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The 114th running of the Boston Marathon will see many of New Brunswick's top marathoners line up again in numbers, 74 to be exact. Team NB 2010 will showcase many familiar names and a good number of first timers. As mentioned in previous Boston Picks, this piece is not to elevate anyone or exclude any names. Everyone who ever trained to run 26.2 miles knows the hard work that goes into qualifying for the Boston Marathon. That said, on behave of all running enthusiasts & fans staying behind, we hope all your goals are met.
It's unfair to just highlight ten male NBers because there are some legendary runners that should also be mentioned.
I'll start with NB's oldest entries, Frank Kelly who was RunNB's 2009 Inspirational Runner of the Year and Richard Steele of Moncton, both 71 years young runner their second consecutive Boston.
I want to wish good luck to all the first timers, many of them Saint Johners and guys I see running around town such as Steve Dohaney, Bob Sherrard, David Baxter, Gary Ogden, Charles Mandel and Al Clark. Happy trails, to my noon running partners, Jim Miller and Jeremy Fry.
As always my scoop on the female runners is always lacking thus I've simply listed them in their order of qualifying time except Brenda Guitard and Kyna Squarey, which I've moved up a spot. So the challenge is for Caroline to prove me wrong and Brenda and Kyna to live up my billing. Good luck to all 23 ladies running in Boston on Patriot Day. I sincerely hope you all surpass your expectation.
Ah springtime! With it comes melting snow, longer days, flowers blooming, and marathon season! Of course the granddaddy of them all is Boston and this year New Brunswick is once again well represented with 74 athletes on the starting line in Hopkington. This years field is one of the deepest and most evenly matched in recent memory. The following are my 7th annual Boston picks.
The first overall pick is an especially tough one. There are so many talented runners with so little to choose between them.One of the favourites, apparently will not be running. So the defending number one- Chuck Dixon will be left off the list. My feeling is that the standard bearer will come from the following group—Herron. Verreault, Hector Leblanc, Bernie Doucet, Rosvall and Lohnes. Oh, and let's not forget about Paula Keating who could easily be the first New Brunswicker. However I will have separate male and female lists as per tradition.
1. Martin Verreault This Boston rookie ran three impressive marathons last year- Fredericton in 3:05, Quebec in 3:03 and lastly PEI in 2:54. This is a very impressive progression. The only downside could be the lack of experience with the Boston course.
2. Hector Leblanc. Hector is lean, fit and ready to crack the three hour barrier in Boston. He is determined, disciplined and mentally tough.Has the potential to move up.
3. Bernie Doucet. Ran 2:59 on the tough Marathon-by-the-Sea course last year. He can definitely surprise some people.
4. John Herron. Reports are that this Boston veteran's training is going well this year. He knows the course as well as an one and there should be no surprises for him.
5. Bruce Rosvall. Bruce is reportedly in top form and looking to go under three hours again.
6.Steve Lohnes. Another sub three hour marathoner, with a 2:59 in Sugarloaf.
7. Dean Mercer. Had a solid 3:00 on the tough KVC marathon course, so you know he can handle the hills of Boston.
8. Paul Comeau. An up and coming marathoner with a qualifying time of 3:04 from PEI.
9.Michael Coyne. The “Ageless Wonder". Not sure what shape he's in but expect a solid effort.
10. John Dallaire. This newly minted “Ironman" is fit, healthy and looking for a new pb in Boston.
Other Notables- Some of the other runners who can easily post a top ten finish include—Tim Wright, Roger Tabone, Charles Mandel, Denis Leblanc,Bob Forbes.
1Paula Keating. Running her first Boston after a 2:58 in NYC in her marathon debut. Has the potential to be first NB'er overall.
2. Brenda Guitard. Had an impressive 3:21 last year.
3. Kyna Squarey. This natural athlete always seems to run well.
4. Lisa Flewelling. An “Ironman" finisher, she definitely has the mental and physical strength needed to do well.
5. Caroline Collyer. Ran a very fast 3:20 in Lowell.
6. Jeannie MacDonald. Back to better her solid 3:35 from last year.
8. Mary Davis
9. Nicole Gautreau. Has trained hard this winter and should do well in her first Boston.
10. Christine Belliveau
Other Notables- Martha Kelly, Cathy Lloyd, Jean Barry, Lyn Young
Patriot Monday is only days away, which means its time to line up at the start line and sidelines for the prestigious running of the Boston Marathon once again. GO NBer's GO ! Aside from Robert Cheriuyot and Ryan Hall duking it out for top honours on the men's side and Dire Tune in a rematch against defending champion Salina Kosgei on the women's side the crew representing NB will be trying to run their way to top spot in the province. The 114th running of the Boston Marathon will see 74 of New Brunswick's top marathoners line up this year. 2010 will see many familiar names as well as some Beantown rookies. First off I just want to mention your all winners, goal achievers and inspiring individuals no matter what your finish time is or what spot you finish in on Monday. Just getting to Boston is a HUGE achievement so have fun, take in all the sites and cheers that are for YOU along the 42.2 road and "Carpe Diem" that's right SEIZE THE DAY ! So without further a due here's my top pics and SHOUT out(s) to one and all on the 2010 Team Boston NB ! Enjoy my mouthful of words. Daryl didn't call me Gabby Guitard for nothing.....
3. - This is a toss up between Bernie Doucet who may just take this spot by a hair or two who i also have to give 2 thumbs up to for still sporting the BEARD ! We are few and far between bearded runners but its got style and Bernie wears it well. But the beard could also cost him some time and arodynamics to stay ahead of Steve Lohnes who still has a thorne in his side from Boston past and Lohnes surely wants to run a Beantown PB once and for all, or could it be Dean Mercer who is ever improving at this distance who has gone from getting past that qualifying hurdle in 08 with a 3:11 to being only 52 seconds from sub 3 hour at KV last year.
in 2nd - I have Martin Verreault - Verreault is the speedster from the North Shore this year. His times improved continueously at all distances last year and he could impress us all if he had a good winter of training and continues his PB ways from the 2:54 he posted late in the season at the PEI marathon. But the Beantown suprises and at times deceiving course can sometimes get the best of a rookie Boston entrant. Let's wait and see if he overcomes these obstacles.
1st overall this year will be between John Herron and Bruce Rosvall. Both part of the well known noon hour Saint John Moose Loggers these 2 experienced runners not only know each other's every step, they also know the Boston course some of the best out of this years line up. Herron know's the Boston course as well as he know's his Bloomfield training grounds. If all lines up Herron should go sub 3 and be the first NB'er to cross the line. But don't count out Rosvall to be the first to hit the home stretch at Boyleston St. - Rosvall's slow and steady tactic could work to his favor. Both these runners are confident, patient and are never intimidated by the tough Boston conditions and how its prestigeous surroundings can sometimes challenge the marathoner.
I have honerable mentions going out to Micheal Coyne who has shown many young guns that age is only a number and his finishing times at Boston certainly prove that. Look out for Canadian Running east coast columnist Charles "Moves a lot" Mandel as he could suprise us all and finish on the NB podium.
Also I would like to add a hats off to our ageless wonder(s) list that grows every year. Seems like Joe Burke started quite the following. Burke returns to Boston this year and never fails to impress. Burke could easily run a 3:20 - and than there's two young at heart guns on the list of NB'ers this year who inspire us all - Frank Kelly and Richard Steele will duke it out - both 71 years of age. Who will win this Moncton Saint John battle.
We can't forget that we also have the Italian Grand Digue Stallion that could post quite a solid time. The ever improving Sylvio Bourque could very well arm wrestle his way to a top 10 NB finish. Keep an eye out for Bourque who is many NB'ers fan favorite to see on the RunNB scene his support for the sport never goes unoticed ! KEEP up the great work Sylvio.
Last but not least I have a shout out going to 2 more people.
1 who keeps going and going and the other who finally broke down the boston qualification door. Darrell Travis who continues his impressive consecutive streak in Boston, now at 14. He should just buy a condo or they should have a room in his name at the Holiday Inn in Brookline KEEP it up Darrell. And finally GO BAX GO ! you finally made it. This hard working humble volunteer has taken a few attempts at the Boston goal so many have and finally broke the tape. Co-organizer of the RUN42 program started a few years back linked to a marathon in L.A. that he also ran, he inspired many kids to do just that "RUN42" with a group of kids at a school in Saint John. Here's what you deserve in return for your hard work Dave ! go get em and enjoy Boston.
Now for my top 3 females.
3 - Kyna Squarey - I don't know much about this Moncton runner, but with a return to Boston this year and on the heels of Brenda Guiard last year Squarey will want to improve on her time this year.
2 - Brenda Guitard - I trust Guitard will have a good showing this year ! She is never on the course alone and certainly won't be this year, and for those who know Brenda you know what I am talking about here. She carries a true friend with her every step of the way and that surely gives her the fight she needs in those last miles. Brenda will PB Boston this year and will share it with many who support her in SJ. GO BRENDA GO !
1- Paula Keating - What more is there to say ? 1st place overall last year in the 1/2 marathon at Marathon by the sea edging Bruce Rosvall by only seconds. She is sub 18 for her 5k and sub 37 for her 10k and finally sub 3 in her first Marathon. These stats superpasses goal times many men have on the list in NB! With all that aside she is one of the most humble people you will meet. She no doubt has big goals, but she keeps them quiet and just gets the job done, and smiles every step of the way. Keating is in a league of her own and I trust at her first Boston she will be patient and post a stellar time if all lines up on Patriot Monday. Paula may even have a chance to place herself in top 3 NB'ers overall. With her 2:58 in NYC last season it puts her just 5 seconds off 5th fastest NB marathoner in the rankings last year. Move over boys here comes Paula !
Honarable mentions - Don't count out our well know top NB IRONMAN triathlete Lisa Flewelling ! This spirited stellar athlete will certainly be smilling from 1 to 42 k !
I hope my aplause finds its way to start line for the following determined lady ! Tracy Price Emerson ! Full time mom ! and truly supportive sister who in return has quite the support team. Her training partner and brother Todd Price, her husband and kids who are never not heard on the sidelines, and many other friends who will surely be either there in person or tracking Tracy online every step of the way! She finally finds her way to Boston after many determined tries. The shouts "TRACY TRACY" will be heard From NB to Boston ! GO TRACY GO !
Keep an eye out for Marta "Eye of the tiger" Kelly ! enough said......Marta has passion, heart, and determination to always improve. Can I say there may be a PB on the map this year ? I know one thing. Marta will be the first to cheer on the rest of the NB crew. Top 10 for Kelly is no doubt a true possibility.
Other notables: Mary Davis this top Fredericton athlete will surely have some true sideline support from cyclist, triathlete, runners, store owner and all around sports enthusiast husband Mike and family supporting her from the sidelines.
So hats off to everyone and do NB proud !
Bruce "Gabby" Guitard.
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