"THE NBers ARE COMMING" This year, more New Brunswickers (84) will participate in the historical Boston Marathon. For the forth annual, RunNB's Boston Predictions will include Hans "The Butcher" Laltoo, Daryl "Everyones Coach" Steeves and myself, Gilles "Watch From The Sideline" Gautreau.
Hans lives in the Moncton area and Daryl and I live and run in the Saint John area. Thus our predictions could be biased by our knowledge of the runners in our areas.
We hope you'll all enjoy our Predictions and that all your training for the Boston Marathon comes true.
Other Notables: Saint John area runners who could be in a position to crack the top 10 include: John Russell, whose approach to running is methodical and disciplined - should see it payoff in Boston. Darrell Travis is running his 11th consecutive Boston Marathon, so this Hampton runner knows how to pace the course to earn the best possible result. A 3:10 marathon is possible for Travis - an amazing feat after the doctor who removed his colon in December 2004 told him point-blank: "I don't think you'll ever run another marathon." Jim Miller is another Saint John residence whose been around the "marathon block" and will not miss a beat running Heartbreak Hill.
Runners in Moncton such as Kevin Publicover, Michel Frenette, John Dallaire and Robert E. Leblanc have all been to Boston and will look to improve from previous years.
Bonne chance à tous les coureurs du N.-B. qui participeront a la 111e édition du Marathon de Boston!
Once again, New Brunswick participation in the historic Boston Marathon is at a record level. Just 5 years ago, there were only 21 NB’ers running Boston. In contrast, the 111’th edition in 2007 will see 84 athletes at the starting line in Hopkington. This is a testament to the growth in marathoning and the dedication and commitment of New Brunswick runners. You are to be commended.
As has been the tradition in recent years, the following are my Boston picks for 2007. This year’s field, as well as being very large, is also very deep, with many excellent runners. This makes the task of ranking particularly difficult.
Others to watch: Krista McClusky, Tania Cormier, Nathalie Arsenault, Kim Buck, Ellen Forhan.
Other notables: Look for these runners to have solid runs and any of them could place in the top tier depending on the many factors that can affect marathon performance. Robert Vinet, David MacLeod, Kevin Publicover, John Dallaire, Jim Miller, Bob Forbes, Robert LeBlanc.
And let’s not forget the Ironmen of New Brunswick. Alain Caron and Roger Levesque who between them have run hundreds of marathons.
Best of luck to all the New Brunswick runners!
Other intersting things to watch for:
Historical Boston Results: 2001 / 2002 / 2003 / 2004 / 2005 Qualifiers