This weekend the largest women’s triathlon in Atlantic Canada takes place in Hampton. The Hampton Ladies Triathlon takes place Sunday in support of the KV Domestic Violence Outreach. This is always an emotional uplifting event, check it out at https://raceroster.com/events/2018/15548/erdinger-alkoholfrei-hampton-ladies-triathlon-duathlon-2018
The runners start rolling Saturday with the MAF Flyin Feet Five Miler in Fredericton. This event highlights the beautiful, and challenging Odell Park in the heart of the Capital City. Learn more at https://events.runnb.ca/event/maf-flyin-feet-five-miler/20403/
On the same day in Oromocto the Army 10-km offers a 5-km and 1-km in addition to the signature event. One of the few cross country courses on the schedule it has been a popular stop for runners since 2005. Read all the details and register at https://events.runnb.ca/event/army-10k/22054/
Further north on Saturday the 10-km Chaleur Banque Nationale has a 5-km and 10-km option lined up for your running pleasure. All the fun starts at 11 a.m. and features a rich history with records held by no less than Joel Bourgeois (29:35) and Patty Blanchard (35:49) at the 10-km distance. Read more at https://events.runnb.ca/event/10-km-chaleur-banque-nationale-ckle/20793/
On Sunday in the Miramichi it’s the June 5-km on a very fast course. The Miramichi River Runners have a tradition of excellence and this is sure to be another great event. Learn more at https://events.runnb.ca/event/10-km-chaleur-banque-nationale-ckle/20793/
Last weekend in Moncton the Duathlon was a cold windy affair but there were some red hot performances. In the men’s event Cedric Boily of Moncton led the way in 56:15 ahead of Lee Roy of Bathurst (58:00) and Alexandre L’Heureux of Hanwell (59:36). For the women it was Donna Trites of Fredericton in 1:08:57 followed by Erica Doucet in 1:11:14 and up and comer Carol-Ann MacDonald of Notre-Dame in 1:12:06. All these great female athletes were also age group winners. Congratulations to all finishers for taking on a tough day.
In Grand Bay-Westfield the Rave Run was the Provincial 5-km championships. The men’s champion is Fredericton’s Justin Young in 17:28 followed by Roy Clavette of Oromocto (19:51) and Marcel Comeau of Moncton (20:19). The women’s champ is Sacha Hourihan of Southfield in 18:14 followed by Sue Teakles of Sussex Corner in 22:01 and Nadine Jackson of Beaver Harbour in 22:12.
At the Running Start Community Race in Fredericton the 3-km event went to Connor Whitman of Maugerville (16:52) and Gracie Kaley of Hanwell (13:53). The 5-km event was won by Chris Bangay of Fredericton in 22:00 for the men and Jensen Thomas in 23:10 for the women. Chrystal Allen of New Maryland took the women’s 10-km in 54:50 while the men’s event went to Darryl Johnstone of Fredericton in 43:23.
Further afield, Chris Watson formerly of Rothesay was a late entry into Ironman Lanzarote in Canarias Spain, but still managed an amazing 11:08:45 finish and 188th place out of 1594 athletes from around the world.
This week our Person on the Run goes to Zach Boulanger. At the Moncton duathlon, after a great first run in 5th position, he had 2 flats on the bike and had to run barefoot carrying his bike into transition. However, never giving up, he took off on the second run and managed 4th place in that segment. That is true grit.
Weekly Running Columnist