Joe McGuire

Name: Joseph (Joe) Harold McGuire
Hometown: Woodstock, NB
Residence: Woodstock, NB
Birthdate: December 26, 1943
Inducted into the RunNB Hall of Fame: November 2009

The Woodstock, NB native was a distinguished distance runner between the year 1977 and 1998 best known as New Brunswick's current record holder for fastest marathon time of 2:27:51.

Joe grew up and lives in Woodstock, NB with his wife Ginette (ne Caissie). They raised two sons, Shawn (1971) and Trevor (1972). Joe studied at St. Thomas University in Fredericton from 1963-1967. After university, Joe returned to his hometown where he began teaching at Woodstock High School. During his career as a teacher, Joe was also very active in coaching sports such as soccer, basketball, hockey and baseball.

Joe started running in 1977 to lose weight and improve his cardio-vascular level. At that time, he could not run a mile and was conscious of people seeing him, so he ran in the evenings at the golf course when it was dark. In the late 70's and early 80's, Joe was running on a regular basis and was averaging about 50 miles per week, with every run being under a 6 minutes per mile pace. From 1984 and throughout the next few years, Joe was averaging over 3,000 miles a year on the road. On two occasions Joe ran two races in one day and in both cases he won the first race overall and placed 2nd in the second one, but won the master's category. In 1984 he ran the Loyalists Days Half-Marathon then drove to Shippagan to run a 10KM race at 5PM. He changed in the car as they raced to Shippagan and arrived at the starting line as the gun went, but was unable to win the race overall (as he did the previous year) but placed 3rd. In conclusion, Joe has competed in over 200 road races and has never failed to finish them all and in his years as a master, he has never lost a race in eastern Canada or the New England States. He has won five national titles in the five races.

Awards and Distinctions

  • June 1962 - Athlete of the year at Woodstock High School
  • Oct 1983 - Winner of the RunNB SuperSeries
  • Oct 1984 - Win Halifax Marathon and establish NB Record (2:27:51)
  • July 1986 - Inaugural Joe McGuire Road Race
  • April 1985 - First Masters Finisher at the Boston Marathon
  • 1988 - Celebration 88 Awards Program - Male Athlete
  • Nov 1995 - Woodstock Sport Hall of Fame
  • Nov 2009 - Inducted into the RunNB Hall of Fame

Personal Road Records

Distance Chrono Event City Date
5K 15:08 Houlton 5K Houlton ME May 1985
8K 24:31* Houlton ME July 4, 198?
10K 31:26 Legend's 10km Bangor ME Oct 16, 1988
10K 31:44 Fall Classic Fredericton NB Sep 20, 1986
10K 31:47 George Gallant Shediac NB July 13, 1985
10K Mile 54:16 Bucksport 10 Miler Bucksport ME June 25, 1988
20K 1:06:45 Perfection 20K Moncton NB Sep 1983
21.1K 1:08:30 Edmundston NB July 24, 1984
21.1K 1:08:40 Presque Isle ME June 15, 1985
Full 2:27:51 Halifax Marathon Halifax NS Oct 1984

* Canadian Masters records at the time

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Marathons

# Date Marathon City Age Chrono Position
1 April 1979 Heart Marathon Fredericton NB 35 2:52:?? 2
2 April 1980 Heart Marathon Fredericton NB 36 2:44:?? 1
3 Oct 1980 Oromocto Marathon Oromocto NB 36 2:??:?? 1
4 April 1981 Boston Marathon Boston MA 37 2:38:?? ?
5 July 1981 Loyalist Marathon Saint John NB 37 2:42:?? 1
6 Oct 1981 Atlantic Marathon Oromocto NB 37 2:3?:?? 1
7 April 1982 Heart Marathon Fredericton NB 38 2:41:?? 1
8 April 1982 Boston Marathon Boston MA 38 2:35:?? ?
9 Oct 1982 Atlantic Marathon Oromocto NB 38 2:3?:?? 1
10 April 1983 Boston Marathon Boston MA 39 2:34:?? 460
11 Oct 1983 Atlantic Marathon Oromocto NB 39 2:3?:?? 1
12 Oct 1983 New York Marathon New York NY 39 2:36:26 311
13 April 1984 Boston Marathon Boston MA 40 2:37:?? 22 (Masters)
14 May 1984 Ottawa Capital Marathon Ottawa ON 40 2:35:?? 44
15 July 1984 K of C Bicentennial Woodstock NB 40 2:32:?? 1
16 Oct 1984 Halifax Marathon Halifax NS 40 2:27:51* 1
17 April 1985 Boston Marathon Boston MA 41 2:29:34 1 (Masters)
18 May 1985 Maine Coast Marathon Kennebunkport MA 41 2:30:?? 4
19 Oct 1985 New York Marathon New York NY 41 2:36:38 7 (Masters)
20 April 1986 Heart Marathon Fredericton NB 42 2:32:?? 1
21 April 1986 Boston Marathon Boston MA 42 2:30:48 8 (Masters)
22 June 1986 Johnny Miles New Glasgow NS 42 2:30:?? 1 (Masters)
23 Sept 1986 Montreal Marathon Montreal QC 42 2:29:?? 21
24 Nov 1986 New York Marathon New York NY 42 2:35:49 14
25 April 1987 Heart Marathon Fredericton NB 43 2:42:?? 1
26 April 1987 Boston Marathon Boston MA 43 2:32:?? 7 (Masters)
27 June 1987 Moncton Marathon Moncton NB 43 2:32:?? 1
28 April 1988 Boston Marathon Boston MA 44 2:31:?? 11 (Masters)
29 Oct 1988 Halifax Marathon Halifax NS 44 2:32:50 2
30 April 1989 Boston Marathon Boston MA 45 2:38:?? 18
31 May 1989 Hamilton Marathon Hamilton ON 45 2:36:?? 2 (Masters)
32 Oct 1989 Pine Tree Marathon Waterville ME 45 2:32:?? 1
33 April 1990 Boston Marathon Boston MA 46 2:34:?? 13 (Masters)
34 Oct 1990 Halifax Marathon Halifax NS 46 2:38:?? 2
35 Oct 1990 Chicago Marathon Chicago IL 46 2:48:?? 5 (Masters)
36 April 1991 Boston Marathon Boston MA 47 2:35:51 16 (Masters)

* Personal Best / Prov Record
** Born: December 26, 1943