Darrell Travis is an icon of the road racing community in southwestern New Brunswick.
Darrell was a familiar face on the start lines of many of the province's leading road races over three decades, consistently placing near the top, weekend in and weekend out. However it is his organizational work and leadership, coaching and the encouragement that he provided the regional running community that has provided the greatest contribution to our sport.
Darrell was a past member of the organizing committee of Marathon-by-the-Sea and one of the founders of the Hampton River Runners, and its flagship event - the Hampton Five Miler. Legions of recreational and competitive runners have risen in his community and the broader region as a result of "Hampton five mile fever" that emerges each summer on the roads of Hampton.
In many people's eyes, Darrell is viewed as the catalyst that created a culture of running throughout the region. It is not a stretch to suggest the emergence of national caliber runners such as New Brunswick record holders Grace Annear and Barry Britt, along with strong university runners like Gerald Demers and Adam Keller were all fostered, at least in part, by the running culture within their home town promoted by the club and its leading member - Darrell Travis.
Darrell's 19 consecutive Boston's is an iconic testament to the inner perseverance that every successful runner has within their soul. His treks to Boston inspired many a person from our region to train and qualify for the "great race". 19 - yes nineteen (19) consecutive runs is a remarkable accomplishment, recovering from a major surgery weeks before one of the races is - super human. I doubt any one can properly tally it up - but we would suggest that his immediate running fraternity of friends combined have completed over 200 Boston Marathons - lining up in the iconic little town of Hopkinton and finishing in the great city of Boston - all of them first inspired by Darrell Travis.
RunNB is pleased to welcome Darrell as the 16th member to our honoured Hall of Fame.