Hey runners, if you can’t find a run for this weekend you aren’t trying hard enough, it is action packed. On Saturday in Grand Bay-Westfield the River Valley Rave Run offers up a flat and fast 5-km as the Provincial Championships. This is the 14th running of the Rave Run and it has a history of amazing performances so register today at https://events.runnb.ca/event/14th-annual-river-valley-rave-run/14731/
On the same day Moncton is hosting the 2nd Annual Crossman Invitational Mile https://events.runnb.ca/event/2nd-annual-crossman-invitational-open-mile/20219/ and the Fisher Cats 5-km Fun Run https://events.runnb.ca/event/2nd-annual-crossman-invitational-open-mile/20219/ perfect for the whole family. In Fredericton it is the Running Start Community Race with race distances from 1-km to 10-km all enjoying the beautiful trail system in the Capital City, check it out at https://events.runnb.ca/event/2nd-annual-crossman-invitational-open-mile/20219/
The fun isn’t over yet and we are still on Saturday. In Quispamsis it’s the Valley Christian Academy’s 3rd Annual Family Fun Run with a 1-km and 5-km option. Learn more and register at https://events.runnb.ca/event/2nd-annual-crossman-invitational-open-mile/20219/
On Sunday in Tracadie the 368th running of the Demi-marathon de l’Acadie is hoping to finally have a snow free event. This monthly event has braved rain, snow, wind and more so let’s hope for a sunny Sunday this month, get all the details at https://events.runnb.ca/event/368e-demi-marathon-de-lacadie/19962/ Meanwhile back in Moncton it is the Greater Moncton Running Club’s Nickle and Dime 5-km Race. This is an initial offering from the Club and looks to have some real potential. Learn all about it at https://events.runnb.ca/event/gmrc-nickle-and-dime-5km-race/23664/
On Thursday the R.a.T. Race continues at Rockwood Park in Saint John. This weekly trail run series has been very popular and highlights some of the great trails of one of Canada’s largest urban parks. Get the details at https://events.runnb.ca/event/gmrc-nickle-and-dime-5km-race/23664/
Beginning June 4th in Saint John the Little River Reservoir Runners come into existence as a “running club for everyone” and they really mean it. Get the details at https://www.facebook.com/LittleRiverReservoirRunners/
Last weekend records fell like trees at the Cross Town for Crosswinds in Sussex. In the 5-km new records were set for both men and women as Bryan Thomas bettered his own record with a 16:45 while Mary-Beth Jaillet set a new women’s record at 20:59. At 10-km Sacha Hourihan beat her own record with a 36:58. In the half marathon Trevor Funk set a new men’s mark at 1:17:12 while Adrienne Fullerton eclipsed her own record with a 1:39:15. Second place in the men’s half marathon went to Liam Funk of Saint John in 1:35:59 and third to Pat O’Brien of Moncton in 1:37:55. For the women second place went to Kalyn Sharma of Picadilly in 1:47:09 and third to Julie Brown of Quispamsis in 1:48:38. An amazing day of racing.
In Fredericton at the Runway 5K Run the men were led by Fredericton’s Nikolay Ryabkov in 18:16 followed by Donald Evans of Oromocto in 18:33 and Tim Weibe of New Maryland in 19:24. Rebecca Dolson of Richibucto Road was the top woman in 19:34 followed by Fredericton runners Donna Trites (21:12) and Kelsey Tucker (21:23).
The third running of the R.a.T.Race in Saint John was a family affair as Shelley Doucet of Quispamsis (29:09) and husband Evan Doucet (29:50) were the top male and female runners on a tough trail run in Rockwood Park. Glenn Trites was the second male in 30:34 followed by Brent Marr in 35:13. Marcie Holland took the silver spot for women in 37:47 followed by Sarah Holland in 44:18.
This week our Person on the Run is a Team on the Run with a pretty impressive record at the Cabot Trail Relay. The Fredericton Trailmasters have won 4 out of 5 years as a team including this year’s version. Congratulations on another great year.
Weekly Running Columnist