On the Run April 25, 2018 (an expanded version of the column that appeared in today’s Telegraph Journal)

 

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Finally, things are warming up, just on time for a running season that is heating up quickly.  This weekend in Grande Digue it is the 15-km de Grande-Digue.  This event is so

popular they have had to set a cap of 350 entrants so be sure to register soon.  It is a very inclusive event with a 15-km run, a 15-km walk and a 5-km walk/run.  It isn’t unusual to see a former Olympian and a weekend jogger both out there doing their thing and this community based event. To learn more and to register go to https://www.events.runningroom.com/site/?raceId=14771

 

If you are in the Saint John area and looking to get involved in Trail running you might want to check out the 6 week learn to Trail run at River and Trail Outdoor.  This is a very popular program and it not only helps get you started in the sport, it introduces you to all the best running trails around the area.  You can learn more at https://www.facebook.com/events/188303485145618/

 

Last weekend a traditional spring run came up with a great new twist that was literally felt around the world.  The Brent Kelly 5-Miler added a new “virtual run” option that allowed participants anywhere in the world to participate where they are and receive a t-shirt and finishers medal.  So in addition to the runners at the Irving Nature Park remembering Brent through their run, 39 runners from Mount Uniacke to Friuli Italy, from Borden to Belgium, even on Caribbean Cruise ships completed 5-miles all to honour the late Brent Kelly and to help raise money to keep kids active in our community.  Six countries outside of Canada and six provinces within Canada were represented in the virtual run.

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The women’s race went to the very fast Erin Vringer of Saint John in 32:32 continuing her great running from last season.  Second went to Renee Embree of Saint John in 35:22 and third to Sue Teakles of Sussex Corner in 38:23. The men were led by Evan Arseneault of Quispamsis in 28:01 ahead of Dean Strowbridge of Saint John in 31:28 and Nikolay Ryabkov of Fredericton in 32:13.

 

Another new innovation this year was the Canicross event that has dog owners joined by their favourite pooch for a run.  These guys were amazingly fast and would have been right up front in the regular 5-Miler.  The women’s race was won by Sarah Peel of Hampton in 32:51 followed by Lisa McFarlane of Moncton in 34:28 and Amelie Aikman of Grand Bay-Westfield in 39:09.  For the men it was Ryan Mairead of Saint John in 52:48 ahead of Jadon Mellor of Hampton in 54:48 and Todd Fraser of Nauwegiwauk in 1:35:42. That is a very impressive day of racing for dogs and runners alike.  Congratulations to race director Marta Kelly on a great success around the world.

 

In Sussex another innovator was hard at work as Alex Coffin offered the Sussex Swim Run to kick off the Triathlon season.  The top man was Alexandre Boule of Saguenay in 28:34 followed by Martin Larose of Oromocto in 30:03 and Stephen Handel of Dieppe in 32:19. The women’s event went to Isabelle Turner of Oromocto in 36:17 followed by Frederick Morissette of Oromocto in 44:17 and Angelina Hermenier of Pearsonville in 47:38.  It was great to see a mix of ages and abilities out enjoying this event.

 

Last week our Person on the Run went to a very active Mom and this week it goes to a very active Dad.  Shane Dickie of Quispamsis is a triathlete, a Dad of three young children (including twin boys), works full time and often is organizing training sessions for active friends on the weekend.  This week he was 3rd in his age group at the Sussex Swim Run and is our Person on the Run.  Great job Shane.

Gotta run

 

 

On the Run April 18, 2018 (An expanded version of the column that appeared in today’s Telegraph Journal)

Spring just doesn’t seem to want to catch hold but that isn’t stopping the athletes from getting into the race season.

On Saturday in Sussex the triathletes get a great early opportunity to test their winter training with the Sussex Swim, Run and Bike.   This is a great way to ease into the season.  The swim will start things off and the athletes will transition directly into the run.  Then there is a small break after which athletes will reconvene for an optional bike portion.  There is also a speakers’ series following the activity to give athletes an opportunity to pick up some great tips before they get too deeply into the season.  For more information, go to https://www.sussextriathlon.org/

Also on Saturday in Saint John is the always popular Brent Kelly 5-Miler at the Irving Nature Park.  There couldn’t be a more beautiful location nor a more compelling cause than raising funds for Pro Kids in the name of the late Brent Kelly.  Brent was a young athlete taken too soon by a rare heart disease, he loved to train in the Irving Nature Park and during those tough hills on the back side you can almost feel him giving you a little push.  The start time is 9 a.m. and you can get all the details at https://events.runnb.ca/event/brent-kelly-memorial-5-miler/19980/

Also this month across the Province there is a new program called Walk or Run to Quit.  This program uses walking and running 10-week programs to help reduce smoking.  And it really works with reports of up to 50% of participants quitting in a six month follow up.  You can do a virtual program or join a group at your local Running Room.  To learn more go to https://www.runtoquit.com/register-run-to-quit-training-new-brunswick-p199627

Last weekend of course was the Boston Marathon and the weather was brutal.  As previously reported New Brunswick athletes certainly were up to Mother Nature’s challenge and our Province can once again be very proud of our athletes.

A couple of my favourite stories are about athletes showing grit, like Colin McQuade of Riverview running in memory of his late Mom just weeks after both she and her brother passed away only weeks apart.  Then pushing through the miserable weather to finish in 3:00:47. Or Paul Sands of Saint John still running great in his sixties and hit a 3:39:18 to qualify again for next year by over 30 minutes.  How about Brenda Guitard, the running legend, getting it done with that permanent smile.  But the story of the day for me comes from further back in the pack.  From a man who doesn’t spend much time at the back of the pack judging by his 12 straight Boston Marathons.  Steve Lohnes has been under the magic 3:00 barrier just a few years ago, but this year there were demons.  He was very sick on race day but was determined to not break his streak so he gutted out a very tough 5-and-a-half-hour marathon in driving rain.  Attacked from within by the flu bug, from without by the weather, but fortified in his character with the strength that would never let him quit, he got it done.  And that my friends is exactly what the Boston Marathon is all about.

Closer to home, the Run for Renee (R4R) had a clear crisp day for the first running of the season and judging by the number of personal best times the conditions were great.  We don’t have the hometowns for the participants but let’s check the women’s results first.  The top finisher was the amazing Erin Vringer in a quick 19:07 followed by Mary Bartlett in her first R4R in 21:21 and Kari Parsons just behind in 21:44. The men were very fast as Evan Arsenault led the way in 16:25 followed by Justin Young in 17:46 and Anderson Peters in 18:18.  It was great to see runners from the early teens to the late seventies enjoying this event.

This week our Person on the Run goes to Evan Doucet of Quispamsis for crushing Boston with a PB of 3:00:22 in the driving rain.  Evan is a great race organizer and can burn up a course as well.  Great work!

 

Gotta run

 

Daryl Steeves

Weekly Running Columnist

daryl_steeves@hotmail.com

www.feelinggoodnb.com

 

On the Run April 11, 2018(An expanded version of the column that appeared in today’s Telegraph Journal)

 

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There is still a chill in the air but the running season is warming up nicely.  This weekend we have action locally and of course the big event in Boston, the Boston Marathon.

 

 

This Sunday in Quispamsis it is the first Run for Renee of the season.  This monthly run is a tribute to Dean Strowbridge’s late Mom Renee and is in support of the Kidney Foundation.  It is a fast 5-km course that you can use as a yardstick for your progress through the season.  It is a very welcoming event that includes some amazing speedsters up front as well as the Sunday morning joggers and walkers at the back, all enjoying a great even

 

t for a great cause.  Start time is 10 a.m. at the corner of Gondola Point Road and Vincent Road.   You can register on-line at https://www.events.runningroom.com/site/?raceId=15031

On Monday, it is the granddaddy of them all, the Boston Marathon.  As usual, New Brunswick is sending a strong contingent of 41 great runners.  Just to qualify for the Boston Marathon is a major accomplishment, and to qualify with a fast enough time to be invited to the start line is even more of an accomplishment.  So every one of these runners is already a champion, but let’s look at the top 5 men and women who I’m picking for the fastest New Brunswick times.   For the women, the legendary Paula Keating from Miramichi will be hard to beat so I have her at number one, followed by Saint John’s Marcie Holland who just seems to get better and better every year.  Third spot goes to Annie Pellerin of Dieppe who has a great track record already and I think her best is still to come.  Fourth and fifth spots goes to a pair of Fredericton runners, Mary Kate Wedge as the youngest of the group is looking for a great experience and veteran Heather Suttie will build on her amazing experience.

 

For the men, it is a really tough call.  James Murphy of Saint John likely has the edge for first spot but the next four could be a toss-up.  I’m going with Daniel Leblanc of Dieppe in second spot, Greg Sawyer of Saint Jacques in third, Colin McQuade of Riverview in fourth and Remi Guitard of Moncton in fifth.  However, that could really get shaken up on race day.  Good luck to all.

 

Top 10 Male Picks:

#1 James Murphy (Saint John) young, strong, proven record… he will be very tough to beat

 

#2 Daniel Leblanc (Dieppe) Daniel has lots of experience and runs with a fast posse every week, he could hit one out of the park this year

#3 Greg Sawyer (Saint-Jacques) Greg is a great mix of experience and youth that could make him this year’s biggest surprise.

#4 Colin McQuade (Riverview) He is healthy, he is strong and has steadily built his experience, plus he runs with that fast posse of guys in the Moncton area, Colin is one to watch for sure this year.

 

#5 Remi Guitard (Moncton) another posse member with that nice mix of young legs and good experience. These top 5 guys will be fun to watch

#6 Greg McCann (Fredericton)

 

#7 Michael Mcneil (Riverview)

#8 Adam Douthwright (Fredericton)

#9 Jamie Wolverton (Hanwell)

#10 Mathieu Fortin (Caraquet)

 

Top 10 Female Picks

 

#1 Paula Keating (Miramichi) Even running as a 51 year old she is simply a force of nature

#2 Marcie Holland (Saint John) Marcie has been on a steady rise over the last few years and is at the perfect intersection of experience and youth to make a big performance

 

#3 Annie Pellerin (Dieppe) Annie has already done some great running but I think her best races are still ahead of her

#4 Mary Kate Wedge (Fredericton) one of the two youngest of our picks, she represents the future, Boston will be an experience builder for her but those young legs could produce some surprises

 

#5 Heather Suttie (Fredericton) a rock solid runner with a proven track record, I wouldn’t rule her out for even moving up a spot or two.

#6 Molly Mills (Moncton)

#7 Jessica Kennedy (Dieppe)

#8 Nathalie Theriault (Beresford)

 

#9 Brenda Guitard (Saint John)

#10 Diane Baxter (Moncton)

 

This past weekend, the Lorneville Loop had another great running led by a pair of Fredericton runners on the men’s side as Nick Larade took first place in 48:21 just ahead of Justin Young in 48:31.  Trevor Funk of Saint John kept them honest with a 49:03 finish.  The women were led by Kim Perry of Quispamsis in 1:01:47 followed by Susan Teakles of Sussex Corner in 1:03:46 and Suzanne Doucet of Saint John in 1:04:26.

In Miramichi it was the April 5-Miler with some great results as Moncton’s Grant Handrigan set a course record in 26:12 ahead of Remi Poitras (Moncton) 27:18 and Sylvain Arseneau (Petit-Rocher) 30:51.  The women were led by home town girl Amy Barrieau in 38:35 followed by Nathalie Waterburry (Miramichi) in 40:57 and Tanya Wood (Ludlow) in 42:28.

This week our Person on the Run is indeed on the run.  Kim Perry is a Nurse, a Mom of 5 great kids and as of this weekend the reigning women’s champion of the Lorneville Loop.  Great work Kim.

 

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On the Run April 4, 2018 (an expanded version of the column that appeared today in the Telegraph Journal)

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The Running Community is ready to start another great season

I think I have started every season saying it looks like the best one yet, and it really looks that way this season for endurance athletes in New Brunswick.  Whether you are a cyclist, triathlete, swimmer, hiker or runner there is something for you all this season.  The big guns are still shooting with the Fredericton Marathon celebrating 40 years next month, Rev 3 St Andrews Half Iron Triathlon in July, Marathon by the Sea in August and Legs for Literacy in October.  The series events like Run NB’s Super Series all around the Province, the Run for Renee monthly 5-km in Quispamsis, the Miramichi River Runners series, the Demi-marathon de l’Acadie monthly half marathon, the Fundy Sports and Tourism monthly Cycling Time Trials in Bloomfield are all back in action again this season.  Many of the perennials are back including events like the Lorneville Loop, the Brent Kelly 5-Miler, the Rave Run, the 40th edition of the St Andrews Father’s Day 5-Miler, the Rockwood by the Bay Triathlon in Saint John, the Miramichi Rock N Run, the Joe McGuire Road Race in Woodstock, the Chipman Summer Road Race, the Hampton 5-Miler, the 36th Fall Classic in Fredericton to name just a few.

There are also lots of new developments, some of the biggest around Trail Running.  A new provincial association is in the works for Trail Running and it looks like it will be a great platform for races such as the Herring Run, Hopewell Rocks 8-km, Romp in Rockwood Ultra, Rothesay Trail Fest, the Fundy Circuit Ultra, Mactaquac Trail Race and many more off road adventures.  We will keep you up to date as that association gets it legs over the next few weeks and months ahead.  There is a new ultra-distance event with the Little River Reservoir Ultra 52-km and 26-km coming up in August.  The Adventure Corridor Relay and Individual 54-km Ultra had a successful pilot last season and looks like you can count on it as a welcome regular fixture on the schedule.

The multisport athletes will be busy with a full schedule from Triathlon NB including the long standing Duncan Hadley Triathlon in Fredericton, the Chaleur Triathlon, Harvey Community Days Triathlon and Duathlon, the Sackville Triathlon, the Rockwood Triathlon Relays and many more.  There are also two events that are being rebranded this year in association with Canaqua Sports, the Sea Dogs Open Water Swim has added distances and joined with the Canaqua Sports series in hopes of becoming one of eastern Canada’s premier open water swimming events.  The Saint John SwimRun Challenge has also joined in with Canaqua Sports as part of their SwimRun Challenge series and will offer a great race in Rockwood Park.

So that is a taste of what we have to look forward to this season and it all starts now.  This Sunday the Lorneville Loop 13-km is ready to roll out the red carpet to the season.  Register now by going to the link below, you can register on race day but the event often sells out so I wouldn’t risk it.  Register here https://www.events.runningroom.com/applications/?raceId=14555&eventId=43400&vrindex=3

There was another great running of the Demi-Marathon de l’Acadie this past weekend despite less than ideal conditions.  But these guys are tough and had a great time.  The top ten runners were all under 1:43, an impressive run before the running season really gets rolling.  Here are the top 10 finishers…

1 Mathieu Fortin Caraquet NB M 30-39 1:29:22
2 Sebastien Poirier Tracadie NB M 30-39 1:34:59
3 Maurice Vienneau Halifax NS M 60-69 1:35:16
4 Suzanne Myers Moncton NB F 20-29 1:35:48
5 Patrick Hache Tracadie NB M 30-39 1:36:05
6 Louis -Philippe McGraw Moncton NB M 40-49 1:38:18
7 Marc-Andre McGraw Tracadie NB M 30-39 1:39:39
8 Nathalie Theriault-Roy Beresford NB F 30-39 1:39:59
9 Michel Robichaud Grand Barachois NB M 40-49 1:40:00
10 Karl Stoeterau Moncton NB M 30-39 1:42:15

Gotta Run

Daryl Steeves

Weekly Running Columnist

daryl_steeves@hotmail.com

www.feelinggoodnb.com

On the Run Sept 19 2017

 

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The great weather has almost lulled us into a sense that it is still summer, but make no mistake fall will be bringing some great running temperatures very soon.  This weekend the 35th Annual Fall Classic will attract runners to the beauty of a Fredericton Fall.  Always well known for the 10-km distance, the last few years have seen the addition of other distances

 

including 3-km, 5-km and even a half marathon.  This is a flat and fast course on the paved trails of the Capitol City.  The fun all starts at 8 a.m. on Sunday, but remember there is no race day registration so be sure to register at https://raceroster.com/events/2017/10356/35th-annual-breathing-space-yoga-fall-classic

 

Although it is too late to register for the Fundy Circuit it is not too late to plan a visit to Fundy National Park to check out this amazing event.  The main event is the 50-km Fundy Circuit Ultra through the tough bit beautiful trails of the Park.  There are shorter distance as well including a relay of the big trek, a 20-km race and a 10-km race as well.  You can learn more about this event at the link below.  Come out and learn why you should register early for next year!  https://raceroster.com/events/2017/11257/fundy-circuit-ultra-marathon

 

For the cyclists, Fredericton is Mecca this weekend with the Bike for Breath Gran Fondo going on Sunday.  There is a distance for everyone from the 25-km Breve Fondo all the way to the 165-km Century Fondo.  You can get all the details and register at https://raceroster.com/events/2017/11662/bike-for-breath-gran-fondo-2017

 

Other cyclists will be heading to Woolastook Park for the Grimcross Cyclocross Races on Sunday.  This sport just keeps growing.  Check it out at https://www.facebook.com/events/1781624858518849/?acontext=%7B%22ref%22%3A%223%22%2C%22ref_newsfeed_story_type%22%3A%22regular%22%2C%

 

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Last weekend athletes were busy at home and away with some great results.  At the Course Yvon LeBlanc in Saint-Antoine the 15-km event went to Tyler Turned of Oromocto in 59:37 just ahead of Paul Gallant of Memramcook in 59:59 and Chuck Dixon of Sackville in 1:02:03.  Moncton supplied all the women for the podium led by Rejeanne Belliveau in

 

1:21:37 followed by Noelle Boleyn in 1:25:28 and Alison Gallant in 1:31:51. The 5-km for women went to Isabelle Turner of Oromocto in 20:27 and Rock Francour of Moncton for the men in 20:14.

 

In Saint John

 

the Run for Renee went to Charles Smith on the men’s side in a time of 20:52.  Gail Dornan was the top woman in 24:43.  This was a special running of the Run for Renee in conjunction with the Kidney Foundation in Rockwood Park.  Next month the Run for Renee returns to the usual super-fast course in Quispamsis.

 

Many New Brunswick athletes were on the road this weekend and certainly left a mark all over the place with great performances.  Congratulations to all the athletes travelling to represent our local Clubs and our Province, all are worthy of our acknowledgment but here are a few very noteworthy performances.  Our triathletes were racing in Atlantic City Ironman

 

70.3 where Donna Trites of Fredericton placed 4th in her age group and 21st overall among women.  Others were at the Niagara Barrellman Rev 3 70.3 race where Catherine Savary of Bathurst was third in her age group in 5:13:19.  At the same race, Lee Roy capped a great season with a 4th place overall and 1st in his age group with a very fast 4:10:44 finish.

 

In Halifax at the Maritime Race Weekend the Marathon for men was a showdown between two great New Brunswick runners with James Murphy of Saint John with the win in 2:37:56 just ahead of Ryan O’Shea of New Maryland in 2:39:37. What a great race.

 

It doesn’t sto

 

p there, in Ottawa, New Brunswick athletes were making their mark at the Army Run along with 21,000 runners including the Prime Minister.  Amidst all the glamour, pomp and circumstance to this prestigious race, a small town girl from New Brunswick surged to the front of the half marathon in mid race and never gave it up. Sacha Hourihan of Southfield was the fastest woman in a time of 1:25:05 on a very hot course.  She a

 

lso won her age group of course and was 28th among all runners, male and female.  In the same race Paul Sands of Saint John took third place in his age division in a time of 1:42:55. When combined with his 5-km event (23:36) from earlier that day to make the Commanders Challenge, Paul was 2nd in his age group, what an amazing performance.

 

This week we could have 100 Person on the Run nominations but we will go with four.  Back in July of

 

2016 we noted these four and their amazing attitude as they too on the Canada Day 10-Miler in Grand Bay-Westfield.  Apparently they didn’t stop with running, this pa

 

st weekend these same four friends and athletes headed to Atlantic City to take on the Ironman 70.3 Triathlon.  Once again that same love of sport and joie-de-vive came through and the all for one and one for all attitude got them all to the finish line.  Congratulations Kerrie Luck, Pamela Queen, Shelley Gautreau and Kathy Berry-Cox on a great run and for showing us setting goals one after the other adds up to success.

 

Gotta Run

 

Daryl Steeves

Weekl

 

y Running Columnist

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ryl_steeves@hotmail.com

 

 

 

On the Run July 3 2017

On the Run

July 3, 2017

Schools out and races are in as we move into the dog days of summer.  The triathletes have a big weekend coming up with the introduction of Rev3 St Andrews.  This may be a new brand but the event is not brand-new.  It is put on by the same great people but now with a new affiliation that brings some exciting new philosophies and products to New Brunswick.  Everything is centered around the iconic Algonquin Hotel in St Andrews and all the fun starts Friday night with the Rev3 Glowrun 5-km  and 1-mile Fun Run.  On Saturday, there is a Free Swim Clinic and Warm-up Swim, and all-day Expo as well as a Kids Splash and Dash.  The main events are Sunday with a Half Distance Triathlon, Aquabike and Relay as well as a Sprint Triathlon.  With excellent organization, a beautiful course and lots of choice, this is the perfect place for triathletes this weekend, get all the details at http://rev3tri.com/standrews/

 

The runners have lots of choice this weekend including a super series race.  On Saturday, the Course George Gallant 10-km Race in Shediac will once again bring together some of the very fastest 10-km runners in a Super Series event.  In addition to the main event there is a 5-km, a 1-km (15 and under) and a 100M (6 and under).  This is always a great event and you can learn more at http://events.runnb.ca/event/course-george-gallant-10-km-race/14987/   On the same day in Centreville it is the Centreville Summerfest 150 5-km run/walk.  This summer classic has chosen to highlight Canada 150 this year and it is sure to be a great time.  Don’t wait too long, register today at http://events.runnb.ca/event/centreville-summerfest-150-5k-run-walk/14988/

 

Also on Saturday in St-Quentin it is the Course a pied with a 10-km main event and a 5-km and 1-km option for those looking for something shorter and faster.  This is a true community event and sure to be a good time, get all the details at http://events.runnb.ca/event/course-pied/17629/

Last weekend Grand Bay-Westfield once again hosted the Canada Day 10-Miler and it was a very fast affair.  Let’s start with the 5-km and the very fast Dean Strowbridge of Willow Grove continuing his come back with a first place finish in 17:31 followed by Ottawa’s Lukas Tymouski in 23:58 and hometown boy Chris Mason in 24:30.  For the women a pair of young speedsters led the way as Claire Oliver of Grand Bay-Westfield led the way in 22:04 ahead of Jillian Beck of Public Landing (22:53) and Maryro Mendez of Rothesay (23:34).  The 10-miler was also very fast with Sacha Hourihan of Southfield continuing to mow down races with an 8 minutes lead over the field in 1:02:24. Next were a pair of Saint John runners, Kristine Beaulieu (1:10:20) and Marcie Holland.  The men were equally impressive as Greg Sawyer of Edmundston was first in 56:55 followed by Daniel Leblanc of Dieppe (59:47) and Sylvain Arseneau of Petit-Rocher in 1:02:13.

Also on Canada Day in Collette Le 5-km du 150ieme went to Arthson Mureya of Moncton in 19:17 for the men and Anouk Pelletier of Moncton for the women in 19:39.

Open water swim season is also off to a good start with the Rez 750M swim on Monday in Saint John.  In the men’s division it was Zach Boulanger of Saint John leading the way in 11:16 followed by Shane Dickie of Quispamsis in 11:36 and JC Besner of Saint John in 11:40. The women’s event went to Shand Gormley of Saint John in 12:02 ahead of Beth Seamans of Quispamsis (12:58) and Haley Adams Green of Quispamsis (13:29).

This week our Person on the Run goes to Sacha Hourihan of Southfield.  This amazing runner is winning every race she enters and this week in Grand Bay-Westfield had an amazing 8-minute lead over the rest of the field of women and was only 11 seconds from overall third place.  Nothing intimidates this powerful runner yet she has a very unassuming demeanor and friendly disposition that belays her incredible ability.  Congratulations Sacha, keep up the great work.

Gotta Run

 

Daryl Steeves

Weekly Running Columnist

daryl_steeves@hotmail.com

On the Run June 12

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June 12, 2017

 

It is finally starting to feel like summer and the race scene is heating up.  Let’s get the ball rolling with the running events for this weekend.  There are certainly a lot of options around the Province this weekend.  On Saturday in Saint John you can run with the planes at the Saint John Airport 10-km and 5-km aka the Undie Run, show you care for cancer down there.  In addition to a great run, a fantastic cause and a unique experience, you will have a chance to two a pair of tickets to anywhere Air Canada flies in North America, including Hawaii, Mexico and the Caribbean.  To learn more go to https://raceroster.com/events/2017/11790/saint-john-airport-5k-10k-kids-fun-run

 

On the same day in St-Isidore the Course 10-km Rheal Hache is also serving up a 5-km and 10-km opportunity.  Prize money is available for the top 3 overall male and female runners and medals for the top 3 in each age group.  Check it out at https://raceroster.com/events/2017/10986/10km-rheal-hache

 

On Sunday, the St. Andrews Father’s Day Race celebrates its 39th year and is even bigger and better than ever before.  This year, the first 100 online entries will receive a St Andrews commemorative coin before they even start the 5-mile course through St Andrews.  There are also some great runs for the kids with a 200-m and 1-km option.  It is not too late to register at https://raceroster.com/events/2017/11708/39th-annual-st-andrews-fathers-day-race-2017

 

The triathletes are also busy this weekend starting with the Kids of Steel on Saturday at Killarney Lake in Fredericton.  Kids from 4-14 are invited to come and enjoy a great event with swimming, biking and running.  You can register the kids on-line at https://raceroster.com/events/2017/12977/ymca-fredericton-kids-of-steel-triathlon

 

The big kids will be busy the next day with the adult version of triathlon at the Duncan Hadley Triathlon/Duathlon.  This event has a tradition that goes back over 25 years and consistently draws over 200 participants each year.  The race features both Sprint and Olympic distance triathlons as well as a sprint duathlon, a relay, an Olympic Aquabike, a Try a Tri and even a Junior Sprint Triathlon.  Find all the details at https://raceroster.com/events/2017/11702/fredericton-duncan-hadley-triathlonduathlon-2017

 

Last weekend was jam packed with exciting events. In Fredericton the MAF Flyin’ Feet Five Miler had a fast winner in Fredericton’s Nicholas Larade who ran a 30:07 to lead the men ahead of Mike Davis of Fredericton (32:21) and Gary Simmonds of Morell PE (36:03).  For the women, hometown runner Patricia Kelly took the top of the podium in 38:59 and was flanked by Gabby Kozak of Hanwell (41:42) and Cheryl Rees of Waasis (42:07).

 

On the same day in Beresford at the 10-km Chaleur Banque National Jean-Marc Doiron of Moncton managed a very fast 33:48 to take first place ahead of Greg Sawyer of Edmunston in 34:02 and Sylvain Arseneau of Petit-Rocher in 36:07.  The women were led by Anouk Pelltier of Moncton in 40:52 followed by Kamylie Frenette of Dieppe in 42:10 and Sylvie Leblanc of Bathurst a mere second behind in 42:11.  The 5-km event for women went to Marie-Eve Ballard of Beresford in 21:01 and to another Beresford runner Alexi Cedric Roy for the men in 17:23. 

 

The River Valley Rave Run was crazy fast as Hampton’s Barry Britt was on fire with a 15:19 finish ahead of Grant Handrigan of Moncton in 15:58 and James MacLellan of Oromocto in 16:33.  Brenda Guitard of Saint John was the top woman in 21:13 followed by fellow Saint Johner Suzanne Doucet in 21:44 and Claire Oliver for Grand Bay in 22:15. 

 

At the Hampton Ladies Triathlon Josee Melanson of Shediac Cape took top spot in a time of 1:12:20 followed by Natalie Cormier of Memramcook in 1:16:55 just ahead of a fast charging Catherine Savary of Bathurst in 1:16:58. The duathlon went to Kristy Walker of Rothesay in 1:08:44 for top spot while second place went to Kerrie Luck of Quispamsis in 1:12:35 and Mandy Taylor of Breadalbane grabbed third in 1:13:43.  Rebecca Nichol of Saint John was the top in the Junior event in 53:21.  Team Wrong Direction (Sophia Noel, Sue Watson and Brittannie Watson) was the top team.

 

This week our Person on the Run is a rare one.  We have very seldom awarded the Person on the Run posthumously but this week and this year it seems particularly appropriate.   Earlier this spring we celebrated Katherine Switzer’s accomplishment as the first woman to run Boston.  This week we lost our own female pioneer runner, Gertrude Mooney.  Gertrude was a marathon runner before it was cool, before it was even allowed in many races.  She went on to run Boston, New York and many more marathons and half marathons as well as long distance hikes.  As a teacher, she was a great role model and for several years has been present at Marathon by the Sea to see the Gertrude Mooney Award given to the youngest woman to finish the marathon, Gertrude’s way of building the sport of marathon running for woman.  Gertrude was a low-key runner and many women enjoying marathoning and triathloning today may not know what they owe to Gertrude’s quiet determination but they stand on the shoulders of a giant.  Thank you Gertrude, rest in peace knowing “You have fought the good fight, you have finished the race, you have kept the faith.” and the running community is richer because of you.

 

 

Gotta run

 

Daryl Steeves

Weekly Running Columnist

daryl_steeves@hotmail.com

 

 

 

In the Hood…

I feel so fortunate to live in New Brunswick… I can see all the things below on a one hour bike ride from my house… I can have my kayak on my choice of three rivers, several lakes or the Bay all within a half hour or so… my wife can walk to work and I can drive to my work in 20 minutes… we have shops, a library, rinks, coffee shops, restaurants and more in walking distance.  In an hour I can be alone in the wilderness yet I am within minutes of a major Trauma Center and Heart Center.  We may be a “have not” province in some people’s minds but to me we have all that matters!

On the Run June 5 2017

On the Run

June 5, 2017

Another great weekend of endurance sport is lined up this weekend, it is like a buffet of physical activity is being served up for New Brunswickers.  Let’s start with the runners.  On Saturday, there are 3 great choices.  In Grand Bay-Westfield it is the 13th Annual River Valley Rave Run 5-km.  This is a very fast certified course with a great chance to PB.  The event is part of the Run Trackie Super Series and is always a popular event.  Get all the details at http://events.runnb.ca/event/13th-annual-river-valley-rave-run/14976/

On the same day in Fredericton check out the MAF Flyin’ Feet Five Miler.  The fun all starts at with the kids run at 9:30 and the main event at 10 a.m. at the Smythe Street Cathedral.   Odell Park is the setting so you know it will be a beautiful run, get all the details at https://raceroster.com/events/2017/9843/maf-flyin-feet-five-miler

Meanwhile in Beresford the 10-km Chaleur Banque Nationale is offering the 10-km main event along with a 5-km run and walk.  The registration takes place at Sportek Curling Club in Beresford with transportation available to the start line at Lingerie RSB in Petit Rocher for an 11 a.m. start. There is a Youth Series event and a great after party with spaghetti and draw prizes.  You can get all the details at http://events.runnb.ca/event/10-km-chaleur-banque-nationale-ckle/14978/

Tied upon Saturday, no problem, there is another great race on Sunday in Saint John.  The Rompin’ Rockwood 10/25/50-km Trail Race.  This is an amazing event in one of Canada’s largest urban parks.  The trails have been developing more and more each year and the venue is becoming a hotbed for trail runners.  You won’t want to miss this one.  Learn all about it at http://www.hackmatacktrailracing.com/rompin-rockwood-10k25k50k.html

The triathletes, at least the women, have a major event this weekend in Hampton.  The very popular Hampton Ladies Triathlon goes this Sunday and it is sure to be another big success.  This event is one of the most inspiring events you will ever see, the supportive comradery among participants is second to none.  Groups of friends, multi generation families, first time participants all make this a very special day.  The swim is in a heated pool, very nice while  the open water temperatures are still climbing, the ride goes through Hampton and returns for a beautiful trail run to finish.  There is still time to register at https://raceroster.com/events/2017/11271/hampton-ladies-triathlon-2017

Last weekend in Moncton the Moncton Duathlon had some great performances and no surprise, Lee Roy of Bathurst led the way for the men in 55:49 in the individual sprint Duathlon.  Second place went to Alex L’heureux of Hanwell in 58:13 and third to Stephen Handel of Dieppe in 1:00:33. For the women it was Fredericton’s Donna Trites picking up where she left off after last week’s Triathlon in Gagetown with another win in 1:09:55 followed by Erica Doucet of Dieppe (1:13:11) and Micheline Daigle of Moncton (1:13:33).  Congratulations to all the participant and to the organizers of this great race.

In Quispamsis the June running of the Run for Renee had some great performances, we don’t have the hometowns but we do have the results.  The men were led by Jeff Queen in 17:46 for his 4th all-time win followed by Jason Brown in 18:09 and Kevin Curnock in 18:30. The women were led by powerhouse Sacha Hourihan for her 9th all-time win in 17:49, her fastest yet.  Second place went to Erin Vringer in her fastest time yet of 19:07 and third to Marcie Holland in yet another fastest Run for Renee time of 20:23. It was a very fast month for the Run for Renee.

donna trites

This week our Person on the Run is Donna Trites of Fredericton.  This triathlete is consistently at the front of the pack and has a long history of success.  This season she has started off with two wins, one at the Gagetown Triathlon and then this week at the Moncton Duathlon.  That would be enough reason to make her our Person on the Run but it goes deeper than that, she is a role model for her kids, who are very active, and a big supporter of all those athletes out giving it a go at various events around the Province.  In the race, she is as tough a competitor as you can ask for but the rest of the time she is a positive upbeat supporter of every athlete in the event.  The impact of her energy and positive approach can be seen in her daughters and this past week Hannah and Emily helped FHS claim the provincial banner with Hannah placing 1st in the 1500M, Emily 3rd and both contributing to the 4 by 400M relay.  Nicole is already winning triathlons as a Kids of Steel participant.  What an easy choice for our Person on the Run, thank you Donna for reminding us how much a great athlete can impact their family and their community.

Gotta Run

 

Daryl Steeves

Weekly Running Columnist

daryl_steeves@hotmail.com