Michelle started running at the age of 12 after being inspired by her coach Mike Leblanc. In the early 1980’s she joined the Fredericton Legion Track Club and began her track career. She started as a sprinter and competed at the 1983 Legion Track & Field Championships in the 100m, 200m and 4 X100m.
From 1985 to 1990 she attended the University of New Brunswick (UNB) and was a member of the UNB Cross Country and Indoor Track & Field team. In her rookie year, she was named MVP of the Cross Country team, as well as the University of New Brunswick Rookie of the Year.
During her running career in New Brunswick, Michelle participated in as many road races as possible and still is in the top three female runners in NB. She's in great company with Patty Blanchard and Shelly Doucet with her times in the 5km(16:51)3rd best in NB, 5 mile( 28:42) 3rd best in NB and 10km (35:17) ranks her second best in the female category in NB.
Her personal best times are:
800 meters 2:12 in 1996
1500 meters in 4:33 in 1996
3000 meters in 9:43 1996
5 mile 28:42
1/2 marathon 1:20
In 2007, after the birth of her first son, Michelle retired from competitive running to spend time with her husband Dean and two sons, Carson and Kaden. She has recently returned to running in the Ottawa area and hopes to compete in a few Masters competitions.
RunNB is very proud to induct Michelle into our Hall of Fame as the 22nd member. Congratulation Michelle and welcome to the club.