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The long weekend in May is the unofficial start of summer in New Brunswick and we have some great running events coming up to celebrate it. On Thursday there is another chance to get into the R.a.T. Race at Rockwood Park. It’s a low cost no frill night out with other runners (or walk/runners) and you can get all the details at https://events.runnb.ca/event/rockwood-r-a-t-races/22630/
On Saturday there are a couple of interesting options. In Saint John it is the Port City Beer Run starting at noon at the Diamond Jubilee Cruise Terminal. There are plenty of choices, so try a 3-km, 5-km or 10-km run then try the great beverages from over a dozen local suppliers. Get registered at https://raceroster.com/events/2018/15908/port-city-beer-run-2018
On the same day in Fredericton you can take off on the 2018 YFC Runway Run in Fredericton. This is a great event for the whole family, a great 5-km run on the runway but an even bigger event and fun day for the entire family. Check it all out at the following link and do your part to help support the Canadian Mental Health Association of New Brunswick. The details are at https://raceroster.com/events/2018/15908/port-city-beer-run-2018
On Sunday it’s Across Town for Crosswinds in Sussex. This family friendly event features everything from the 0.5-km Kids run to a fast half marathon with a 1-km, 5-km and 10-km in between. It is a great event in support of the Crosswinds Occupational Activity Center. Get all the information and register at https://raceroster.com/events/2018/15908/port-city-beer-run-2018
Last weekend the Run for Renee had some excitement in Quispamsis. Two men eclipsed the previous men’s record as Evan Arsenault went one second under with a 15:34 and Matt McNeil of Halifax (but a Saint John native) nailed a new record that will be hard to beat at 14:47. The women’s record also took a beating as the current record holder Sacha Hourihan did herself one better with a 17:35. Third place for the men went to Kevin Curnock in 17:32 while on the women’s side Claire Oliver was second in 21:24 and Suzanne Doucet third in 22:13. Overall 11 personal bests were set in that race, it shows how a fast front runner can pull the entire field to better performances.
At Hopewell Rocks the Hopewell Rocks 8-km Multi-Terrain Race had a record registration of over 200 runners and the results were great. In the men’s race Kevin Heppell of Charlo led the way in 39:23 ahead of Jason St-Onge of Moncton in 39:45 and Jeff MacPhee closely behind in third at 39:48. The women’s event was won by Maggie McClure of Halifax in 41:07 followed by Renee Embree of Saint John (41:48) and Melanie Hamill of Wellington (43:12).
At the Rompin Rockwood the 50-km went to Andrew Jarvais of Oromocto in 4:57:17 for top spot ahead of Eric Girard (5:32:48) and Joel Monsvelt(5:43:33). For women to Kelsey Hogan of Steady Brook NL in 6:09:24 followed by Krista Kierstead in 7:20:02. The 25-km was won by Eric Mauricette of Baileyville in 2:20:00 for the men ahead of Michel Poirier (2:25:57) and Trevor Nason (2:25:59). Marcie Holland of Saint John took top spot (2:45:20) for the women followed by Rosanna Lamb (3:00:58) and Sheryl Hiemstra(3:04:45).
Also in Rockwood, the R.a.T. Race had its’ second running and no surprise, Shelley Doucet led the way for the women (and overall) in 28:43 followed by her sister Marcie Holland in 37:29 and Sarah Holland in 47:35. The men were led by Shelley’s husband Evan Doucet in 33:15 ahead of Brian Head (34:49) and Brent Marr (34:49). Congratulations to all finishers, it is nice to see a weekly trail running opportunity in Rockwood.
This week our Person on the Run goes to Sacha Hourihan for once again setting a new record for the Run for Renee with a blistering 17:35 finish, great work.
Weekly Running Columnist
On the Run
May 14, 2018
Fasten your seatbelts, this long weekend has plenty of running action around the Province, especially for trail runners. The fun starts early with the Rockwood R.a.T. Race on Thursday at 6:30 (https://events.runnb.ca/event/rockwood-r-a-t-races/22629/ ) and rolls right into the weekend. On Sunday at Hopewell Rocks it’s the Hopewell Rocks Multi-terrain 8-km. This unique event includes road, trail and even the ocean floor. It is a challenging event but with more than enough beauty to make you forget the hard work. Check it out at https://raceroster.com/events/2018/15359/hopewell-rocks-multi-terrain-8k-race-2018
Also for the trail runners we have the Rompin Rockwood 10k, 25k and 50k Trail Ultra. This race has something for everyone and features one of the premier urban parks in the country. You can learn more and get registered at https://www.hackmatacktrailracing.com/rompin-rockwood-10k25k50k.html
For the road runners, there are also a couple of great opportunities. In Miramichi the Miramichi 10-km will be hosted by the Miramichi River Runners at 9 a.m. on Sunday. You can register on site for this long standing event that dates back to 1984. Get all the details at https://events.runnb.ca/event/miramichi-10km/20853/
Also on Sunday, in Quispamsis it is the May Run for Renee. This fun and fast course is certified and gives you a great opportunity to set a personal best or chase down an official record. Register now at https://events.runnb.ca/event/may-run-for-renee-5k/20500/
The big event last weekend was the Fredericton Marathon with record breaking performances to celebrate the 40th anniversary. The Marathon had a new record set by Jean-Marc Doiron of Moncton in 2:33:45 for first place, Oromocto’s James MacLellan also broke the old record finishing second in 2:34:15 and Ryan O’Shea of New Maryland finished the podium with a 2:48:56. The women’s winner defender her title from 2017. Heather O’Donnell slipped in under 3 hours with a 2:59:57
ahead of Emily James of Rothesay (3:02:11) and Maura Wierczorek of Halifax (3:10:07).
The women’s half marathon was a tight finish as Morgan Hawkes (Halifax) won in 1:31:31 ahead of Charlottetown’s Daun Lynch (1:31:42) and Jennie Orr of Halifax (1:32:07). The men’s event went to Lee Wesselius of River Glade in a new course record 1:11:09 followed by Richard Sukiennik of Bangor in 1:14:22 and Adam Kellar of Guelph in 1:16:57.
The 10-km saw another record fall as Shelley Doucet of Quispamsis ran an incredible 35:57 for top place among women and third place overall. Second place went to Rochelle Johnston of Moncton in 39:50 and third to Melanie Loveridge-Spinney of Hanwell in 40:57. For the men hometown boys took the top two spots as Lars Schwarz ran a 34:56 and Justin Young a personal best finish in 35:26. Third place went to Bryan Thomas of Nord Tetagouche in 36:49. The 5-km for men went to Francois Richard of Dieppe in 17:46, second place to Chuck Dixon of Sackville in 17:54 and Zachary Boulanger of Saint John was third in 18:02. In first place for the woman was Rebecca Dobson-Edge of Fredericton in 20:14 followed by a pair of young runners, Madeleine McLeod of New Maryland (20:31) and Claire Oliver of Grand Bay-Westfield (21:34). The 3-km event went to another hometown girl Kelsey Tucker in 12:06 for the women and Aaron Sellars of Moncton in 9:56. The one-miler was crazy fast with Emily Trites of Fredericton leading the way for women in 5:14 while Michael Colford of New Maryland was exactly a minute faster in 4:14.
This week our Person on the Run goes out to a guy on a long run indeed. This past weekend in his first 100-mile race Tim McDonough of Saint John took third place at the Riverlands 100 in Maine. Great work Tim.
Weekly Running Columnist
Finally, the sun is shining and the weather is warming up. It has been a tough week for people living along the mighty St. John River so maybe a bit of celebration is in order. In Fredericton this weekend it is the 40th anniversary of the Fredericton Marathon. This is truly an endurance event having faced down weather, floods and all the challenges of a huge public event. With another year of flooding challenges for the beautiful course that highlights the river, organizers are giving assurances they are ready for any contingency. You can choose your distance from 3-km to the full marathon as well as a number of options to double up by running two, or even three events over the weekend. For more information and to register go to http://frederictonmarathon.ca/index.php
For a slightly smaller event to celebrate Mother’s Day weekend, check out Les pionniers cours pour les meres/Les Pionniers run for Mothers 5-km. This event takes place at Ecole des Pionniers in Quispamsis on Saturday at 10 am. It is a fast course in a beautiful neighbourhood, perfect for a personal best run. You can learn more at https://events.runnb.ca/online-registration/event/les-pionniers-cours-pour-les-m-res-les-pionniers-run-for-mothers-5k/20392/
On Thursday night this week in Saint John an 8-week series of Thursday night runs begins in Rockwood Park. The Rockwood R.a.T. Race is a 6.5-km loop through the amazing trails of Rockwood Park. It is a great chance to gage your progress through the season by using this course as a benchmark. Every Thursday night for 8-weeks at 6:30. Get all the details at https://events.runnb.ca/event/rockwood-r-a-t-races/22214/
Last week in Memramcook it was the Demi Marathon Coeurs Chaud/Warm Hearts Half Marathon. In the half marathon it was super star Lee Roy of Bathurst leading the way in 1:17:23 ahead of Steve Handel of Dieppe (1:25:56) and Kevin Leblanc of Memramcook (1:27:12). The women’s half marathon went to Julie Belanger of Shediac in 1:53:09 while second place went to Guylaine Chiasson of Haute-Aboujagane in 2:09:54 and third to Riley Higdon of Saint John in 2:25:37.
In the 10-km event the women were led by Sophie Comeau of St Charles in 43:17 followed by Andrea Burris of Truro in 49:07 and hometown runner Kristen Gaudet grabbed third place in 51:24. The men’s winner was Colin Burris of Truro in 40:26, Michel Leger of Dieppe was second in 46:38 and Mathieu Landry of Grand Barachois was third in 47:41. Mixime Aube of Dieppe won the men’s 5-km in 21:26 while Monica Leblanc of Memramcook was the top woman in the 5-km with a 25:05 finish.
At the Demi-marathon de l’Acadie this past weekend, the always fast Mathieu Fortin of Caraquet was the fastest man in 1:24:49 followed by Jonathan Legault of Dieppe in 1:25:35 and Gary Kenny of Tracadie in 1:33:45. Nathalie Theriault-Roy of Beresford managed a PB for the women’s win in 1:36:12 ahead of Roxane Pelletier of Petit-Rocher in 1:36:22 and Nathalie Bovin of Bathurst in 1:36:39. .
This week our Person on the Run goes to one of our Trail runners. Trail running is really taking off in New Brunswick and this week a new 8-week series begins in Rockwood Park thanks to Marc Gallant. Great idea Marc, thank you.
Weekly Running Columnist
A great weekend ahead for New Brunswick runners. It all starts on Saturday in Memramcook with the Demi marathon Coeurs Chaud-Warm Hearts Half Marathon. This race has it all from kids races up through 5-km, 10-km and up to the half marathon distance. Everyone gets a finishers medal and 5-km, 10-km and half marathon finishers get a t-shirt. Learn more at https://raceroster.com/events/2018/15562/demi-marathon-coeurs-chauds-warm-hearts-half-marathon
The next day in Tracadie it’s the 367th running of the Demi-marathon de l’Acadie. This is truly a classic that every runner in New Brunswick should run at least once in their running career. Every month since way back in 1987 runners have braved cold winter storms and sweltering summer heat to keep up the tradition. It is clean and simple, one distance, one route, one great time. Register now at https://events.runnb.ca/event/367e-demi-marathon-de-lacadie/19602/
At the same time in Moncton, Un Phare dans la Nuit/A Beacon in the Night offers a 5-km on a closed course at the Moncton Stadium. A Beacon in the Night is also an awareness campaign hoping to demystify the prejudice around mental health issues. Get all the details at https://events.runnb.ca/event/un-phare-dans-la-nuit-a-beacon-in-the-night/22284/
Last weekend the big event was the 15-km Grande Digue. This is a race with a tradition of both inclusion and excellence so the winning times are always impressive. In the men’s 15-km the leader was Lee Wesselius of River Glade in 50:32 ahead of Alex Neuffer of Stratford PEI in 51:12 and Kyle Smith of Halifax in 52:30. The women were led by Sacha “The Beast” Hourihan of Southfield in 57:43 for a convincing win over a pair of Moncton runners who had a real race for second place, Rochelle Johnson (1:01:26) and Anouk Pelletier (1:01:48). At the 5-km distance the women’s event was won by Josianne Guay of Edmundston in 20:31 followed closely by Dartmouth’s Stacy Chestnutt in 20:43. Third place went to Sylvie Leblanc of North Tetagouche in 24:43. The men were led by Vince Leclair of Balmoral in 18:41 ahead of Maxime Aube of Dieppe (20:38) and Adam (last name missing from results) of Shediac River in 22:49. The 15-km walk for men was won by Pierre Godbout of Grand Digue in 2:16:17 ahead of Louie Richard of Moncton (2:41:59) and Alan Belleville of Shediac (2:42:29). The women’s 15-km walk was dominated by Dieppe walkers, Gisele Devarennes (2:07:57) Charline Richard (2:11:44) and Julie Richard (2:13:34).
One of the great programs of Run NB that we don’t report results on because of the philosophy of the program is the Small Strides, Healthy Lives running program for kids sponsored by the NB Medical Society. This program offers medals for all kids who participate in events offered in parallel with adult runs around the Province. Last week the 15-km Grand Digue and this weekend’s races A Beacon in the Night and Warm Hearts Half marathon all offer the Small Strides, Healthy Lives events for the kids. Kudos to the run organizers for including this very important program for kids.
This week our Person on the Run goes to an amazing man from Tracadie. Donald Wade is the race director of the Demi-Marathon de l’Acadie every month no matter the weather. But this past weekend he laced them up and took on the 5-km in Grand Digue. Another example of what makes our running community in New Brunswick so great. Merci Donald.
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.
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.
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!
Weekly Running Columnist
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.
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
Weekly Running Columnist
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%
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.
y Running Columnist
We had a great day, check it out in this video by the amazing Cat Smith Rothesay Trail Fest 2017