Summer is flying by and just like the weather the race calendar has been hot. On Saturday it’s the Tim Horton’s Joe McGuire Road Race in Woodstock. Named after Hall of Famer Joe McGuire this race goes back to 1986 and offers a great course for 5-km or 10-km runners and 5-km walkers. It is fast, flat and beautiful; get all the details at https://events.runnb.ca/online-registration/event/tim-hortons-joe-mcguire-road-race/20802/
On the same day in Rogersville the Course du Festival des Choux de Bruxelles offer an unusual theme for a run but this event is a true community effort and offers a 2-km and 5-km so everyone can get involved. It has a nice rolling course and for the speedsters some nice prize money. You can learn more about this event at https://events.runnb.ca/event/course-du-festival-des-choux-de-bruxelles/20810/
Triathletes were busy in Beresford at the Triathlon Chaleur 2018. In the Sprint Triathlon there were some incredible performances. Leading the way for men was Moncton’s Cedric Boily in 57:08 followed by Lee Roy of Bathurst in 1:01:19 and Kevin Heppell of Charlo in 1:05:50. The women were led by Kamylle Frenette of Dieppe in 1:10:36 followed by Donna Trites of Fredericton in 1:12:08 and Eryn Weldon of Moncton in 1:12:44. The duathlon went to Beresfords Nathalie Carrier (1:29:49) for women and Sylvain Arseneau of Petit-Rocher (1:00:50) for the men.
In Shippagan the 5-km event went to Guillaume Blanchard of Caraquet in 19:40 for the men and Jasmine Grenier of Sherbrooke in 23:24 for the women. In the 10-km Maude Breau of Tracadie was top woman in 1:01:38 followed by Christie Beaulieu of Robertville in 1:05:01 and Line Paulin of Quebec in 1:06:12. The men were led by running legend Rejean Chiasson of Toronto in 33:03 followed by Bryan Thomas of North Tetagouche in 34:57 and Dieppe’s Jonathan Legault in 39:34.
One of the iconic trail runs of the summer is the Herring Run in Mascarene. This family operated run is on the rugged coast of the Bay of Fundy thanks to some kind land owners who share their property each year for this great event. The participants were world class, top male at the 20-km distance was Olympian Joel Bourgeois in 1:38:51 followed by Ethan Neiderer in 1:39:30 and Evan Doucet of in 1:51:11. The women were led by running super start Shelley Doucet in 1:38:52 followed by Heidi McLellan in 2:08:16 and Lindy van der Linde in 2:09:41. In the 10-km, Evan Arsenault was top male in 45:39 and Lisette Caissie top female in 1:09:23.
The road runners were also busy with the Run for Renee 5-km in Quispamsis with Brady Graves taking the honours for men in a very quick 15:43. The women’s crown went to Claire Reevey in 21:25.
This week our Person on the Run was truly on the run. In a span of 29 hours Donna Trites of Fredericton completed two triathlons in two different provinces. On Saturday she completed the Chaleur Sprint Triathlon in second place in 1:12:08. The next day she raced in an Olympic Distance Triathlon in New Glasgow Nova Scotia at the Melmerby Triathlon in 2:25:38 also for second place. That is truly a weekend on the Run.
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