On the Run (As published in the Telegraph Journal Nov 10, 2021)

Jean-Marie Breau

There is certainly a nip in the air but fall running doesn’t get any better than the last few weeks. Despite Covid we had some great racing this week. Let’s start in Halifax with the Bluenose Marathon. The men’s winner was Dennis Mbelenzi of Halifax in an incredible 2:29:12. How fast is that? That is a 3:33/km pace for 42.2 kilometers, his pace would have made him 5th place in the 10-km and the winner of the half marathon. That is crazy fast. Second place went to Mark Brown of Porters Lake in 2:44:01 and third to Bradley Fiander of Waverly in 2:48:28. The women were led by Quinlin Hickey of Toronto in 3:02:48 followed by Michelle Brady of Guelph in 3:15:59 and breaking up the Ontario sweep was hometown runner Kristy Moore in 3:17:51.

The half marathon went to Melissa Hardy of Antigonish for the women in 1:21:26 ahead of Jessica Needham of Halifax (1:23:59) and Stephanie Seaward of Dartmouth (1:28:41). The men’s race was won by Alex Zheng of Halifax in 1:15:01 with Mathias Mueller of Lower Sackville in second with a 1:18:30 and Michael Peterson of Charlottetown third in 1:19:13. The 10-km winners were Rowan Doherty of Bedford in 33:02 for the men and Catherine Thompson of Halifax in 35:30 for the women (5th overall).  Mustafa Eisa Izzeldin of Halifax was the men’s 5-km winner in 15:50 and Abby Lewis of Beaver Bank was top women and third overall in 16:00.

In Tracadie it was the 409th running of the Demi-marathon de l’Acadie and it was a very special one as Jean-Marie Breau completed his 400th running of the monthly event. In the in-person version of the event, the women were led by Nathalie Teriault-Roy of Beresford in 1:46:10 followed by Louise Thibodeau of Beresford in 1:47:27 and Silvia Antuna of Tracadie in 1:57:15. In the men’s event it was Timmy Basque of Shippagan continuing his winning ways in 1:20:43 ahead of Alex Cowan of Tracadie (1:22:53) and Guillaume Blanchard of Caraquet (1:29:58). The virtual men’s winner was Jeff Queen of Saint John in 1:20:14 and the women’s winner was Nathalie Boivin of Bathurst in 1:43:42.

At the Canicross race in Moncton it was Charles Fullerton and Casey taking the won in the 4.6-km event in 15:57 while the Bikejor (Dog and bicycle rider) Lisa McParland and Odin led the way at the 4.6-km distance in 9:07. The sprint races (1.6-km) had Sarah Waford and Loki out front in 5:07 for Canicross and Yves Boudreau and Odin in 3:16 for the Bikejor.

This week our Person on the Run goes to Jean-Marie Breau, not only for his superhuman feat of 400 half marathons but for his amazing leadership as the President of the Demi-marathon de l’Acadie. Since the nineties he has worked tirelessly to grow this unique event to be another New Brunswick cultural landmark. Felicitations Jean-Marie.

Well, that wraps it up for another season of On the Run, a strange one indeed but a true testament to the dedication and resilience of our running community. Congratulations to everyone who kept lacing them up through these challenging times.

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