On the Run
May 14, 2018
Fasten your seatbelts, this long weekend has plenty of running action around the Province, especially for trail runners. The fun starts early with the Rockwood R.a.T. Race on Thursday at 6:30 (https://events.runnb.ca/event/rockwood-r-a-t-races/22629/ ) and rolls right into the weekend. On Sunday at Hopewell Rocks it’s the Hopewell Rocks Multi-terrain 8-km. This unique event includes road, trail and even the ocean floor. It is a challenging event but with more than enough beauty to make you forget the hard work. Check it out at https://raceroster.com/events/2018/15359/hopewell-rocks-multi-terrain-8k-race-2018
Also for the trail runners we have the Rompin Rockwood 10k, 25k and 50k Trail Ultra. This race has something for everyone and features one of the premier urban parks in the country. You can learn more and get registered at https://www.hackmatacktrailracing.com/rompin-rockwood-10k25k50k.html
For the road runners, there are also a couple of great opportunities. In Miramichi the Miramichi 10-km will be hosted by the Miramichi River Runners at 9 a.m. on Sunday. You can register on site for this long standing event that dates back to 1984. Get all the details at https://events.runnb.ca/event/miramichi-10km/20853/
Also on Sunday, in Quispamsis it is the May Run for Renee. This fun and fast course is certified and gives you a great opportunity to set a personal best or chase down an official record. Register now at https://events.runnb.ca/event/may-run-for-renee-5k/20500/
The big event last weekend was the Fredericton Marathon with record breaking performances to celebrate the 40th anniversary. The Marathon had a new record set by Jean-Marc Doiron of Moncton in 2:33:45 for first place, Oromocto’s James MacLellan also broke the old record finishing second in 2:34:15 and Ryan O’Shea of New Maryland finished the podium with a 2:48:56. The women’s winner defender her title from 2017. Heather O’Donnell slipped in under 3 hours with a 2:59:57
ahead of Emily James of Rothesay (3:02:11) and Maura Wierczorek of Halifax (3:10:07).
The women’s half marathon was a tight finish as Morgan Hawkes (Halifax) won in 1:31:31 ahead of Charlottetown’s Daun Lynch (1:31:42) and Jennie Orr of Halifax (1:32:07). The men’s event went to Lee Wesselius of River Glade in a new course record 1:11:09 followed by Richard Sukiennik of Bangor in 1:14:22 and Adam Kellar of Guelph in 1:16:57.
The 10-km saw another record fall as Shelley Doucet of Quispamsis ran an incredible 35:57 for top place among women and third place overall. Second place went to Rochelle Johnston of Moncton in 39:50 and third to Melanie Loveridge-Spinney of Hanwell in 40:57. For the men hometown boys took the top two spots as Lars Schwarz ran a 34:56 and Justin Young a personal best finish in 35:26. Third place went to Bryan Thomas of Nord Tetagouche in 36:49. The 5-km for men went to Francois Richard of Dieppe in 17:46, second place to Chuck Dixon of Sackville in 17:54 and Zachary Boulanger of Saint John was third in 18:02. In first place for the woman was Rebecca Dobson-Edge of Fredericton in 20:14 followed by a pair of young runners, Madeleine McLeod of New Maryland (20:31) and Claire Oliver of Grand Bay-Westfield (21:34). The 3-km event went to another hometown girl Kelsey Tucker in 12:06 for the women and Aaron Sellars of Moncton in 9:56. The one-miler was crazy fast with Emily Trites of Fredericton leading the way for women in 5:14 while Michael Colford of New Maryland was exactly a minute faster in 4:14.
This week our Person on the Run goes out to a guy on a long run indeed. This past weekend in his first 100-mile race Tim McDonough of Saint John took third place at the Riverlands 100 in Maine. Great work Tim.
Weekly Running Columnist