Well, it has been a long time since I could say this, we have too many results for just one column this week. It is great to see so many races back in action. We will save the Run for Renee and the Demi-marathon de l’Acadie monthly races to report on next week, but for now let’s jump into the Fredericton Marathon weekend.
It all started Friday night with the 5-km, and the women’s race was an all-hometown girls podium with Julia Reid leading the way in 19:19 followed by Donna Trites in 21:22 and Jensen Thomas in 21:43. The men on the other hand were all “from away” as Vinton Gaskin of Oshawa took top spot in 18:49 followed by Emmett Knee of Saint John (20:10) and Thomas Holder of Bedford (20:19). This set the tone for Saturday’s men’s 10-km event where a long-standing race record was smashed by Alex Cyr of Wellington PEI in a very fast 31:27 beating the 2007 record by over a minute and a half, second place went to Dieppe’s Paul Gallant in 36:09 and third to Dean Strowbridge of Willow Grove in 36:19. The women were led by Lindsay Laltoo of Moncton in 41:38 ahead of Samantha Norris of Fredericton (44:44) and Samantha McMullin of Tusket (44:55). In a unique twist, there were 2 distinct half marathon races. In the same way the Olympics had their 2020 events in 2021 the 2020 version of the half marathon was held on Saturday in 2021. The women’s event went to Sarah Beairsto of Fredericton in 1:23:51 followed by Rayleen Hill of Dartmouth in 1:24:11 and Paula Keating of Miramichi in 1:24:59. It is interesting to note that 6 of the top ten runners overall were women. In the men’s event David Holder of Bedford led the way in 1:20:44 while second went to Jack MacDonald of Antigonish (1:24:53) and third to Danny Jardin of Moncton (1:25:14). The 2021 version of the half marathon went on Sunday and another race record was set by Colleen Wilson of Ancaster ON at 1:16:49 surpassing the 2012 record of 1:19:29. Second place went to Maura Wierczorek of Halifax (1:25:11) and third to Stephanie Seaward of Dartmouth (1:28:43). The men’s event went to Kieran McDonald of Halifax in 1:06:25 in a dead heat with Alex Neuffer of Stratford also 1:06:25 while third went to Mohamed Aagab of St. Leonard in 1:07:28. Like they say on those late night TV commercials, wait, there’s more. Another record fell in the full marathon as Stanley Chaisson of Charlottetown shaved 22 seconds off the 2019 record to finish in 2:29:29. Second place went to Dennis Mbelenzi of Halifax in 2:29:44 and third to Jonathan Walker of Halifax in 2:34:42. The top NB Male was Colin McQuade of Riverview in 2:44:31. In the women’s race it was Kalli Van Vulpen of Amherst leading the way in 2:57:30 in a dead heat with Meaghan Strum of Halifax in 2:57:30 and followed by Kamilla Pinter of Fredericton in 3:06:25.
This week our Person on the Run goes to Bruce McFarlane, Co-Director of the Fredericton Marathon and his entire team for pulling off this epic event at a time we needed it most. Thank you all.
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