On the Run
July 3, 2017
Schools out and races are in as we move into the dog days of summer. The triathletes have a big weekend coming up with the introduction of Rev3 St Andrews. This may be a new brand but the event is not brand-new. It is put on by the same great people but now with a new affiliation that brings some exciting new philosophies and products to New Brunswick. Everything is centered around the iconic Algonquin Hotel in St Andrews and all the fun starts Friday night with the Rev3 Glowrun 5-km and 1-mile Fun Run. On Saturday, there is a Free Swim Clinic and Warm-up Swim, and all-day Expo as well as a Kids Splash and Dash. The main events are Sunday with a Half Distance Triathlon, Aquabike and Relay as well as a Sprint Triathlon. With excellent organization, a beautiful course and lots of choice, this is the perfect place for triathletes this weekend, get all the details at http://rev3tri.com/standrews/
The runners have lots of choice this weekend including a super series race. On Saturday, the Course George Gallant 10-km Race in Shediac will once again bring together some of the very fastest 10-km runners in a Super Series event. In addition to the main event there is a 5-km, a 1-km (15 and under) and a 100M (6 and under). This is always a great event and you can learn more at http://events.runnb.ca/event/course-george-gallant-10-km-race/14987/ On the same day in Centreville it is the Centreville Summerfest 150 5-km run/walk. This summer classic has chosen to highlight Canada 150 this year and it is sure to be a great time. Don’t wait too long, register today at http://events.runnb.ca/event/centreville-summerfest-150-5k-run-walk/14988/
Also on Saturday in St-Quentin it is the Course a pied with a 10-km main event and a 5-km and 1-km option for those looking for something shorter and faster. This is a true community event and sure to be a good time, get all the details at http://events.runnb.ca/event/course-pied/17629/
Last weekend Grand Bay-Westfield once again hosted the Canada Day 10-Miler and it was a very fast affair. Let’s start with the 5-km and the very fast Dean Strowbridge of Willow Grove continuing his come back with a first place finish in 17:31 followed by Ottawa’s Lukas Tymouski in 23:58 and hometown boy Chris Mason in 24:30. For the women a pair of young speedsters led the way as Claire Oliver of Grand Bay-Westfield led the way in 22:04 ahead of Jillian Beck of Public Landing (22:53) and Maryro Mendez of Rothesay (23:34). The 10-miler was also very fast with Sacha Hourihan of Southfield continuing to mow down races with an 8 minutes lead over the field in 1:02:24. Next were a pair of Saint John runners, Kristine Beaulieu (1:10:20) and Marcie Holland. The men were equally impressive as Greg Sawyer of Edmundston was first in 56:55 followed by Daniel Leblanc of Dieppe (59:47) and Sylvain Arseneau of Petit-Rocher in 1:02:13.
Also on Canada Day in Collette Le 5-km du 150ieme went to Arthson Mureya of Moncton in 19:17 for the men and Anouk Pelletier of Moncton for the women in 19:39.
Open water swim season is also off to a good start with the Rez 750M swim on Monday in Saint John. In the men’s division it was Zach Boulanger of Saint John leading the way in 11:16 followed by Shane Dickie of Quispamsis in 11:36 and JC Besner of Saint John in 11:40. The women’s event went to Shand Gormley of Saint John in 12:02 ahead of Beth Seamans of Quispamsis (12:58) and Haley Adams Green of Quispamsis (13:29).
This week our Person on the Run goes to Sacha Hourihan of Southfield. This amazing runner is winning every race she enters and this week in Grand Bay-Westfield had an amazing 8-minute lead over the rest of the field of women and was only 11 seconds from overall third place. Nothing intimidates this powerful runner yet she has a very unassuming demeanor and friendly disposition that belays her incredible ability. Congratulations Sacha, keep up the great work.
Weekly Running Columnist