On the Run (As Published in the Telegraph Journal Oct 27, 2021)

Dr Peter Jolly work on bridge over Taylor Brook

It is amazing how resilient the sports community has been through the Covid restrictions. Race Directors and participants deserve much credit for staying true to the Public Health guidelines while still finding ways for healthy physical activity to continue.

This past weekend it was another busy one in Miramichi with the Norm Brown Cross Country 5-km. The women’s leader and leader overall was Miramichi’s own Paula Keating in 20:14 followed by Kelsey Tucker of Fredericton in 24:00 and Kari Parsons of Saint John in 24:01. For the men, it was Gary Kenny (Tracadie) in top spots with a 21:08 just seconds ahead of Ralph Williston (Miramichi) in 21:23. Third place went to Raymond Cassie (Cap Lumiere) in 22:14.

In Quispamsis, the KV Road Runners hosted a new concept with a QR Code Run. Participants could run any time on Sunday by scanning a series of QR Codes with their phones over a 10-km course. Their times were automatically uploaded into the race results. This was a great way to avoid contact and keep social distancing while still having a race. The men were led by Brent Marr in 51:32 followed by Kevin Smith in 55:00 and Ross Campbell in 56:11. For the women Claire Driscoll topped the podium in 59:19, while Kari Parsons took second place (up a spot from her third the day before in Miramichi) in 1:00:13 and Gina Grant was third in 1:04:49.

Canicross races at the Res

If you were near Little River Reservoir in Saint John on Saturday, you certainly heard some barking. The PCDR Canicross Classic featured dogs and their human partners in Bikejoring (Dog pulling bike) and Canicross (Dog pulling human) racing. In the 3.1-km Bikejor it was Sarah Peel and Loki out front in 5:44 ahead of Yves Boudreau and Odin (6:30) and Krista Koval and Higgins (6:43). In the Canicross 3.1-km Sarah Peel teamed up with Chester this time for the win in 11:07. Second place went to Lisa McParland and Odin in 11:43 while third place went to Vicky Lamontagne in 12:21.

This weekend in Quispamsis it’s the Run for Renee Halloween edition. This is always a great event and throw some great costumes into the mix and you know you will have a great day. Get all the details at https://events.runnb.ca/event/october-run-for-renee-5k/468724/

Trail running and Mountain biking have seen unprecedented growth during the Covid pandemic. Races have been selling out and weekly trail runs have been setting records. None of this can happen without an infrastructure of trails being developed and maintained. By far most of these trails have been developed and maintained by volunteers. There is a saying that the true meaning of life is to plant trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit. Back in 2019 Peter Jolly had the insight to see the trails behind RNS were getting more and more used. At the then age of 81 Peter instigated for, designed, and helped build two beautiful bridges to make a safe crossing of Taylors Brook for hikers and trail runners for years to come. For his selfless dedication to this project Peter Jolly is this week’s Person on the Run.

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