The great weather has almost lulled us into a sense that it is still summer, but make no mistake fall will be bringing some great running temperatures very soon. This weekend the 35th Annual Fall Classic will attract runners to the beauty of a Fredericton Fall. Always well known for the 10-km distance, the last few years have seen the addition of other distances
including 3-km, 5-km and even a half marathon. This is a flat and fast course on the paved trails of the Capitol City. The fun all starts at 8 a.m. on Sunday, but remember there is no race day registration so be sure to register at https://raceroster.com/events/2017/10356/35th-annual-breathing-space-yoga-fall-classic
Although it is too late to register for the Fundy Circuit it is not too late to plan a visit to Fundy National Park to check out this amazing event. The main event is the 50-km Fundy Circuit Ultra through the tough bit beautiful trails of the Park. There are shorter distance as well including a relay of the big trek, a 20-km race and a 10-km race as well. You can learn more about this event at the link below. Come out and learn why you should register early for next year! https://raceroster.com/events/2017/11257/fundy-circuit-ultra-marathon
For the cyclists, Fredericton is Mecca this weekend with the Bike for Breath Gran Fondo going on Sunday. There is a distance for everyone from the 25-km Breve Fondo all the way to the 165-km Century Fondo. You can get all the details and register at https://raceroster.com/events/2017/11662/bike-for-breath-gran-fondo-2017
Other cyclists will be heading to Woolastook Park for the Grimcross Cyclocross Races on Sunday. This sport just keeps growing. Check it out at https://www.facebook.com/events/1781624858518849/?acontext=%7B%22ref%22%3A%223%22%2C%22ref_newsfeed_story_type%22%3A%22regular%22%2C%
Last weekend athletes were busy at home and away with some great results. At the Course Yvon LeBlanc in Saint-Antoine the 15-km event went to Tyler Turned of Oromocto in 59:37 just ahead of Paul Gallant of Memramcook in 59:59 and Chuck Dixon of Sackville in 1:02:03. Moncton supplied all the women for the podium led by Rejeanne Belliveau in
1:21:37 followed by Noelle Boleyn in 1:25:28 and Alison Gallant in 1:31:51. The 5-km for women went to Isabelle Turner of Oromocto in 20:27 and Rock Francour of Moncton for the men in 20:14.
In Saint John
the Run for Renee went to Charles Smith on the men’s side in a time of 20:52. Gail Dornan was the top woman in 24:43. This was a special running of the Run for Renee in conjunction with the Kidney Foundation in Rockwood Park. Next month the Run for Renee returns to the usual super-fast course in Quispamsis.
Many New Brunswick athletes were on the road this weekend and certainly left a mark all over the place with great performances. Congratulations to all the athletes travelling to represent our local Clubs and our Province, all are worthy of our acknowledgment but here are a few very noteworthy performances. Our triathletes were racing in Atlantic City Ironman
70.3 where Donna Trites of Fredericton placed 4th in her age group and 21st overall among women. Others were at the Niagara Barrellman Rev 3 70.3 race where Catherine Savary of Bathurst was third in her age group in 5:13:19. At the same race, Lee Roy capped a great season with a 4th place overall and 1st in his age group with a very fast 4:10:44 finish.
In Halifax at the Maritime Race Weekend the Marathon for men was a showdown between two great New Brunswick runners with James Murphy of Saint John with the win in 2:37:56 just ahead of Ryan O’Shea of New Maryland in 2:39:37. What a great race.
It doesn’t sto
p there, in Ottawa, New Brunswick athletes were making their mark at the Army Run along with 21,000 runners including the Prime Minister. Amidst all the glamour, pomp and circumstance to this prestigious race, a small town girl from New Brunswick surged to the front of the half marathon in mid race and never gave it up. Sacha Hourihan of Southfield was the fastest woman in a time of 1:25:05 on a very hot course. She a
lso won her age group of course and was 28th among all runners, male and female. In the same race Paul Sands of Saint John took third place in his age division in a time of 1:42:55. When combined with his 5-km event (23:36) from earlier that day to make the Commanders Challenge, Paul was 2nd in his age group, what an amazing performance.
This week we could have 100 Person on the Run nominations but we will go with four. Back in July of
2016 we noted these four and their amazing attitude as they too on the Canada Day 10-Miler in Grand Bay-Westfield. Apparently they didn’t stop with running, this pa
st weekend these same four friends and athletes headed to Atlantic City to take on the Ironman 70.3 Triathlon. Once again that same love of sport and joie-de-vive came through and the all for one and one for all attitude got them all to the finish line. Congratulations Kerrie Luck, Pamela Queen, Shelley Gautreau and Kathy Berry-Cox on a great run and for showing us setting goals one after the other adds up to success.
y Running Columnist