Welcome to Feeling Good NB. I hope you come back often to hear great things about our lovely Province. I am a proud New Brunswicker and with the exception of the First Nations, my family is one of the longest standing New Brunswick families dating back to 1766. We will talk a lot about physical activity and sport but hopefully much more than that, there is so much to do and see in NB!!
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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 weekend in Saint John the trail fun continues with River and Trail and Ales at Rockwood Park. This fun but challenging run offers both a 6-km and 12-km option and includes some of the beautiful trails the SJC Trail Miners have worked so hard developing. Register on-line at https://events.runnb.ca/online-registration/register/river-trail-ales/22684/ While we are talking trails, the cyclist will be very busy in Miramichi with 4 Hours of French Fort Cove. You can register and learn more at https://go.velo.nb.ca/events/2018vnb19/
If you like something less rugged and would like to contribute to a great cause check out the Tanya Shand Memorial Milk and Cookie Run in Quispamsis. This event remembers those who have lost their lives to domestic violence. But don’t expect a day of long faces, despite the absolute tragedy there is still a sense of hope and a need to remember these amazing women in a positive and upbeat event. Register now at https://events.runnb.ca/online-registration/event/tanya-shand-memorial-milk-and-cookie-run-4th-annual/24779/
On Sunday in grand Falls why not join the Harvest Run/Walk along the beautiful St. John River, learn more at https://events.runnb.ca/event/course-marche-des-r-coltes-harvest-run-walk/19064/
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.
Weekly Running Columnist
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 Bathurst the fast growing trail running trend continues with a 5-km and 10-km option (the 5-km includes walkers) on a beautiful course. If you haven’t been hitting the trails give it a try with this one at https://raceroster.com/events/2018/16877/2018-bathurst-10km-5km-trail-run
If you want to stay with the roads and would like a fast 5-km head to Miramichi for the Miramich Fall 5-km. Runners have been flocking to this one since 1984 in search of the elusive personal best. Give it a try at https://events.runnb.ca/event/miramichi-fall-5-km-race-667/20858/
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.
Weekly Running Columnist
This Sunday in Saint John the Little River Reservoir Ultra offers not only the main event 52-km Ultra marathon but also a 26-km, a 10-km and a 52-km relay. Check it out at https://raceroster.com/events/2018/15832/the-little-river-reservoir-ultra-52k-26k-foot-race
If you are looking for something a bit shorter (or a great warm up) try the Course Clarence Bastarache Rcae in Boutouche on Saturday. This great event was rained out last week and with such a beautiful course you don’t want to miss this second chance. Register now at https://raceroster.com/events/2018/19449/postponed-course-clarence-bastarache-race-2018
The triathletes will be busy in Sackville on Sunday at the Sackville Triathlon, get all the details at https://raceroster.com/events/2018/16915/sackville-triathlon-duathlon
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.
Put on your running shoes, there are lots of choices this weekend. On Saturday the Chipman Summer Road Race offers a 10-km Super Series race and a 5-km option. Check it out at https://events.runnb.ca/event/chipman-summer-road-race/20909/ On the same day in Bouctouche there is another 10-km Super Series run with a 5-km option at the Course Clarence Bastarache on a beautiful waterside course, learn more at https://events.runnb.ca/event/course-clarence-bastarache/21247/ Meanwhile in Dieppe the Goodies Ball Hockey Fun Run takes place with a 1-km, 5-km and 10-km option on those great trails. You can register at https://events.runnb.ca/event/goodies-ball-hockey-fun-run/24975/
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.
New Brunswick Day weekend is indeed a busy one for athletes. On Saturday in Lameque it’s the Defi 5-km de Lameque. This Super Series 5-km event gets underway at 10:30 and offers a very fast course and some great prize money. Learn more at https://events.runnb.ca/event/d-fi-5-km-de-lam-que/19803/ On the same day in Fredericton you can join the Fredericton Beer Run for 5-km or 12-km and of course some post-race beer. It is a rare afternoon start time at 3 pm check it out at https://events.runnb.ca/event/fredericton-beer-run/20277/
Further north in Edmunston the Brayon Cours offers a 5-km, 10-km and half marathon all in celebration of its 10th anniversary. Learn more and register at https://events.runnb.ca/event/brayon-cours/14871/
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 multisport crowd also have a busy weekend starting in Saint John with 2 events at the Little River Reservoir. The Sea Dogs Open Water Swim offers a 1-km, 3-km and 5-km race in your choice of traditional swim suit or wet suit. In conjunction with the swim is a new event the Saint John SwimRun Challenge. This fast growing sport sees athletes completing multiple segments of swimming and running alone or on a team of two. All the swim gear and run gear must be with the athlete at all times calling for lots of strategic thinking. Check it out at https://raceroster.com/events/2018/16044/sea-dogs-open-water-swim-and-saint-john-swimrun-challenge-2018-in-partnership-with-canaqua-sports
On Sunday a brand new Triathlon kicks off at Plage Aboiteau Beach Triathlon. This is one of our few salt water triathlons and is shaping up to be a great New Brunswick Day tradition. The event is sold out but why not head over, watch the race and enjoy a day at the beach? All you need to know is at https://raceroster.com/events/2018/18565/home-hardware-plage-aboiteau-beach-triathlon
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!
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.
Weekly Running Columnist
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.
Weekly Running Columnist
Warning, a wild weekend is ahead. This Saturday in St-Isidore the 10-km Rheal Hache serves up another great 10-km and 5-km event like it has since way back in 1982. The 10-km is a Super Series race and you can get all the details at https://events.runnb.ca/event/10km-rheal-hache-st-isidore/20862/
On the same day in Sussex you can feel all the love of Ellen’s Tour de Sussex Gran Fondo cycling event, preserving the memory of cyclist Ellen Watters. As Ellen used to say “This time let’s be EPIC”. https://raceroster.com/events/2018/15932/ellens-tour-de-sussex-2018
The following day the memories of our fallen heroes continues in Moncton with the Three Fathers Memorial Run, in memory of the three RCMP officers tragically lost in the line of duty. Every member of the family can join in and the distances range from 3-km to 10-km so be sure to check it out at http://www.threefathersmemorial.ca/race-information/
Another great Father’s Day event is celebrating its 40th anniversary on Sunday in St Andrews. The St Andrews Father’s Day 5-miler is a spring tradition for New Brunswick runners and this 40th running is sure to be another big success. You can register at https://events.runnb.ca/event/40th-edition-st-andrews-fathers-day-5-miler/19374/
In Oromocto on Sunday there is a brand new event and it is actually free. The Stay Active Oromocto 5-km is a family oriented event in support of Mental Health Awareness. Learn more at https://events.runnb.ca/event/stay-active-oromocto-5k/20453/
The triathletes will be busy in Fredericton at the Duncan Hadley Triathlon and Duathlon. This is one of our longest standing triathlons and always has lots to over every member of the multisport community. The spirit of the late Dr Duncan Hadley is always pervasive in this event and his ready smile and amazingly curious mind would love to see so many people enjoying sport in his name. Get all the details of this event at http://www.duncanhadleytriathlon.ca/ there is a race for you, from Try-a-Tri to the Olympic Distance Triathlon and everything in between.
Last weekend in Beresford the 10-km Chaleur Banque Nationale had some very fast times as Bryan Thomas of Nord Tetagouche was the man’s winner in 33:52 ahead of Mathieu Morrison of Bathurst (34:00) and Greg Sawyer of Edmunston (34:46). Emily Hamilton of Halifax was the top woman in 38:51 for the 10-km followed by two Moncton runners, Mary-Beth Jaillet (40:51) and Anouk Pelletier (41:05). The 5-km was won by May Linda Boudreau of Dunlop in 24:02 ahead of Kassy Leger of Ste Louise in 24:14 and Fanie Boudreau of Petit-Rocher in 24:18. Jeremie Roy of Alcida led the men in 17:50 followed by Cedric Hache of Ste-Rosette in 18:54 and Raymond Caissie of Richibouctou Village in 19:34 (pretty fast for a man from the over 70 age group). Meanwhile in Fredericton the MAF Flyin Feet 5-Miler went to hometown runners Lars Schwarz (29:34) and Patricia Kelly (37:21).
In Hampton at the Hampton Ladies Triathlon the Sprint Triathlon went to Eryn Weldon of Moncton in 1:15:21 followed by Carlie Lemoine of Hampton in 1:16:28 and Michaela Kearns of Lower Coverdale in 1:17:26. The Duathlon was won by Rebecca Dolson of Richibucto Road in 1:03:47 ahead of Kim Perry of Quispamsis in 1:12:27 and Kerrie Luck of Quispamsis in 1:13:05. Florence Levesque of Dieppe was the top Junior in 46:59. Congratulations to the organizers, this was the largest women’s triathlon ever held in Atlantic Canada.
This week our Person on the Run goes to a Grandmother and Mother who completed the Hampton Triathlon the day after the grandchildren completed the Splash and Dash. Sue Delong and daughter Robyn McKinnon are true role models for their kids and for the community showing physical activity is for us all.
Weekly Running Columnist
This weekend the largest women’s triathlon in Atlantic Canada takes place in Hampton. The Hampton Ladies Triathlon takes place Sunday in support of the KV Domestic Violence Outreach. This is always an emotional uplifting event, check it out at https://raceroster.com/events/2018/15548/erdinger-alkoholfrei-hampton-ladies-triathlon-duathlon-2018
The runners start rolling Saturday with the MAF Flyin Feet Five Miler in Fredericton. This event highlights the beautiful, and challenging Odell Park in the heart of the Capital City. Learn more at https://events.runnb.ca/event/maf-flyin-feet-five-miler/20403/
On the same day in Oromocto the Army 10-km offers a 5-km and 1-km in addition to the signature event. One of the few cross country courses on the schedule it has been a popular stop for runners since 2005. Read all the details and register at https://events.runnb.ca/event/army-10k/22054/
Further north on Saturday the 10-km Chaleur Banque Nationale has a 5-km and 10-km option lined up for your running pleasure. All the fun starts at 11 a.m. and features a rich history with records held by no less than Joel Bourgeois (29:35) and Patty Blanchard (35:49) at the 10-km distance. Read more at https://events.runnb.ca/event/10-km-chaleur-banque-nationale-ckle/20793/
On Sunday in the Miramichi it’s the June 5-km on a very fast course. The Miramichi River Runners have a tradition of excellence and this is sure to be another great event. Learn more at https://events.runnb.ca/event/10-km-chaleur-banque-nationale-ckle/20793/
Last weekend in Moncton the Duathlon was a cold windy affair but there were some red hot performances. In the men’s event Cedric Boily of Moncton led the way in 56:15 ahead of Lee Roy of Bathurst (58:00) and Alexandre L’Heureux of Hanwell (59:36). For the women it was Donna Trites of Fredericton in 1:08:57 followed by Erica Doucet in 1:11:14 and up and comer Carol-Ann MacDonald of Notre-Dame in 1:12:06. All these great female athletes were also age group winners. Congratulations to all finishers for taking on a tough day.
In Grand Bay-Westfield the Rave Run was the Provincial 5-km championships. The men’s champion is Fredericton’s Justin Young in 17:28 followed by Roy Clavette of Oromocto (19:51) and Marcel Comeau of Moncton (20:19). The women’s champ is Sacha Hourihan of Southfield in 18:14 followed by Sue Teakles of Sussex Corner in 22:01 and Nadine Jackson of Beaver Harbour in 22:12.
At the Running Start Community Race in Fredericton the 3-km event went to Connor Whitman of Maugerville (16:52) and Gracie Kaley of Hanwell (13:53). The 5-km event was won by Chris Bangay of Fredericton in 22:00 for the men and Jensen Thomas in 23:10 for the women. Chrystal Allen of New Maryland took the women’s 10-km in 54:50 while the men’s event went to Darryl Johnstone of Fredericton in 43:23.
Further afield, Chris Watson formerly of Rothesay was a late entry into Ironman Lanzarote in Canarias Spain, but still managed an amazing 11:08:45 finish and 188th place out of 1594 athletes from around the world.
This week our Person on the Run goes to Zach Boulanger. At the Moncton duathlon, after a great first run in 5th position, he had 2 flats on the bike and had to run barefoot carrying his bike into transition. However, never giving up, he took off on the second run and managed 4th place in that segment. That is true grit.
Weekly Running Columnist
Hey runners, if you can’t find a run for this weekend you aren’t trying hard enough, it is action packed. On Saturday in Grand Bay-Westfield the River Valley Rave Run offers up a flat and fast 5-km as the Provincial Championships. This is the 14th running of the Rave Run and it has a history of amazing performances so register today at https://events.runnb.ca/event/14th-annual-river-valley-rave-run/14731/
On the same day Moncton is hosting the 2nd Annual Crossman Invitational Mile https://events.runnb.ca/event/2nd-annual-crossman-invitational-open-mile/20219/ and the Fisher Cats 5-km Fun Run https://events.runnb.ca/event/2nd-annual-crossman-invitational-open-mile/20219/ perfect for the whole family. In Fredericton it is the Running Start Community Race with race distances from 1-km to 10-km all enjoying the beautiful trail system in the Capital City, check it out at https://events.runnb.ca/event/2nd-annual-crossman-invitational-open-mile/20219/
The fun isn’t over yet and we are still on Saturday. In Quispamsis it’s the Valley Christian Academy’s 3rd Annual Family Fun Run with a 1-km and 5-km option. Learn more and register at https://events.runnb.ca/event/2nd-annual-crossman-invitational-open-mile/20219/
On Sunday in Tracadie the 368th running of the Demi-marathon de l’Acadie is hoping to finally have a snow free event. This monthly event has braved rain, snow, wind and more so let’s hope for a sunny Sunday this month, get all the details at https://events.runnb.ca/event/368e-demi-marathon-de-lacadie/19962/ Meanwhile back in Moncton it is the Greater Moncton Running Club’s Nickle and Dime 5-km Race. This is an initial offering from the Club and looks to have some real potential. Learn all about it at https://events.runnb.ca/event/gmrc-nickle-and-dime-5km-race/23664/
On Thursday the R.a.T. Race continues at Rockwood Park in Saint John. This weekly trail run series has been very popular and highlights some of the great trails of one of Canada’s largest urban parks. Get the details at https://events.runnb.ca/event/gmrc-nickle-and-dime-5km-race/23664/
Beginning June 4th in Saint John the Little River Reservoir Runners come into existence as a “running club for everyone” and they really mean it. Get the details at https://www.facebook.com/LittleRiverReservoirRunners/
Last weekend records fell like trees at the Cross Town for Crosswinds in Sussex. In the 5-km new records were set for both men and women as Bryan Thomas bettered his own record with a 16:45 while Mary-Beth Jaillet set a new women’s record at 20:59. At 10-km Sacha Hourihan beat her own record with a 36:58. In the half marathon Trevor Funk set a new men’s mark at 1:17:12 while Adrienne Fullerton eclipsed her own record with a 1:39:15. Second place in the men’s half marathon went to Liam Funk of Saint John in 1:35:59 and third to Pat O’Brien of Moncton in 1:37:55. For the women second place went to Kalyn Sharma of Picadilly in 1:47:09 and third to Julie Brown of Quispamsis in 1:48:38. An amazing day of racing.
In Fredericton at the Runway 5K Run the men were led by Fredericton’s Nikolay Ryabkov in 18:16 followed by Donald Evans of Oromocto in 18:33 and Tim Weibe of New Maryland in 19:24. Rebecca Dolson of Richibucto Road was the top woman in 19:34 followed by Fredericton runners Donna Trites (21:12) and Kelsey Tucker (21:23).
The third running of the R.a.T.Race in Saint John was a family affair as Shelley Doucet of Quispamsis (29:09) and husband Evan Doucet (29:50) were the top male and female runners on a tough trail run in Rockwood Park. Glenn Trites was the second male in 30:34 followed by Brent Marr in 35:13. Marcie Holland took the silver spot for women in 37:47 followed by Sarah Holland in 44:18.
This week our Person on the Run is a Team on the Run with a pretty impressive record at the Cabot Trail Relay. The Fredericton Trailmasters have won 4 out of 5 years as a team including this year’s version. Congratulations on another great year.
Weekly Running Columnist