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/
On the same day in Quispamsis check out the Quispamsis Elementary School Eagles 5-km. In addition to the 5-km there is a 1-km option and all proceeds go to support school sports. Join it by registering at https://events.runnb.ca/event/qes-eagles-5km-run-walk-and-1km-kids-fun-run/25021/
On Sunday all the action is off-road. The Mactaquac Trail Run has been sold out for a while but why not enjoy the foliage and drive to Mactaquac and check it out. Get all the details at https://raceroster.com/events/2018/14716/mactaquac-trail-race
In Miramichi it is the Miramichi Cross Country 5-km at the Miramichi Cross Country Ski Club. October on the Miramichi is nothing short of gorgeous and you will love this run. Check it out at https://events.runnb.ca/event/miramichi-cross-country-5km-670/28070/
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.
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