When 20-year-old Perry MacKinnon started running in local races back in primary school, he never expected it to lead him to an Ivy League school. This year, he has already broken records, won awards, and been recruited for Cornell University’s cross-country running team. “I started racing in Ayer’s Cliff. I ran in primary school and did a lot of local races like Galt’s half-marathon,” said MacKinnon. “I started doing cross-country at Alexander Galt High School and when I was in level 3 I started training with my coach, Jean-Pierre Lemelin, who I’m still with today. But it was in Secondary 5 that I started running more seriously.” In his last year of high school, MacKinnon decided to cut out his other extra-curricular activities in order to focus on cross-country running. Before that, he had been dividing his time between hockey, soccer and badminton. The highly active young athlete said that sports have always been a big part of the MacKinnon household. “My parents are pretty active. My whole family is, actually. We’re always out skiing in the winter, or golfing in the summer. That is, if we have time with the farm.” See full story in the Friday, May 11th edition of The Record.