Rockwood Park is on of Canada’s premier Urban Parks. Only minutes from Uptown Saint John is a gem of a park with lakes, streams and marvelous views of the Bay of Fundy and Saint John aka Saint Awesome!
This backdrop is perfect for the challenge of a Trail Ultra and we have a race for every fitness level and every goal. If you are looking for something hard core, the 50-km Ultra will certainly provide that with a double lap of the 25-km course that winds its way through the fantastic trail system at Rockwood. The single lap 25-km gets you all through the park and there is no need to repeat. The 10-km is a perfect distance for a taste of the trails.
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I started studying the benefits of exercise in 1973… after 10 years of formal education and over 30 years of practice and ongoing study… here is what I believe is the most current, best advice for activity and health as we enter a New Year: 1. Regular activity is essential for good physical and mental health, the amount is hard to define but most days of the week you likely need 60-90 minutes of activity. 2. Low intensity activity like walking can make up most of that activity but there is evidence that a few times a week the intensity should be high enough to make you breathe heavily for 15-30 minutes, equivalent to running or walking steep inclines. 3. As we age, activity to keep muscles strong and flexible as well as activity to promote balance and agility is at least as important as cardiovascular exercise. Most days of the week you will benefit from even a few minutes of this type of activity. 4. Exercise can help maintain a healthy weight but weight management and weight loss is more a factor of good nutrition than anything else, for weight loss consult a professional dietitian. 5. Outside activity is another essential element to good physical and mental health, exercising outside as much as possible will pay big dividends. 6. Exercise is medicine, it helps reduce many chronic diseases… however that does not sustain motivation for most people… find activity that you enjoy and want to do for the activity’s sake and let all those other benefits flow in like a bonus cheque. 7. Don’t measure against others (except in a sporting sense). It is clear that we all have different likes, abilities and aptitudes that make our physical activity profile unique. Enjoy the socialization but have the courage to be the unique physical being you are designed to be. 8. Physical activity has a dose response… different amounts and intensities give different outcomes, this means variety will give the most well rounded outcomes. It also means that diminishing returns eventually happen as total volume increases and eventually physical activity levels can reach a point where they are detrimental. Dose response is specific to each individual and is unique to your genetic profile. 9. Sadly, a few individuals have severe diseases that limit their activity but before you play that card remember the amount of people who truly cannot find some activity to work around their challenges are exceedingly small and many people have shown they can beat those challenges and still enjoy activity on their terms.
Here’s to a happy, healthy and active 2019 my friends!!
New Brunswick runners blew into the Windy City last weekend for the Chicago Marathon with some amazing performances. The highlight of them all was Shelley Doucet of Quispamsis setting a new record for New Brunswick women with a 2:38:49, 15th overall, 2nd Canadian and top of her age group simply amazing.
At the Valley Harvest Marathon in Wolfville New Brunswick runners nabbed some great results. Annie Michaud of Moncton won the Ultramarathon for women in 5:04:01 followed by Julie Belanger of Shediac in 5:09:51. In the men’s Marathon, Korey Nixon of Rothesay was third overall in 3:09:53.
Closer to home, the Sweet Caroline Run in Rothesay was another big success celebrating its’ fifth anniversary. In the men’s 10-km Evan Arsenault led the way in 34:31 followed by Saint John’s Alex Coffin (38:40) and Cameron Harris of Quispamsis (39:22). The women saw Sacha Hourihan take off with a 37:58 followed by Alicia Postuma of Quispamsis in 49:25 and Brittany McGraw of Saint John in 49:46. In the 5-km it was Katherine Miller (Saint John) and Susan Teakles (Sussex Corner) in a very close finish 22:45 to 22:46, doesn’t get much closer than that. Third place went to Grace Tilley of Rothesay in 24:05. For the men it was Ben Evans of Hampton in 20:21 followed by Rothesay’s Garrett Dixon (21:53) and Sam Dumouchel of Saint John (22:42). It is quite a tribute to Caroline that at least one podium member of every race was from the under 19 age group, no doubt friends and school mates of the late Caroline Lorette who the race honours.
There are lots of opportunities this weekend both on and off road. It all starts Saturday with the Great Green Hill Movapaloosa in Fredericton offering a 5-km or 10-km on the great city trails. You can register at http://www.greenhill.ca/run/
It isn’t often you get to write about someone running a hundred races, rarer still one hundred half marathons, but almost unheard of to write about someone running the same half marathon one hundred times. This past Sunday at the Demi-marathon de l’Acadie, that is exactly what Donald Cormier of Tracadie has accomplished. That is more than 1 in 4 of the 372 runnings of this iconic event and a total of 2,110 kilometers of racing. Félicitations Donald that is an impressive accomplishment and why you are this week’s Person on the Run.
With only one Run NB Super Series Race left to go, On the Run is ready to declare some winners for this season. For the women in the 19 and under it looks like a lock for Alex Moffett of Searsville with 335 points and her closest rival at 145. It is a different story I the 20-29 age group where Moncton’s Anouk Doiron has 340 points to Bellisle Creek’s Shawna Allaby’s 309 points, could be close. The 30-39 is all Melissa Martin’s as the Nauwigewauk runner has 615 to her nearest rival’s 540 points. In the 40-49 Carol Lynn Landry of Grand Bay-Westfield is a run-away with 773 points. The same in the 50-59 age group for Saint John’s Suzanne Doucet who has a 300-point lead with a total of 440 points. Marcelle Breau is the 60-69 age group winner with 729 points. Jenny Keenan of Halifax owns the 70 plus crown with 650 points. So for the women the 20-29 age group is the one to watch this weekend.
For the men all of the age groups are decided although a couple are pretty close, they have the necessary 50-point margin to be declared the winner. In the 19 and under it’s Bathurst’s Julien Thibodeau with 350 points, 20-29 Shaun Girouard of Dieppe wins with 425 plus any gained this weekend, 30-39 goes to Roy Clavette of Oromocto but Dennis Hoar of Riverview made it tough as they have 628 and 570 points respectively over 14 races. Marcel Comeau of Moncton owns the 40-49 age group with a whopping 935 points while fellow Monctonian Paul Thibodeau tops the 50-59 age division with 830 points. In the 60-69 age group Maurice Vienneau of Halifax leads the way with an unsurmountable 830 points. Another tough competition in the 70 plus group but Phil Booker of Fredericton holds a safe margin of 54 points over Murray Forgrave of Apohaqui 920 to 866 to secure the win.
It is amazing to note that the fastest women’s time at every distance except the marathon this season belongs to Shelley Doucet of Quispamsis. She has spent this season preparing for a run at the big time at the Chicago Marathon this weekend. If her lead up is any indication, we should be able to declare her the fastest in all distances after the race on Sunday. Go Shelley.
This week we lost one of our running communities finest, Billy Anderson of Saint John. Always equipped with a smile and a story Billy brought light to every event and inspired us that running isn’t just for the young. We will miss you Billy but you will always be our Person on the Run.
It was another record breaking weekend in New Brunswick at the Hampton 5-Miler. Shelley Doucet of Quispamsis set a new course record for this 18-year-old event with a very fast 28:40. The second place woman was Sacha Hourihan of Southfield in 30:36 and one second behind her, in a new New Brunswick under 19 record was Saint John’s Erin Vringer in 30:37. The men were very impressive as well with Evan Arsenault of Quispamsis leading the way in 26:55 ahead of Nicholas Larade of Fredericton (27:40) and Jeff Queen of Saint John in a personal best time of 28:37.
In Bathurst the action was on the trails and still amazingly fast as Lee Roy of Bathurst was the top 10-km runner in 35:43 ahead of London’s Ben Hope in 36:30 and Bryan Thomas of North Tetagouche in 38:46. The Nathalie’s were at it again as Natalie Theriault of Beresford took top spot in 47:29 and Nathalie Guerette Pelletier of Petit-Rocher Ouest was third in 48:17 and Joelle Hache of Petit-Rocher split the two for second place in 47:49. The 5-km event went to Sylvie Leblanc of Bathurst in 22:57 for the women followed by Lanne Mersier of Petit Rocher Nord in 25:14 just ahead of Catherine Mallet of Whitehorse in 25:40. The men were led by Jonathan Roy of Beresford in 19:39 followed by Marcel Mercier of Petit Rocher Nord (22:50) and Alain Gallant of Bathurst (24:38).
In Dieppe the Crossroads Relay had corporate teams going head to head for a 4 runner, 10-km relay race in support of Crossroads for Women, helping women and children living with domestic violence. The top team was ASEA-fast kids in 40:34 ahead of Major Drilling in 47:36 and L’equipe des Rouges in 49:48. Kudos to the business and runners taking on a great cause.
This week our Person on the Run goes to a remarkable young runner from Saint John, Erin Vringer. At only 14 years of age she is racking up an impressive running resume including third place in the provincial 5-Mile Championship in Hampton this past weekend in 30:37. Mark her name in your program, she is one to watch.
Another week and another record for the amazing Shelley Doucet of Quispamsis. At the Demi-marathon de l’Acadie Doucet broke her own record with a very fast 1:18:24. and what is more amazing it was a last minute plan to get a training run in before her big race in Chicago next month. Second place went to Natalie Boivin in 1:34:55 and third to Natalie Theriault-Roy in 1:40:12. Lee Roy was also training for a big event next month but joined in and took top spot in 1:17:58 ahead of Shelley’s husband Evan Doucet (1:20:46).
Meanwhile in Saint-Francois at the provincial half marathon championships the big winner for the men was Bryan Thomas of North Tetagouche in 1:16:52 followed by Staphane Boudreau of Caraquet in 1:25:00 and Nikolay Ryabkov of Fredericton in 1:25:32. The women were led by Isabelle Thibault of Edmunston in 1:40:22 ahead of Louise Connely of Edmunston in 1:42:34 and in third place maintaining the 2 minute symmetry was Sue Teakles of Sussex Corner in 1:44:18, the 2 minute symmetry between runners in a weird coincidence went to all the way to 5th place. In the 8-km event Tristan Morneault of Dieppe was top male in 31:13 while Emily Roy of Saint-Constant was top female in 39:19. The 5-km went to Andon Morneault of Dieppe in 19:45 for men and Melissa Lebrecque of Levis in 20:31 for the women.
At the September Run for Renee the men had a tight finish as Justin Young took top spot in 16:50 just ahead of Trevor Funk in 16:56 and Daniel LeBlanc in 17:03. Suzanne Doucet led the women in 22:08 followed by Sarah Holland with a personal best time of 24:37 and Charlene Smith in 29:08.
Next weekend there are some great runs including the 18th running of the Hampton 5-Miler. Be sure to register online to save money for yourself and to get the chance to pass on the t-shirt option (you have plenty of those) and let that money go back to kids’ sport in the Hampton community. It is a great event with excellent volunteers and after party, register now at https://raceroster.com/events/2018/15881/hampton-5-miler
In Moncton the Crossroads Relay brings teams of friends, coworkers and families together to have fun and help women and children living with family violence. Experienced runners can use it for some speed work and developing runners can work together to do a 10-km in just 2-km segments. Learn more about this great cause at https://raceroster.com/events/2018/17055/crossroads-relay-2018
This week our Person on the Run goes to Sarah Holland of Saint John. Sarah has been showing her speed on both road and trail this season and had a PB at Septembers Run for Renee taking second place.
Last weekend New Brunswick athletes were demonstrating just how much above our weight this province can punch when it comes to endurance sport. In Ironman Mont Tremblant dozens of NB Triathletes completed the 3.8-km swim, 180-km ride and 42.2-km run. And the results were beyond impressive. Cedric Boily of Moncton not only won his division he was 5th overall (including Pros, first age-grouper) in a time of 8:31:26, including a 2:57:04 marathon! Marc Arseneau of Bathurst was 2nd in his division, Michel Savoie of Balmoral was 4th in his division in 10:44:26 and Chris McNamara of Saint John was 9th in his division in 10:00:55. Congratulations to all our triathletes.
In PEI it was the Atlantic Triathlon Championships. In the Sprint Draft legal event Jonathan Taylor of Halifax was top male in 1:07:14 while Kate Timms of Toronto was top female in 1:12:57 both nabbing a spot for World Championships. In the Atlantic Championship non-drafte sprint Michael Roy on Moncton won in 1:08:56 for men and Lisette Caissie of Robinson Illinois was top woman in 1:13:32. In the Standard Distance Worlds Qualifier and Atlantic Championship Tyler Cole of St Johns led the way in 1:59:20 for men while Jacqueline Jenkins of Calgary took the women’s title in 2:21:21. In the Standard Aquabike World Qualifier Adam Aldred of West Pubnico was the men’s winner in 1:34:06 and Elizabeth Seiffert of Hanwell was the women’s winner in 1:35:37. The Aquathalon World Qualifier winner was Cory Mcguigan of Halifax for men in 39:45 the same time as Jessy Carveth of Sandford, the women’s winner.
The runners were impressive as well, especially in Miramichi. Not one, but two Canadian records were set at the Miramichi Mile. Raymond Caissie broke the 70-74-year age group record that he himself had set only a week before with a fast 5:47 clocking. Patty Blanchard smashed the women’s 60-64-year age group record in 5:44, 57 seconds faster than the previous 6:41 held by Liz Shad of Ontario. In Saint John the August Run for Renee had some great performances as Brady Graves led the way with a 16:03 for the men and Corinne Fournier was the top woman in 21:10. Seven runners set personal course records against a headwind and heat. In Chipman the 10-km event went to Laura Richard in 43:34 for women and Nicholas Larade for men in 35:53.
This week our Person on the Run has done the near impossible. A 5th place finish at Ironman Mont Tremblant including the pros. Cedric Boily of Moncton is simply an awesome Ironman and indeed our Person on the Run.
Last weekend was a busy one in New Brunswick. The runners were busy all weekend long with the Marathon by the Sea. The Marco Polo 5-km went to Steve Hanlon of Saint John in 19:55 for men and Marin MacPherson of Quispamsis for the women in 23:01. In the 10-km the women were led by Andree Germain of Granby QC in 41:37 and the men followed Scott lee of Baxters Corner who hit 39:51.
The half marathon had a record breaking performance by Quispamsis runner Shelley Doucet who knocked the record back by over 2 minutes with a 1:19:22, that is a grand slam in the running world. Second place went to Megan McNear of Negley OH in 1:33:28 and third to Karen Kuzik of Saint John in 1:41:10. The men were led by Jean-Philippe Deschenes of Alma PQ in 1:18:39 ahead of Michel Colford of New Maryland in 1:19:39 and Colin McQuade of Riverview in 1:21:19.
In the full marathon the men were very quick with Nicholas Bucker of Halifax on the top of the podium in 2:48:24 flanked by Matthew Fyfe of Sackville (2:49:10) in second and Trevor Funk of Saint John (2:52:14) in third. Belinda Ralph of Lavington NSW AU won the women’s marathon in 3:09:55 followed by Stella Chen of Wolfville (3:53:02) and Andrea Cameron of Toronto (3:55:32).
The triathletes contested their Provincial championships in Harvey and the men’s Olympic event went to Alexandre Boule of Oromocto in 2:02:50 followed by Martin Larose of Oromocto in 2:14:57 and Bill Lane of Moncton in 2:23:23. The women’s winner was Laura Richard of Fredericton in 2:38:41 followed by Rothesay’s Sue Watson (2:46:21) and Bathurst’s Nathalie Boivin (2:49:53). The women’s sprint winner was Elizabeth Seiffert of Hanwell New Brunswick in 1:19:03 ahead of Addie Carten of Welshpool (1:31:20) and Lisa McCutcheon of Southampton (1:33:01). The men were led by Satish Punna of Moncton (1:10:59) followed by Michael Roy of Moncton (1:12:04) and Philippe Levesque of Edmunston in 1:13:40.
In Caraquet Sacha Hourihan of Southfield took the 10-km in 38:04 for women and Jean-Marc Doiron was top male (34:55). Women’s 5-km went to Patty Blanchard of Dieppe (19:53) and Jerome Theriault of Paquetville (18:55).
This week our Person on the Run goes to Elizabeth Seiffert of Hanwell. This triathlon legend is mounting a comeback after injuries and illness and is this year’s Provincial Sprint Champion. Great work.
Staying with the runners, the 370th edition of the Demi-marathon de l’Acadie goes on Sunday in Tracadie. This is truly a New Brunswick running tradition that dates back to 1987 and is always very well done. Some day you need to run this event, why not make it a special New Brunswick Day and do it this weekend? Get all the details at https://events.runnb.ca/event/370e-demi-marathon-de-lacadie/22231/
The big event last weekend was the Joe McGuire Road Race in Woodstock. In the 10-km it was Nicholas Larade of Fredericton leading the way in 35:07 followed by Montreal’s Paul Nozicka in 35:50 and Jeremy Ritcey of Sai Kung HK in 37:47. For the women the top of the podium went to Mary-Beth Jaillet of Moncton in 40:48 ahead of hometown girl Phyllis Daigle (49:16) and just 3 seconds later by Anna Bernard of Mazerolle Settlement in 49:19. The women’s 5-km went to Meg King of Mapledale in 25:59 chased closely by Maggie Dunlop of Upper Woodstock (26:36) and Melissa Fitzherbert of Red Rapids in 26:53. The men’s leader was Dawson Nancekievill of Somerville in 17:15 ahead of a dead heat between David Bates of Houlton and Tim Green of Florenceville in 20:34.
This week our Person on the Run goes to Denise Landry-Nadeau of Edmunston. Earlier this month she represented Canada at the ITU Long Course Triathlon Championships in Denmark. Then this past weekend she was the Co-Chair and participant in the very successful Tour of Hope Ride covering over 650-km. A great athlete who always gives back to her community. Merci Denise!
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.