I think I have started every season saying it looks like the best one yet, and it really looks that way this season for endurance athletes in New Brunswick. Whether you are a cyclist, triathlete, swimmer, hiker or runner there is something for you all this season. The big guns are still shooting with the Fredericton Marathon celebrating 40 years next month, Rev 3 St Andrews Half Iron Triathlon in July, Marathon by the Sea in August and Legs for Literacy in October. The series events like Run NB’s Super Series all around the Province, the Run for Renee monthly 5-km in Quispamsis, the Miramichi River Runners series, the Demi-marathon de l’Acadie monthly half marathon, the Fundy Sports and Tourism monthly Cycling Time Trials in Bloomfield are all back in action again this season. Many of the perennials are back including events like the Lorneville Loop, the Brent Kelly 5-Miler, the Rave Run, the 40th edition of the St Andrews Father’s Day 5-Miler, the Rockwood by the Bay Triathlon in Saint John, the Miramichi Rock N Run, the Joe McGuire Road Race in Woodstock, the Chipman Summer Road Race, the Hampton 5-Miler, the 36th Fall Classic in Fredericton to name just a few.
There are also lots of new developments, some of the biggest around Trail Running. A new provincial association is in the works for Trail Running and it looks like it will be a great platform for races such as the Herring Run, Hopewell Rocks 8-km, Romp in Rockwood Ultra, Rothesay Trail Fest, the Fundy Circuit Ultra, Mactaquac Trail Race and many more off road adventures. We will keep you up to date as that association gets it legs over the next few weeks and months ahead. There is a new ultra-distance event with the Little River Reservoir Ultra 52-km and 26-km coming up in August. The Adventure Corridor Relay and Individual 54-km Ultra had a successful pilot last season and looks like you can count on it as a welcome regular fixture on the schedule.
The multisport athletes will be busy with a full schedule from Triathlon NB including the long standing Duncan Hadley Triathlon in Fredericton, the Chaleur Triathlon, Harvey Community Days Triathlon and Duathlon, the Sackville Triathlon, the Rockwood Triathlon Relays and many more. There are also two events that are being rebranded this year in association with Canaqua Sports, the Sea Dogs Open Water Swim has added distances and joined with the Canaqua Sports series in hopes of becoming one of eastern Canada’s premier open water swimming events. The Saint John SwimRun Challenge has also joined in with Canaqua Sports as part of their SwimRun Challenge series and will offer a great race in Rockwood Park.
So that is a taste of what we have to look forward to this season and it all starts now. This Sunday the Lorneville Loop 13-km is ready to roll out the red carpet to the season. Register now by going to the link below, you can register on race day but the event often sells out so I wouldn’t risk it. Register here https://www.events.runningroom.com/applications/?raceId=14555&eventId=43400&vrindex=3
There was another great running of the Demi-Marathon de l’Acadie this past weekend despite less than ideal conditions. But these guys are tough and had a great time. The top ten runners were all under 1:43, an impressive run before the running season really gets rolling. Here are the top 10 finishers…
1 Mathieu Fortin Caraquet NB M 30-39 1:29:22
2 Sebastien Poirier Tracadie NB M 30-39 1:34:59
3 Maurice Vienneau Halifax NS M 60-69 1:35:16
4 Suzanne Myers Moncton NB F 20-29 1:35:48
5 Patrick Hache Tracadie NB M 30-39 1:36:05
6 Louis -Philippe McGraw Moncton NB M 40-49 1:38:18
7 Marc-Andre McGraw Tracadie NB M 30-39 1:39:39
8 Nathalie Theriault-Roy Beresford NB F 30-39 1:39:59
9 Michel Robichaud Grand Barachois NB M 40-49 1:40:00
10 Karl Stoeterau Moncton NB M 30-39 1:42:15
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