On the Run
June 12, 2017
It is finally starting to feel like summer and the race scene is heating up. Let’s get the ball rolling with the running events for this weekend. There are certainly a lot of options around the Province this weekend. On Saturday in Saint John you can run with the planes at the Saint John Airport 10-km and 5-km aka the Undie Run, show you care for cancer down there. In addition to a great run, a fantastic cause and a unique experience, you will have a chance to two a pair of tickets to anywhere Air Canada flies in North America, including Hawaii, Mexico and the Caribbean. To learn more go to https://raceroster.com/events/2017/11790/saint-john-airport-5k-10k-kids-fun-run
On the same day in St-Isidore the Course 10-km Rheal Hache is also serving up a 5-km and 10-km opportunity. Prize money is available for the top 3 overall male and female runners and medals for the top 3 in each age group. Check it out at https://raceroster.com/events/2017/10986/10km-rheal-hache
On Sunday, the St. Andrews Father’s Day Race celebrates its 39th year and is even bigger and better than ever before. This year, the first 100 online entries will receive a St Andrews commemorative coin before they even start the 5-mile course through St Andrews. There are also some great runs for the kids with a 200-m and 1-km option. It is not too late to register at https://raceroster.com/events/2017/11708/39th-annual-st-andrews-fathers-day-race-2017
The triathletes are also busy this weekend starting with the Kids of Steel on Saturday at Killarney Lake in Fredericton. Kids from 4-14 are invited to come and enjoy a great event with swimming, biking and running. You can register the kids on-line at https://raceroster.com/events/2017/12977/ymca-fredericton-kids-of-steel-triathlon
The big kids will be busy the next day with the adult version of triathlon at the Duncan Hadley Triathlon/Duathlon. This event has a tradition that goes back over 25 years and consistently draws over 200 participants each year. The race features both Sprint and Olympic distance triathlons as well as a sprint duathlon, a relay, an Olympic Aquabike, a Try a Tri and even a Junior Sprint Triathlon. Find all the details at https://raceroster.com/events/2017/11702/fredericton-duncan-hadley-triathlonduathlon-2017
Last weekend was jam packed with exciting events. In Fredericton the MAF Flyin’ Feet Five Miler had a fast winner in Fredericton’s Nicholas Larade who ran a 30:07 to lead the men ahead of Mike Davis of Fredericton (32:21) and Gary Simmonds of Morell PE (36:03). For the women, hometown runner Patricia Kelly took the top of the podium in 38:59 and was flanked by Gabby Kozak of Hanwell (41:42) and Cheryl Rees of Waasis (42:07).
On the same day in Beresford at the 10-km Chaleur Banque National Jean-Marc Doiron of Moncton managed a very fast 33:48 to take first place ahead of Greg Sawyer of Edmunston in 34:02 and Sylvain Arseneau of Petit-Rocher in 36:07. The women were led by Anouk Pelltier of Moncton in 40:52 followed by Kamylie Frenette of Dieppe in 42:10 and Sylvie Leblanc of Bathurst a mere second behind in 42:11. The 5-km event for women went to Marie-Eve Ballard of Beresford in 21:01 and to another Beresford runner Alexi Cedric Roy for the men in 17:23.
The River Valley Rave Run was crazy fast as Hampton’s Barry Britt was on fire with a 15:19 finish ahead of Grant Handrigan of Moncton in 15:58 and James MacLellan of Oromocto in 16:33. Brenda Guitard of Saint John was the top woman in 21:13 followed by fellow Saint Johner Suzanne Doucet in 21:44 and Claire Oliver for Grand Bay in 22:15.
At the Hampton Ladies Triathlon Josee Melanson of Shediac Cape took top spot in a time of 1:12:20 followed by Natalie Cormier of Memramcook in 1:16:55 just ahead of a fast charging Catherine Savary of Bathurst in 1:16:58. The duathlon went to Kristy Walker of Rothesay in 1:08:44 for top spot while second place went to Kerrie Luck of Quispamsis in 1:12:35 and Mandy Taylor of Breadalbane grabbed third in 1:13:43. Rebecca Nichol of Saint John was the top in the Junior event in 53:21. Team Wrong Direction (Sophia Noel, Sue Watson and Brittannie Watson) was the top team.
This week our Person on the Run is a rare one. We have very seldom awarded the Person on the Run posthumously but this week and this year it seems particularly appropriate. Earlier this spring we celebrated Katherine Switzer’s accomplishment as the first woman to run Boston. This week we lost our own female pioneer runner, Gertrude Mooney. Gertrude was a marathon runner before it was cool, before it was even allowed in many races. She went on to run Boston, New York and many more marathons and half marathons as well as long distance hikes. As a teacher, she was a great role model and for several years has been present at Marathon by the Sea to see the Gertrude Mooney Award given to the youngest woman to finish the marathon, Gertrude’s way of building the sport of marathon running for woman. Gertrude was a low-key runner and many women enjoying marathoning and triathloning today may not know what they owe to Gertrude’s quiet determination but they stand on the shoulders of a giant. Thank you Gertrude, rest in peace knowing “You have fought the good fight, you have finished the race, you have kept the faith.” and the running community is richer because of you.
Weekly Running Columnist