For the third year, RunNB present a Crystal Ball of how 60 New Brunswickers participating in the historical Boston Marathon will fair. One change in this years Predictions is Daryl Steeves will join Hans replacing Gilles who'll be running his fist Boston.
The intent of the predictions is purely for amusement purposes and a fun way to add interest for anyone participating or watching the Boston Marathon. Hans & Daryl don't want to undermine or put pressure on anyone. In fact, we personally hope the ones that have been overlooked will prove them wrong and the ones rated highly will meet the challenge.
Hans lives in the Moncton area and Daryl lives and run/coach in the Saint John area. Thus their predictions could be biased by their knowledge of the runners in their areas. We invite someone from Fredericton , Northern NB and/or someone with knowlege of our female runners .
Hans and Daryl wish everyone the best of luck in Boston.
The 2006 edition of The Boston Marathon will see the largest contingent of NB'ers participating in history. Some 60 runners qualified in various marathons for the chance to get to the starting line in Hopkington on April 17 th . In keeping with the tradition established in the past few years, the following are my Boston Picks for 2006.
1. Gilles Gautreau - This veteran runner is in a class by himself in terms of running excellence over the years. Considering Gilles' age, you realize what a tremendous athlete he is to be competing at the top levels for so long. If Gilles has any shortcomings it is a relative lack of experience at the marathon distance, this will be only his third marathon overall. Nevertheless, I would have to give Gilles the nod as the number one pick this year.
2. Jacques Gautreau - Jacques has been training very hard and his work ethic has been paying huge dividends in terms of faster times and improved fitness. If older brother Gilles falters in any way, look for Jacques to claim the number one spot. Jacques is an experienced marathoner as well as a Boston veteran. These factors as well as younger legs could make for a breakthrough victory over big brother.
3. Taylor Gray - I don't know much about this runner but he ran an outstanding qualifying time of 2:53 in Toronto . He should do well.
4. Michael Coyne. Like a fine wine, Michael keeps improving with age. This St. Stephen native and Newfoundland resident, has been proving that Father Time need not exact a toll from all runners. Michael has been on sabbatical in Florida this year and his training has benefited from the Florida sunshine versus a St.John's winter. His last three marathons have all been under 3 hours, culminating in a 2:55 at the Walt Disney marathon in January. He usually runs negative splits in his marathons so I look for a great run in Boston .
5. Todd Price - From all reports, Todd is putting in lots of quality miles. He is dedicated and looking to improve on a 3:00 in Boston last year. Experience should help him.
6. Jean-Guy Gautreau - Jean-Guy is in the best shape of his life. His will-power is legendary, and he thrives in conditions that crush lesser runners. Hence his nickname…”The Terminator”. If conditions are less than ideal, and guys start wilting in the heat, look for this guy to move up the list.
7. John Herron - John may be small in stature, but he is a bigtime runner. Unfortunately he has had some health issues in the past eight months or so. However from all recent reports, he has put those behind him and is running well. He should improve on his time from last year.
8. Mike Leblanc- Again a runner that I am not familiar with. He has a very impressive 2:57 from Kentville last fall.
9.Hector Leblanc - Hector is a very determined runner. He comes to distance running from a football background and his mental toughness is remarkable. I wouldn't be surprised to see him better his 3:11 pb in Boston .
10. Bruce Rosvall - He ran a 3:12 at The KV Challenge last year under tough conditions. That bodes well for Boston .
11. Darrell Travis - An amazing veteran runner. Depending on how he's feeling, Darrell is certainly capable of an outstanding run.
Other Notables: any of these runners are capable of a top ten finish depending on the day: Glen Millican, Peter McGregor, John Dallaire. Robert Leblanc, Jean Landry, Roger Oullette, Kevin Publicover. And let us not overlook Roya MacDonald, she is quite capable of surprising a number of the guys. Best of luck to all the New Brunswick runners!
Last year, we had a banner season for running and it is no more evident than in the record number of New Brunswickers who have qualified for the April 17 Boston Marathon. This year, 60 runners from around the Picture Province will make their way to Bean Town for the big event.
Another couple of the new generation runners could also have a great day in Boston. Todd Price of Quispamsis and Dean Strowbridge of Saint John have both qualified in the top 10 and have yet to run their best runs.
Historical Boston Results: 2001 / 2002 / 2003 / 2004 / 2005