It’s that time of year again when self proclaimed running aficionado predict how NB Boston Qualifiers will stack up against each other. This year the usual line up of Hans Laltoo of Moncton, Daryl Steeves of Rothesay, and myself, Gilles Gautreau of Rothesay will give our two cents worth on which NBer will shine in Boston. Alex Coffin of Saint John and Bruce Guitard of Saint John are our new rookie pickers. We are still in search of a female to offset this all male panel.
After four years of posting the Boston Picks on the RunNB website, I realize it’s like predicting which colour gum you’re going to get when you put a quarter in the gumball machine. That said, Hans, Darryl, Bruce and I will try predicting which New Brunswickers will fair better and who to watch out for in the 112th Boston Marathon on April 21, 2008.
The purpose of our picks is to highlight some of NB’s possible front runners. We realize everyone has trained hard for Boston and RunNB want to wish all 67 runners who will represent Team NB.
I personnaly hope that everyone can back with a personal best,
Herron, Davis and I won’t count Rosvall out, can all rival for 2nd place, I predict we will likely see at least one surprise performance between 2nd and 5th position.
6. Darrell Travis (8932) – The Hampton runner is entering his 11th consecutive Boston Marathon. Being one of my running partner, I have confidence that Darrell is ready to run in the 3:05 neighborhood. This year, Darrell’s fitness, health and experience are syncronized which could bring him close to his former glory days like 2002 when he ran 2:59:17 and was top NBer in Boston. One obstacle for Travis is that he will have nearly 4000 runners to pass before he no longer feels like he's running faster than the traffic.
I predict a tight race between Lohnes, Smith, Lambert and Travis. Let's not count out Moore "The Mystery Man"
Most likely to upset a Top 10 Pick:
1. Johanne Bellavance - Like the men's pick, Johanne running credentials stand a notch ahead of the rest. If her preperation this winter was solid, this ex-UNB cross country runner should be NB's first female finisher at the 112th Boston Marathon. The Fredericton runner ran a respectable 3:14:53 marathon in 2006.
Bonne chance à tous les coureurs du N.-B. qui participeront a la 111e édition du Marathon de Boston!
Well it’s that time of year again. After an especially tough winter, spring is in the air and our thoughts turn to…. The Boston Marathon! The 112th edition of the world’s most famous marathon takes place on April 21st. Training was definitely more challenging this winter with the severe conditions, nevertheless New Brunswick marathoners are a hardy bunch and were out in the adverse weather getting in the miles. This year 68 NBer’s are registered and as per recent tradition, the following are my Boston picks for 2008.
Other Notables—Some other runners who can easily post a top ten finish include:
Other Notables - Sarah Zuidhof, Rachel Fox, Alexis Juurlink.
Kudos to first time qualifiers Brian Lowe and Larry Peacocke, and to all the New Brunswick contingent…..Best of luck in Boston!!
Guitard the Superstars Predictions
Other mentions inlude: our Ironmen of New Brunswick, making another return to Boston this year. Alain Caron and Roger Levesque who between them have run hundreds of marathons, sometimes 1 weekend after another.
Darrell Travis keeping his Boston streak alive at 12 in a row.
And a shoot out to our Lady Hamption "Marathon" River Runners GO LADIES !
Good luck and Bonne Chance to all Runners !!
The top age group performances will be Michael Coyne and Joe Burke
I don’t know if there has ever been a tougher year, this one is a real crap shoot but here goes:
The next 5 are tough to predict but I will be watching for: Sarah Zuidhof, Rachel Fox, Nathalie Arsenault, Lisa Leblanc and Susan Ryan.
From the rest of the pack there are 5 guys who could easily pop up to the top 5: Bruce Rosvall, Steve Lohnes, Jamie Smith, Sean Moore, and just because I can’t write a top ten Boston without him, Darrell Travis, I would take him for my team in any race in any place!
Historical Boston Results: 2001 / 2002 / 2003 / 2004 / 2005 Qualifiers