Paul Morrison

Paul is the 12th child in a family of 13, a native of Beresford. In the early 80s, he started his own family in the region of Petit-Rocher and had two children, and Véronique and Mathieu. Paul worked at the Brunswick mine from the 80s up to its closure in 2012. Since then he is working at Raglan in Nunavik where he was transferred to another mine within the same company (Glencore).

During his youth, Paul was the only one of his family who played sports. He practiced baseball and hockey. In his twenties, he began practicing endurance sports. He participated in fifteen crossings of the Bay of Chaleur in the rowers Festival of Petit-Rocher from 1980 to 1995. He only achieved a victory in 1991. Paul and his team have always been a very competitive team. Following these crossings, Paul participated behind the scenes to organize the crossing as a volunteer for some years. At this time, Paul questioned himself to know what sport he could practice in which he alone would be responsible for his workouts and performance.

In 1989, he began running with Mario Boudreau, his rowing teammate, friend and colleague. A sport to which they quickly got hooked. At first, running did not have the same level of popularity than it has today, Paul took advantage of advice from people such as Henri Fournier and thereafter he met Junior Bourque who was present as a friend and coach throughout his racing career.

For over 10 years, Paul was active in the organization of 10 km Chaleur either by recruiting volunteers, solliciting prizes for the event with companies, contact the elite runners from other regions; basically in organizing the logistics of the event with a team of people involved who were able to grow the popularity of this race and come year after year looking for new people for the sport.

The investment, discipline and passion that Paul was dedicating to running had a positive influence in his surroundings and we could even see at some point his whole family to indulge in this sport.

During his career, Paul participated in many races of 10km, half-marathon and marathon across New Brunswick, Canada and the US until 1998. He unfortunately suffered an injury in 1997 that slowed his pace and drive and forced him to stop competing.

Here are the most significant races of his career:

  • 1994, 10km St-Isidor, time: 32 minutes (personal best)
  • 1994, 10km Chaleur, time: 33 minutes (1st place)
  • Half-Marathon (21.1km)

Photos

Marathons

Several victories in the Acadie Half-Marathon.

Year Event Chrono
1995-2011 Acadie Half-Marathon 1h12 (record holder)
1996 St John Half-Marathon 1h14 (record holder for many years)
1992 Fredericton Marathon 3h05 (1st marathon - 32 participants)
1992 New-York Marathon 2h56 (2nd marathon - 27,000 participants)
1993 Boston Marathon 2h56
1993 Montreal Marathon 2h41 (8th place)
1994 Charlo Marathon 2h39 (1st place)
1994 Montreal Marathon 2h33 (12th place)
1995 Montreal Marathon 2h34 (16th place)
1996 Walt-Disney Marathon 2h40 (12th place - 1st Canadian)
1996 100th Edition Boston Marathon 2h35 (186th place out of 38,708 participants)
1998 Quebec Marathon 2h39 (12th place)