Finally, the sun is shining and the weather is warming up. It has been a tough week for people living along the mighty St. John River so maybe a bit of celebration is in order. In Fredericton this weekend it is the 40th anniversary of the Fredericton Marathon. This is truly an endurance event having faced down weather, floods and all the challenges of a huge public event. With another year of flooding challenges for the beautiful course that highlights the river, organizers are giving assurances they are ready for any contingency. You can choose your distance from 3-km to the full marathon as well as a number of options to double up by running two, or even three events over the weekend. For more information and to register go to http://frederictonmarathon.ca/index.php
For a slightly smaller event to celebrate Mother’s Day weekend, check out Les pionniers cours pour les meres/Les Pionniers run for Mothers 5-km. This event takes place at Ecole des Pionniers in Quispamsis on Saturday at 10 am. It is a fast course in a beautiful neighbourhood, perfect for a personal best run. You can learn more at https://events.runnb.ca/online-registration/event/les-pionniers-cours-pour-les-m-res-les-pionniers-run-for-mothers-5k/20392/
On Thursday night this week in Saint John an 8-week series of Thursday night runs begins in Rockwood Park. The Rockwood R.a.T. Race is a 6.5-km loop through the amazing trails of Rockwood Park. It is a great chance to gage your progress through the season by using this course as a benchmark. Every Thursday night for 8-weeks at 6:30. Get all the details at https://events.runnb.ca/event/rockwood-r-a-t-races/22214/
Last week in Memramcook it was the Demi Marathon Coeurs Chaud/Warm Hearts Half Marathon. In the half marathon it was super star Lee Roy of Bathurst leading the way in 1:17:23 ahead of Steve Handel of Dieppe (1:25:56) and Kevin Leblanc of Memramcook (1:27:12). The women’s half marathon went to Julie Belanger of Shediac in 1:53:09 while second place went to Guylaine Chiasson of Haute-Aboujagane in 2:09:54 and third to Riley Higdon of Saint John in 2:25:37.
In the 10-km event the women were led by Sophie Comeau of St Charles in 43:17 followed by Andrea Burris of Truro in 49:07 and hometown runner Kristen Gaudet grabbed third place in 51:24. The men’s winner was Colin Burris of Truro in 40:26, Michel Leger of Dieppe was second in 46:38 and Mathieu Landry of Grand Barachois was third in 47:41. Mixime Aube of Dieppe won the men’s 5-km in 21:26 while Monica Leblanc of Memramcook was the top woman in the 5-km with a 25:05 finish.
At the Demi-marathon de l’Acadie this past weekend, the always fast Mathieu Fortin of Caraquet was the fastest man in 1:24:49 followed by Jonathan Legault of Dieppe in 1:25:35 and Gary Kenny of Tracadie in 1:33:45. Nathalie Theriault-Roy of Beresford managed a PB for the women’s win in 1:36:12 ahead of Roxane Pelletier of Petit-Rocher in 1:36:22 and Nathalie Bovin of Bathurst in 1:36:39. .
This week our Person on the Run goes to one of our Trail runners. Trail running is really taking off in New Brunswick and this week a new 8-week series begins in Rockwood Park thanks to Marc Gallant. Great idea Marc, thank you.
Weekly Running Columnist