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!