2016 Annual Report

2016 Report from the Chairperson of Run New Brunswick

Run New Brunswick is a nine-member committee of Athletics New Brunswick.  Since 2010 RunNB has employed a part-time Executive Director.  With the signing of a three-year services agreement with ANB in 2015, RunNB employs the services of Gabriel LeBlanc as Executive Director.  That services agreement will be subject to renewal at the end of 2017.

In 2016 your Chairperson organized and attended seven conference call meetings of the RunNB committee and attended four meetings of Athletics NB.  In addition I attended five meetings of the Board of Canadian Masters Athletics as a general board member.  Approximately 30 hours were expended in maintaining New Brunswick’s Superseries standings and in updating provincial Records.

Highlights from 2016

1. Our numbers continue to grow with approximately 120 races appearing on our online Calendar for 2016.

2. The New Brunswick Medical Society continued its annual financial assistance of $10,000 to support youth running in the “Small Strides – Healthy Lives” program.

3. We were excited and proud to see Patty Blanchard of Dieppe inducted into the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame in May, recognizing her accomplishments in road racing.

4. We produced and distributed a very comprehensive, 38-page Race Directors’ Guide to assist those who organize road racing events.

5. Our acquisition of a new gantry adds further presence to RunNB at events.

6.  Our annual Race Calendar Booklet was printed and distributed throughout the province, although there is momentum toward discontinuing the print version.

7. Five runners set ten age-group records in 2016:  Paula Keating (5), Laura Dickinson (2), Shelley Doucet, Marcelle Breau and Matt McNeil.

8. We operated on a budget of approximately $44,000 and expect to end 2016 with a small surplus.

9. Our Hall of Fame Banquet & Awards night in Quispamsis in November 2015 was again a success and a fitting finale for the year.

10. Gilles Gautreau and Darrel Travis were inducted into our Hall of Fame, which now has a total of 16 members.

Submitted by Robert Jackson, Chairperson |November 12, 2016