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This year, 75 New Brunswickers will line up in Hopkinton on Monday April 20th. The 2009 NB delegation includes a mix of first timers (e.g.Dixon, Power, Johnson, Mercer, Kelly) and a bunch of veterans (e.g. Caron, Travis, Herron, O'Brien, Levesque). I look forward to watching some friendly competition between our marathoners. I predict a heated battle between Herron and Dixon for the top spot, and race for third spot between Lohnes, Jamer, Doucet and Dallaire.
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 knows all 75 runners will proudly represent Team NB.
On behalf of RunNB, I wish all a personal best and fun trip in Boston.
3. Steve Lohnes - Lohnes's marathon style is unassuming but very effective. Steve is one of the few marathon runner I know who runs even halves. That said, the Boston course profile is not the best marathon for running the "Even Stephen" style. The Hampton runner's goal in my opinion, is to get to the other side of Heartbreak Hill feeling like he did at both his 2008 Fall marathons.
4. Murray Jamer - My source have indicated that this Fredericton runner has executed a discipline marathon training this winter. I have to admit, I'm going on a tip but it was clear that the 54 year old Jamer was focused.
5. Bernie Doucet - I'm told by runners who have run with Bernie this winter, that the Fredericton runner is fit and running well. I'm confident that if Doucet gets to the start line feeling positive, a sub-3:10 is a real possiblity.
6. John Dallaire - This Moncton athlete approach to marathoning is preparation and his natural sporting acumen. John ran Boston in 2008 with almost perfectly even 5K splits. If things go as planned for John on April 20th in Boston, I believe he can better his 3:13 from last year.
8. Michael Thompson - My source in Moncton said that Thompson is new to this province. I was also told that Micheal is an impressive runner.
9. Darrell Travis - Darrell is running his 13th consecutive Boston marathon. Since I regularly run with this Hampton River Runner, I know he's running healthy even after a bad fall on this winter's icy roads . The 49 year old Travis could run the course blind folded. I feel that this will be "lucky 13" for Darrell.
10. Robert Leblanc - Robert may sound like a long shot to some but my discussion with him revealed that he's in his best shape ever. Plus the Moncton native has improved his Boston time for four consecutive years. I predict another PB for this 51 year old.
My prediction on the female draw is a bit of guess work. The only runners I've seen training during the harsh winter is Maggie and Vicki in the Saint John area. My Fredericton and Moncton informants had little intel on the females running 113th Boston Marathon.
After another tough winter in New Brunswick, spring inevitably arrives and with it comes a highlight for many marathoners --- Boston! This year we are
once again well represented with 75 NB'ers set to go on April 20th in Hopkinton. As per recent tradition, here are my picks for 2009.
Other notables - Some of the other runners who can easily post a top ten finish include:
Other Notables - Silvy Moleman, Gisela Roux, Natalie Arsenault, Jeannie
Kudos to first time qualifiers Richard Bennett, Raymond Caissie, Darrell Wilkins and Sylvio Bourque, and to all the New Brunswick contingent... Best of luck in Boston!!
This years NB marathon crew headed to BEANTOWN, includes "Inspiration, Youth, Years of Determination, Wisdom, Experience, and a mix of Boston ROOKIES and VETERAN leadership".
Running this prestigious course from Hopkinton, to Boston carries lots of history, and the atmosphere can be overwhelming, and at times intimidating for first timers in unfamiliar territory. Veteran experience may be the slight advantage as to who takes the seat as first NB'er this year.
I am with Gautreau and Latoo for a heated battle between the ROOKIE from Sackville Chuck Dixon and Bloomfield's John Herron. If anyone surprises it will be Hampton's
On the women's side even it's her first time in Boston, I think Maggie Johnson will bring her game face as top female only minutes ahead of Brenda Guitard.
I will be cheering for everyone from home this year and look forward to watching our marathoners represent NB proud !!!
Congratulations on this accomplishment and enjoy your experience!!!
And here's my pick's
Bruce "Gabby" Guitard
2. Chuck Dixon - Sackville, NB - This Sackville native certainly has put in the work to get to where he is today. When I seen him come up through the ranks I was not surprised. With
3. Steve Lohnes - Hampton, NB - Lohnes's has some unfinished business in Boston. Posting a 3:57 in 2007 and a 3:21 in 2008, it's redemption time. With a PB of 3:02:26 in NYC last
4. Murray Jamer - Fredericton, NB - The young 54 year old brings many years of experience to the Boston start line. A very focused, humble and quiet man, whom I trust will speak loud with
5. Bernie Doucet - Fredericton, NB - With his mad ultimate Frisbee skills he could sneak by everyone and surprise us all. Not sure if this Freddy Beach runners is still sporting the beard, but if he goes to New England razor clean, he could SHAVE off (no pun intended) another 5 minutes. On a serious note I have duked it out with Bernie before and if he brings
6. John Dallaire - Moncton, NB - Tthe very comedic and always good for a laugh Dallaire and his recipe of having fun has helped him post some great results including his 3:13 in 08. Look
7. Darrell Travis - Hampton, NB - Travis takes the lucky No. 7th spot. With this being his 13th consecutive return to Boston and it being the 113th year of the marathon let's hope it turns
8th, 9th and 10th overall will be between - Woodstock's Tim Wright, Moncton's Michel Belliveau & Michael Thompson new to the NB scene, and Quispam's Dean
2. Brenda Guitard - Saint John, NB - Guitard has experience from the 3:22 she posted last year. She will surely want to best that and I am confident she will be with Maggie's every step of the way from Hopkinton to Boston.
3.Kyna Squarey - Moncton, NB - I don't have much on Squarey, but to say she posted a 3:22 and 3:25 in 2 marathon's last year. If she brings the right Marathon Medicine top 3 will not be a surprise.
4. Vicki Woods - Quispamsis, NB - with a 3rd return to Boston and gaining experience every year a see a PB in Vicki's return to Boston.
5. Sarah Zuidhof - Fredericton, NB - looking to run sub 3:30 Zuidhof breaks the top five on this challenging Boston course !!
6. Silvy Moleman - Fredericton, NB - Moleman slides in just behind Sarah.
7. Natalie Arsenault - Moncton, NB - I am just going on her 3:32 from Moncton's leg's for Literacy in 2007. But with posting a time like that in the year of the storm for Leg's I would not be surprised to see her post a stronger time.
8. Connie Coffin - Saint John, NB - with good advice from close experience resources, Connie will put together a great run to break the top 10.
9. Lisa Flewelling - Saint John, NB - this proven top NB triathlete and IRONMAN finisher, will be running her first Boston. Flewelling is disciplined, trains hard and give it her 110% at every event. I have her in 9th, but would not be surprised if she breaks top 5 if her long distance multisport experience pays off.
10. Marta Kelly - Saint John, NB - breaking the top 10 Marta, will not be the only Kelly amongst the 20 thousand participants. 70 years young Dad Frank Kelly will be running in the same footsteps as her who qualified for this years 113th event as well. Now that's inspiration !!!
Other notables - John "Belldune" Culligan represent part of the North Shore Contingency, along side Roger "Candy Lover" Levesque, and Alain "the Marathon Machine"
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