The long weekend in May is the unofficial start of summer in New Brunswick and we have some great running events coming up to celebrate it. On Thursday there is another chance to get into the R.a.T. Race at Rockwood Park. It’s a low cost no frill night out with other runners (or walk/runners) and you can get all the details at https://events.runnb.ca/event/rockwood-r-a-t-races/22630/
On Saturday there are a couple of interesting options. In Saint John it is the Port City Beer Run starting at noon at the Diamond Jubilee Cruise Terminal. There are plenty of choices, so try a 3-km, 5-km or 10-km run then try the great beverages from over a dozen local suppliers. Get registered at https://raceroster.com/events/2018/15908/port-city-beer-run-2018
On the same day in Fredericton you can take off on the 2018 YFC Runway Run in Fredericton. This is a great event for the whole family, a great 5-km run on the runway but an even bigger event and fun day for the entire family. Check it all out at the following link and do your part to help support the Canadian Mental Health Association of New Brunswick. The details are at https://raceroster.com/events/2018/15908/port-city-beer-run-2018
On Sunday it’s Across Town for Crosswinds in Sussex. This family friendly event features everything from the 0.5-km Kids run to a fast half marathon with a 1-km, 5-km and 10-km in between. It is a great event in support of the Crosswinds Occupational Activity Center. Get all the information and register at https://raceroster.com/events/2018/15908/port-city-beer-run-2018
Last weekend the Run for Renee had some excitement in Quispamsis. Two men eclipsed the previous men’s record as Evan Arsenault went one second under with a 15:34 and Matt McNeil of Halifax (but a Saint John native) nailed a new record that will be hard to beat at 14:47. The women’s record also took a beating as the current record holder Sacha Hourihan did herself one better with a 17:35. Third place for the men went to Kevin Curnock in 17:32 while on the women’s side Claire Oliver was second in 21:24 and Suzanne Doucet third in 22:13. Overall 11 personal bests were set in that race, it shows how a fast front runner can pull the entire field to better performances.
At Hopewell Rocks the Hopewell Rocks 8-km Multi-Terrain Race had a record registration of over 200 runners and the results were great. In the men’s race Kevin Heppell of Charlo led the way in 39:23 ahead of Jason St-Onge of Moncton in 39:45 and Jeff MacPhee closely behind in third at 39:48. The women’s event was won by Maggie McClure of Halifax in 41:07 followed by Renee Embree of Saint John (41:48) and Melanie Hamill of Wellington (43:12).
At the Rompin Rockwood the 50-km went to Andrew Jarvais of Oromocto in 4:57:17 for top spot ahead of Eric Girard (5:32:48) and Joel Monsvelt(5:43:33). For women to Kelsey Hogan of Steady Brook NL in 6:09:24 followed by Krista Kierstead in 7:20:02. The 25-km was won by Eric Mauricette of Baileyville in 2:20:00 for the men ahead of Michel Poirier (2:25:57) and Trevor Nason (2:25:59). Marcie Holland of Saint John took top spot (2:45:20) for the women followed by Rosanna Lamb (3:00:58) and Sheryl Hiemstra(3:04:45).
Also in Rockwood, the R.a.T. Race had its’ second running and no surprise, Shelley Doucet led the way for the women (and overall) in 28:43 followed by her sister Marcie Holland in 37:29 and Sarah Holland in 47:35. The men were led by Shelley’s husband Evan Doucet in 33:15 ahead of Brian Head (34:49) and Brent Marr (34:49). Congratulations to all finishers, it is nice to see a weekly trail running opportunity in Rockwood.
This week our Person on the Run goes to Sacha Hourihan for once again setting a new record for the Run for Renee with a blistering 17:35 finish, great work.
Weekly Running Columnist