Finally, things are warming up, just on time for a running season that is heating up quickly. This weekend in Grande Digue it is the 15-km de Grande-Digue. This event is so
popular they have had to set a cap of 350 entrants so be sure to register soon. It is a very inclusive event with a 15-km run, a 15-km walk and a 5-km walk/run. It isn’t unusual to see a former Olympian and a weekend jogger both out there doing their thing and this community based event. To learn more and to register go to https://www.events.runningroom.com/site/?raceId=14771
If you are in the Saint John area and looking to get involved in Trail running you might want to check out the 6 week learn to Trail run at River and Trail Outdoor. This is a very popular program and it not only helps get you started in the sport, it introduces you to all the best running trails around the area. You can learn more at https://www.facebook.com/events/188303485145618/
Last weekend a traditional spring run came up with a great new twist that was literally felt around the world. The Brent Kelly 5-Miler added a new “virtual run” option that allowed participants anywhere in the world to participate where they are and receive a t-shirt and finishers medal. So in addition to the runners at the Irving Nature Park remembering Brent through their run, 39 runners from Mount Uniacke to Friuli Italy, from Borden to Belgium, even on Caribbean Cruise ships completed 5-miles all to honour the late Brent Kelly and to help raise money to keep kids active in our community. Six countries outside of Canada and six provinces within Canada were represented in the virtual run.
The women’s race went to the very fast Erin Vringer of Saint John in 32:32 continuing her great running from last season. Second went to Renee Embree of Saint John in 35:22 and third to Sue Teakles of Sussex Corner in 38:23. The men were led by Evan Arseneault of Quispamsis in 28:01 ahead of Dean Strowbridge of Saint John in 31:28 and Nikolay Ryabkov of Fredericton in 32:13.
Another new innovation this year was the Canicross event that has dog owners joined by their favourite pooch for a run. These guys were amazingly fast and would have been right up front in the regular 5-Miler. The women’s race was won by Sarah Peel of Hampton in 32:51 followed by Lisa McFarlane of Moncton in 34:28 and Amelie Aikman of Grand Bay-Westfield in 39:09. For the men it was Ryan Mairead of Saint John in 52:48 ahead of Jadon Mellor of Hampton in 54:48 and Todd Fraser of Nauwegiwauk in 1:35:42. That is a very impressive day of racing for dogs and runners alike. Congratulations to race director Marta Kelly on a great success around the world.
In Sussex another innovator was hard at work as Alex Coffin offered the Sussex Swim Run to kick off the Triathlon season. The top man was Alexandre Boule of Saguenay in 28:34 followed by Martin Larose of Oromocto in 30:03 and Stephen Handel of Dieppe in 32:19. The women’s event went to Isabelle Turner of Oromocto in 36:17 followed by Frederick Morissette of Oromocto in 44:17 and Angelina Hermenier of Pearsonville in 47:38. It was great to see a mix of ages and abilities out enjoying this event.
Last week our Person on the Run went to a very active Mom and this week it goes to a very active Dad. Shane Dickie of Quispamsis is a triathlete, a Dad of three young children (including twin boys), works full time and often is organizing training sessions for active friends on the weekend. This week he was 3rd in his age group at the Sussex Swim Run and is our Person on the Run. Great job Shane.