, and he did pretty good with it, considering he hadn’t even registered for the 10-k in the first place.”
Ben was the only boy of his age range to take part in the 10-kilometre race. When asked how it felt to finish the morning with double his original goal, Ben, a boy of few words, told The Compass “it felt good,” sporting a proud smile as he waited for the chance to go run more laps in the school’s gym before hockey practice.