On the Run
June 5, 2017
Another great weekend of endurance sport is lined up this weekend, it is like a buffet of physical activity is being served up for New Brunswickers. Let’s start with the runners. On Saturday, there are 3 great choices. In Grand Bay-Westfield it is the 13th Annual River Valley Rave Run 5-km. This is a very fast certified course with a great chance to PB. The event is part of the Run Trackie Super Series and is always a popular event. Get all the details at http://events.runnb.ca/event/13th-annual-river-valley-rave-run/14976/
On the same day in Fredericton check out the MAF Flyin’ Feet Five Miler. The fun all starts at with the kids run at 9:30 and the main event at 10 a.m. at the Smythe Street Cathedral. Odell Park is the setting so you know it will be a beautiful run, get all the details at https://raceroster.com/events/2017/9843/maf-flyin-feet-five-miler
Meanwhile in Beresford the 10-km Chaleur Banque Nationale is offering the 10-km main event along with a 5-km run and walk. The registration takes place at Sportek Curling Club in Beresford with transportation available to the start line at Lingerie RSB in Petit Rocher for an 11 a.m. start. There is a Youth Series event and a great after party with spaghetti and draw prizes. You can get all the details at http://events.runnb.ca/event/10-km-chaleur-banque-nationale-ckle/14978/
Tied upon Saturday, no problem, there is another great race on Sunday in Saint John. The Rompin’ Rockwood 10/25/50-km Trail Race. This is an amazing event in one of Canada’s largest urban parks. The trails have been developing more and more each year and the venue is becoming a hotbed for trail runners. You won’t want to miss this one. Learn all about it at http://www.hackmatacktrailracing.com/rompin-rockwood-10k25k50k.html
The triathletes, at least the women, have a major event this weekend in Hampton. The very popular Hampton Ladies Triathlon goes this Sunday and it is sure to be another big success. This event is one of the most inspiring events you will ever see, the supportive comradery among participants is second to none. Groups of friends, multi generation families, first time participants all make this a very special day. The swim is in a heated pool, very nice while the open water temperatures are still climbing, the ride goes through Hampton and returns for a beautiful trail run to finish. There is still time to register at https://raceroster.com/events/2017/11271/hampton-ladies-triathlon-2017
Last weekend in Moncton the Moncton Duathlon had some great performances and no surprise, Lee Roy of Bathurst led the way for the men in 55:49 in the individual sprint Duathlon. Second place went to Alex L’heureux of Hanwell in 58:13 and third to Stephen Handel of Dieppe in 1:00:33. For the women it was Fredericton’s Donna Trites picking up where she left off after last week’s Triathlon in Gagetown with another win in 1:09:55 followed by Erica Doucet of Dieppe (1:13:11) and Micheline Daigle of Moncton (1:13:33). Congratulations to all the participant and to the organizers of this great race.
In Quispamsis the June running of the Run for Renee had some great performances, we don’t have the hometowns but we do have the results. The men were led by Jeff Queen in 17:46 for his 4th all-time win followed by Jason Brown in 18:09 and Kevin Curnock in 18:30. The women were led by powerhouse Sacha Hourihan for her 9th all-time win in 17:49, her fastest yet. Second place went to Erin Vringer in her fastest time yet of 19:07 and third to Marcie Holland in yet another fastest Run for Renee time of 20:23. It was a very fast month for the Run for Renee.
This week our Person on the Run is Donna Trites of Fredericton. This triathlete is consistently at the front of the pack and has a long history of success. This season she has started off with two wins, one at the Gagetown Triathlon and then this week at the Moncton Duathlon. That would be enough reason to make her our Person on the Run but it goes deeper than that, she is a role model for her kids, who are very active, and a big supporter of all those athletes out giving it a go at various events around the Province. In the race, she is as tough a competitor as you can ask for but the rest of the time she is a positive upbeat supporter of every athlete in the event. The impact of her energy and positive approach can be seen in her daughters and this past week Hannah and Emily helped FHS claim the provincial banner with Hannah placing 1st in the 1500M, Emily 3rd and both contributing to the 4 by 400M relay. Nicole is already winning triathlons as a Kids of Steel participant. What an easy choice for our Person on the Run, thank you Donna for reminding us how much a great athlete can impact their family and their community.
Weekly Running Columnist