Canada Day is here and some great traditional races on are on tap. In Grand Bay-Westfield the Canada Day 10-Miler is a Super Series event along with a 5-km and 10-km option. The fun all starts at 9 a.m. and you can always count on some speedsters out front and walkers behind with lots of room for everyone in between. Check it out at https://events.runnb.ca/event/subway-restaurants-canada-day-10-miler/20002/
Also on Canada in Collette there is a 5-km run (or 2-km as an option for the kids) all starting at the Community Centre. Learn more about this great community celebration at https://events.runnb.ca/event/le-5-km-de-collette/14985/
In Grand Falls it is the 10th Annual Valley Health Run featuring a 5-km and 10-km as well as a 1-km for the kids. If you are interested don’t wait until race day, you must register in advance at https://www.events.runningroom.com/site/?raceId=15465
Although it is only coincidence, the 369th running of the Demi-marathon de l’Acadie takes place on Canada Day this month, one a great opportunity to take part in this classic event. Learn more at https://events.runnb.ca/event/369edemi-marathon-de-lacadie/22230/
Last week in Miramichi it was another great Rock N Run with Moncton’s Remi Guitard taking the men’s half marathon in 1:19:12 followed by Brad McLellean of Bathurst (1:25:36) and Alexandre Thebeau of Aldouane in 1:29:50. Emily Hamilton of Halifax led the women in 1:26:31 ahead of Penniac’s Hope Cyr in 1:49:02 and Amy Barrieau of Miramichi in 1:49:56. . The 10-km went to Grant Handrigan of Moncton in 34:31 for the men while Evan Arsenault (37:02) of Quispamsis and Riverview’s Colin McQuade (37:30) battled it out for 2nd and 3rd spots. Laura Dickinson the young running phenome of South Nelson was top woman in 37:05 followed by Sacha Hourihan of Southfield in 38:33 and Kari Parsons of Saint John in 45:36. Paula Keating won the women’s 5-km in 19:52 and Fredericton’s Tim Keilty took the men’s 5-km in 19:36.
At the Run for Renee the times were smokin’ hot as it was the East Coast Game’s 5-km Road Race. Brady Graves led the way for men in 15:23 ahead of Justin Young (16:51) and Trevor Funk (17:00). In the women’s race records fell as Shelley Doucet led the way with a new course record of 16:57 followed by Mary-Beth Jaillet in 19:38 and running legend Patty Blanchard in 19:50 setting a New Brunswick record for the 60-69 age group record. A great day of racing.
The Triathletes were busy in Saint John. The main event Sprint Triathlon was won by hometown boy Zachary Boulanger in 1:07:05 followed by Hampton’s Chandler Scott in 1:10:29 and Steve Vienneau of Rothesay in 1:11:47. The women were led by Sue Watson of Rothesay in 1:19:12 ahead of Charlottetown’s Bridget Keedwell in 1:21:00 and Beth Seamans of Quispamsis in 1:22:32. Pamela Queen of Quispamsis won the Aquabike in 1:02:02 while the men’s winner was Jesse English of Fredericton in 52:04. . Shelby Scott took the Super Sprint in 1:04:40 for women and Duncan MacGillivary of Miramichi was the men’s winner in 47:52. The men’s Duathlon was won by Bradley Wood of Ludlow in 1:18:03 and the top woman was Karen Kuzik of Saint John in 1:28:30.
This week our Person on the Run is no stranger to our column. Shelley Doucet is rewriting the New Brunswick running record book almost every time she laces up. Earlier this month she took third spot in the prestigious Mount Washington grueling uphill race then this week comes raging back home to set a new course record at the Run for Renee 5-km road race in 16:57. Truly a Person on the Run.
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