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This year, 69 New Brunswickers will line up in Hopkinton for the 115th running of the Boston Marathon. The number of NB runners participating in Boston on April 18th is down slightly this year because the maximum registered runners filled in record time - leaving some qualified runners out. Paula Keating will run in the Elite Women’s field, we believe her to be the first NB female to wear the prestigious bib. Team NB 2011 will showcase many familiar names and a good number of first timers. As mentioned in previous editions of our Boston Picks, the following commentary is intended to be a fun initiative to foster discussion for those who will be following the progress of this year’s New Brunswick contingent. Its aim 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 behalf of all running enthusiasts & fans staying behind - we hope all your goals are met.
Honorable mention: Joe Burke, an amazingly talented runner placed 4th in his age class last year at Boston which would value Joe's result as the top NB performance. At 68, this Saint Johner is showing no sigh of slowing down. We can't Frank Kelly of Saint John and Richard Steele of Moncton, both 72, running strong and flirting with a four hour marathon. Alan Caron, the Ironman of marathon runners, will be participating in his 18th Boston Marathon but more amazingly, the Charlo native will be running his 180th marathon. Michael Simmons who was one of NB great distance runner back in the 80's and now 65 will rival Joe Burke and a top spot in his age category.
|This year getting to the starting line in Hopkinton meant you not only had to be fast, determined, and have perseverance on the roads, but also on the keyboard. The legendary Boston Marathon filled up in a matter of hours, leaving many qualified runners disappointed on missing out. Nevertheless New Brunswick is once again well represented by a deep and talented field. I addition this year we can boast of even having an athlete in the Elite Women’s’ field, namely Miramichi’s Paula Keating!
1. Chuck Dixon- A solid winter of high mileage and quality runs should pay off with a good time in Boston. His competition for top New Brunswicker could be Paula.
2. Martin Verreault- with another year of experience he will be looking to improve on his 2;59 from last year.
3. John Herron- John is Mr. Consistency. Boston is a highlight of his running year and he always seems to deliver.
4. Jim Johnson- I don’t know much about this young runner, however he ran a n impressive 2:57 on the tough KVC course which bodes well for Boston.
5.Murray Jamer- Has had some significant improvement in his times, with a recent run of 3:01 in Toronto in September 2010.
6. Claude Degrace- Claude is turning back the clock as far as his running goes as evidenced by his stellar 3:07 in California in December. And reports are that his winter training has gone very well.
7. John Dallaire- If it snows by chance in Boston, look out for John. We had some real “character builders” this winter in Moncton.
8.Darrell Travis- Keeping his remarkable Boston streak alive, Darrell knows the course as well as anyone.
9. Steve Robichaud- A young gun with lots of potential looking to better his 3:18 from last year.
10. Judson Cassidy- Ran well on the slow “Legs for Literacy” course.
Others to watch: Steve Lohnes- apparently coming off surgery, otherwise I would rank him much higher. John Culligan, Todd Price, Pat O’Brien, Robin Drummond.
1. Paula Keating- No question here, unless something unforeseen happens. She’s running with a purpose.
2. Heather Suttie- An up and coming runner from Fredericton.
3. Gisela Roux- A solid and steady runner.
4. Tracy Price-Emerson. She may have her brother Todd helping out.
5. Lisa Flewelling- A talented triathlete and Ironman finisher.
6. Tanya Johnson
7. Linda Cormier
8. Jean Barry
9. Shawna MacKenzie
Best of luck to everyone!
Honourable mentions among the women include:
Tanya Johnson Upper Kingsclear
Tracey Price Emerson Rothesay
Linda Cormier Fredericton
Marta Kelly Saint John
Aisha Khedheri Saint John
Jean Barry Moncton
Cynthia Vanbuskirk Saint JohnMEN
1. Chuck Dixon - Sackville: Chuck is number one for one reason… he deserves it. He has been a strong performer and was our leader in 2009. This could be his year to repeat and I think he will!
2. Jim Johnson - Fredericton: Jim just keeps getting better. He is a great ambassador for our sport and I expect he will have a great run in Boston. He might even give Chuck something to think about!
3. John Herron - Bloomfield: It is likely a toss-up between John and Martin Verreault but I’m giving John the edge based on his slightly younger age and slightly faster history at the half marathon distance. I won’t be shocked either way but the Bloomfield Bolt gets my vote.
4. Martin Verreault - Beresford: As I mentioned above, it could go either way. Martin is a fine runner and had a couple of seconds on John at their last Boston show down. They will be a fun pair to watch.
5. Steve Lohnes - Hampton: Another close call between Steve and Murray Jamer of Fredericton. These guys are so close it could be a coin toss but I’m selecting Steve on the basis of a slightly faster PB Marathon. Both these guys have a great work ethic and either would be deserving of a breakthrough performance.
Honourable mentions for the men
Murray Jamer Fredericton
Todd Price Quispamsis
Claude Degrace Moncton
Steve Robichaud Neguac
John Dallaire Moncton
And a special shout out to our 70 years plus runners Frank Kelly and Richard Steele, a couple of inspiring guys for sure!
Daryl Steeves "The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them." - Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
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