Race Report – Fredericton Beer Run

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Normally I would be adding a race report but unfortunately I celebrated too much the night before and was too hung over to particpiate. From all accounts it was fun but I spent the day on my Tiki Terrace recovering.

Thanks to the graciousness of the organizer, Lloyd Chambers, I was able to receive my running mug and still get my entry deferred until next year…it pays to attend most of the beer events 😉 So next year I will be in better shape to file a proper race report.

Next year it appears that there will be a wine and spirits run on the same weekend as part of the festival so I had better be on my best behaviour.

One Foot in Front of the Other

Chris

Next Race: Valley Harvest 10k, Thanksgiving weekend

Race Report – Joe McGuire Road Race 5km

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On August 1st, I made the hour drive to Woodstock, NB to participate in the Joe McGuire road race, so named after the legend in running who was from the area. It was a warm, sunny morning and I arrived about 40 minutes ahead of the start of the race. I picked up my bib at the fire station, which was a change from years past as the pick-up area was at the local rink but this made it easier to do everything quickly. Swag was minimal with a cotton t-shirt represented, however it is a soft, nice looking t-shirt and the race is local and doesn’t cost a lot to join, so I’m not being negative at all.

I warmed up a bit and met a few people from the Fredericton area then got down to business. I was going to race this race as opposed to running a more comfortable pace and taking in the sights. I like this course because it is fast and has a large downhill, I don’t fear downhills as one can really scoot along. There was a 5km and a 10km race and we both started at once, with about 150-200 people participating. I felt good at the beginning and hit the downhill at a good stride and ran my first kilometre in 4:14 min/km…maybe a bit too fast but this was a race to judge where I was. I ran through a mile in about 7 minutes with my second kilometre coming in at 4:38 min/km, however after that I became a bit winded but still managed to run the last 3 kilometres at ~5:00 min/km to finish with a time of 23:56, which was about 10 seconds above my PB.

However I was very happy with my the race overall and especially with the first 2km, it’s obvious that I need to pick up my fitness over distance but when is that not a goal for all of us!

Sadly I can’t find any photos for the race.

You can check out my garmin track here:

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Even though you don’t get a lot of swag of this race it’s a great local run and the 10km is part of the super series so it’s a great way to make some points if you participate, I recommend this race.

Next race: Fredericton Beer Run, August 3rd, 2015

One Foot in Front of the Other

Chris

Race Report – The Kilted Run

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Last month I participated, for the first time, in a 5km kilted run as part of the New Brunswick Highland Games. It was more of a fun run because there weren’t any medals or prizes, just a technical shirt, fun and camaraderie….and oh yes free admission to the beer tent that night…but alas no free beer.

And of course as you may have guessed, everyone was encouraged to wear a kilt during the run. I had purchased a sport kilt from Sportkilt earlier this year so I was ready to participate.

It was fairly cool the Friday night that we ran but in comparison to the heat from last year it was a good thing. We mustered on the grounds of Government house in Fredericton and then were piped to the start line by a bagpiper which was a new experience for me and was quite fun.

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After a quick speech and a few photos, around 50 of us were off for the 5k course. Nicola, my girlfriend and I started out quick then dialled it back to enjoy the run as we saw our friends go by. We ran almost the same exact course as the new Liv9 Fall Classic 5km course which is along the river and the green so it was a nice trial run of that route.

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We finished up at around 28 minutes then milled around for a while taking photos and laughing then we headed for some dinner then a return to the beer tent 🙂

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The event wasn’t flashy or big but with a lot of friends in attendance it was a really fun, local, quirky event that you remember for a long time. Hopefully next year for their fifth year it will grow again but it’s ok if it doesn’t 🙂

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Next Race: Woodstock 5km, August 1st, 2015.

As always, thanks for reading

One Foot in Front of the Other

Chris