Blanchard Breaks National Record and other Highlights of province from this past weekend
October 25th, 2017

As Atlantic runners took to the Moncton streets for the 18th annual Legs For Literacy, a group of New Brunswick distance runners chased incredible times elsewhere in North America.

At the Baystate Marathon in Lowell, Maine, a group of New Brunswickers competed in both the full and half marathon events.

- Patty Blanchard finished 1st among women in the half marathon event and won the W60-69 age category with a time of 1:33:23. Not only is Patty's result a W60-69 New Brunswick record, but it also takes 35 seconds off the existing W60-64 Canadian record! Jean-Guy Gautreau of Dieppe was the top New Brunswicker, finishing with a time of 1:28:46 to finish 45th overall and 4th in his age category.

- Schelly Mackinnon of Fredericton was the top New Brunswicker in the marathon, finishing with a time of 3:3:28:06 to place 322nd overall and 13th in her age category. The top male was Marshall Buckley of Saint John with a time of 3:28:06, finishing 336th overall and 42nd in his age category.

A total of eighteen New Brunswick runners competed in the event. Three New Brunswickers achieved Boston Marathon qualifying times.

Full Results to the Baystate Marathon can be found here:

At the Toronto Waterfront Marathon, Paula Keating of Miramichi finished 8th among women in the half marathon event and won the W50-54 age category with a time of 1:27:12.

Full Results to the Toronto Waterfront Marathon can be found here:

"What incredible results to end off the Fall road race season," said Gabriel LeBlanc, Executive Director of Run New Brunswick. "It is great to see both Paula and Patty win their age categories at these prestigious race events, and to see Patty come home with a new national record is very exciting."
By: Brandon Scott LeBlanc