|Event of the Year|
The Event of the Year for 2010 goes to the Hampton Five Miler, which is truly a small town success story.
The Hampton race celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2010.
There are many reasons why this event was chosen as RunNB's Event of the Year. A great part of its success is a strong community organization. The event committee draws a good part of their volunteers' base from the Hampton River Runners, a local running club with a vibrant membership.
For ten years, the Hampton Five Miler has had no problem finding willing candidates for the important position of Race Director. Daryl Travis (2000-2004), Brock Reid (2005-2006), Lloyd English (2007-2008) and Jeremy Fry (2009-2010) have all successfully taken the role of race director. This rotation of the lead organizer has permitted the event to build on its strong foundation and continue to improve year after year.
Another secret to the event's success is the highly attended kids run. This makes it an activity in which the whole family can partake.
In 2001, the first year, the event attracted 150 runners and over the next nine years we've seen a progressive growth. This year was no exception with a record number of participants with 526 between the kid's 1Km run and the 5-miler.
Event organizers would say to have a winning organization needs a good corporate partnership. The Hampton road race has succeeded in obtaining key sponsors and this can be observed in the many banners of familiar companies posted along the finish line and reception.
And finally, the Hampton Five Miler does not only attract the masses, it also draws NB's finest distance runners, giving the event prestige and excellence.
Congratulations to the Hampton Five Miler committee!
|Female Runner of the Year|
Paula Keating of Miramichi
Paula Keating of Miramichi won the Female Runner of the Year award for Run NB for the second year in a row Keating has been awarded the top female honor for running in the province.
In doing so she crushed her own provincial record by almost five minutes. She is the only female runner ever to break the three-hour marathon (26.2 mile) barrier in New Brunswick history.
Last November in New York she came onto the scene with a 2:58:01 marathon then in April of this year at the famous Boston Marathon she lowered her record to 2:57:53. Now she dropped it again to 2:52.14 in only her third marathon. She finished 21st overall in the race that had over 4,000 runners.
Keating excels in more than just the marathon as she won what is called Run for the Cycle. It is five different road races starting with the 5km, 5 mile, 10km, half marathon and full marathon.
In all five disciplines she placed first in each event. In the 5km distance her time of 17:43 was better than her next competitor who had a 20:09 time. In the five-mile event she shattered the New Brunswick record by 33 seconds winning in 29.26. Only two women ever have broken the 30-minute standard.
In the 10km race her time of 36.36 is almost 5 minutes better than her nearest competitor. The half marathon is no different as her time of 1:22.40 is over 10 minutes better than the second place finisher. Her total time is 5:38:39, which gave her a 50-minute cushion over the runner up.
Compare her times to the men, in the same distances, and she would have placed third overall. She beat the third place male in every category.
On the local front Keating won her fifth consecutive Miramichi River Runner jacket going to the top female runner in the area. She gained the maximum 500 points over 10 races.
PHOTO: Brian Richard presents the 2010 Female Runner of the Year to Paula Keating
|Male Runner of the Year|
Dean Strowbridge of Saint John
Dean is one of the hardest working men in showbiz - I mean running. His determination and strong training ethic have made him what he is today - a great runner and a role model in the running community.
|Up and Coming Female Runner of the Year||Up and Coming Male Runner of the Year|
Tanya Johnson of FrederictonTanya was nowhere to be seen on the running circuit last year but started out this year with an impressive sub 4 hour marathon in Fredericton in May. Since then she ran 11 races improving all of her times throughout the season capping it off with a 3:38 full marathon (on a much hillier course) in October. Tanya finished third in the Run for the Cycle and first overall in her age group with eight first place results in her age group.
Jim Johnson of FrederictonWhile Jim ran a few races in 2009, he really started to shine in 2010. Compared to 2009 - he has lowered his 5k time by almost a whole minute, his 8k time by 2 minutes, his 10k time by almost 3 minutes and, most impressively, his marathon time currently ranks him 8th overall in the province. Jim also finished 3rd overall in Run for the Cycle.
|Personal Achievement Award|
Raymond Caissie of Richibucto
PHOTO: Personal Achievement Award presented to Raymond Caissie.
|Inspirational Person of the Year|
Daryl Steeves of Saint John
Last year I was lucky enough to be up here presenting the Inspirational Runner of the Year award to my Dad. This year I am grateful to again to be able to honour one of the icons of the running community in New Brunswick.
PHOTO: Inspirational Person of the Year award presented to Daryl Steeves by Marta Kelly.
|Walker of the Year|
Bob Bardsley of Saint JohnPHOTO: Walker of the Year presented to Bob Bardsley by Daryl Steeves.
Guest speaker / invité: Patty Blanchard