Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Islanders In Boston - What... no live blogging??!!

We have live blogged the results of Prince Edward Islanders at the Boston Marathon since this blog began in 2007. These are the final pages, (after being updated non-stop with each runner's updated split times throughout the day), of those years:

2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009 - 2008 - 2007 

This year that streak comes to an end. We'll be there!

This will be a sort of practice run for us, a chance to get a feel for Boston and the Boston Marathon before Alex gets his chance to run it, having qualified for the 2015 Boston Marathon at our Prince Edward Island Marathon here in October. On Saturday morning, Alex, along with 9,999 others, will be running the BAA 5K. The real challenge will be for Alex and I not to lose each other.... Wish us luck!

Here's the list of all of PEI's qualified and registered runners in the 2014 Boston Marathon on Monday. Billy MacDonald and Rob MacKenzie are injured and will not be running (and perhaps some others?) Wish them luck!

Here are the 5K runners:

If you're not in Boston on Marathon Day, 
here where to watch the Boston Marathon

Live tracking should be available Race Day on 

from our boston trip will be put in this album:
along with a few of the pictures 
that lead to us going on this little adventure

Safe travels & best wishes to all our PEI runners!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Terry Fox Tribute Run & The WR3 Half Marathon

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

Heather Ogg, Elaine Burkholder and Alex in front of Province House 6am
It was cloud and 4 degrees. The Terry Fox Tribute Run start at Province House to Pownal on Trans Canada Highway for the half marathon start. I run about 17Km with Heather and Elaine. Then I run WR3 half marathon. The others run on Pownal Rd, Keppoch Rd, Langley Rd, Stratford Rd, Hillsborough Bridge and Water Street. 

Heather Ogg, Elaine Burkholder and Alex finishing the 1st half in Pownal
Terry Fox Tribute Run runners in Pownal at the midway point

Terry Fox Tribute Run runners finishing the Terry Fox Tribute Run at the WR3 Finish Line

WR3 Half-Marathon
WR3 Half-Marathon start
WR3 Half-Marathon 2K mark
WR3 Half-Marathon 2K mark

It was cloud and 4 degrees. 

The WR3 Race in Charlottetown. The course start in Pownal on Pownal Rd, Keppoch Rd, Langley Rd, Stratford Rd, Hillsborough Bridge and Water Street. 

Gaetan Dallaire won the half marathon and Joanne Reid for the top female. I finished in 2:08:50 and came in 61st out of 81 runners. 

Michael Peterson won the 10km race and Kristen Callaghan for the top female. 

Greg Morrison won the 5km race and Sophie Peterson for the top female. 

Official Result 61st out of 81
Half-Marathon in 2 hours, 8 minutes & 50 seconds

Half Marathon
Half Marathon Push Rim
Half Marathon Vision Impaired

WR3 Half-Marathon Finish Line with Dianne Watts-Pye

On Easter Weekend I running the BAA 5km at Boston Common and watching 20+ PEI runners at the 118th Boston Marathon!

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Not Against It
acceptance, inclusion, awareness

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

What We'd Like You To Know About Autism on World Autism Day

United Nations Secretary-General's Message for 2014
"This year’s World Autism Awareness Day is a chance to celebrate the creative minds of people with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and to renew our pledge to help them realize their great potential.
To measure the success of our societies, we should examine how well those with different abilities, including persons with autism, are integrated as full and valued members. "

What we’d like you to know about Autism 

Autism is a neurological difference classified as a developmental disability. Autistic people have atypical behaviours in three areas: social interaction, communication, and restricted interests or repetitive behaviours. Autistics are different at the most basic level available: how they experience the world, and how they learn from it. Autism presents with measurable differences in perception, attention, memory, intelligence, etc. The autistic order and progress of development is different from the typical version as is autistic brain structure, allocation, and function. Autism presents strengths not available to the typical population, but the different pattern of strengths and weaknesses characterizing autism results in many difficulties as atypical needs and adaptive but atypical autistic behaviours are at odds with what is considered or expected as "normal".

Autism isn't a disease, or a bunch of behaviours, any more than femaleness is. Autism involves neurological differences, which are basic and comprehensive. Autistic neurology is no more or less valid than non-autistic neurology: both autistics and non-autistics are able to develop, learn, progress, and achieve things, but may do so in different ways and may require different kinds of help along the way.

Progress is part of the natural course of development in autistics, as it is in non-autistics, but development in autism may not proceed in the same order as is considered normal for non-autistics. Autistics may, e.g., seem advanced in some areas and delayed in others. Seen in perspective, this means that in comparison with autistics, non-autistics are likely to be advanced in some areas and delayed in others. Non-autistics may need a great deal of assistance in learning things that autistics learn easily, and the reverse may also be true. Seeing as we don't declare non-autistics to be "succeeding in treatment" or "less severely non-autistic" or "recovered" when they develop and learn, it should be clear that describing autistics in these kinds of terms is misleading and prejudicial.

Autistics are alert and aware of what is happening around us, even though we may not be able to show this or respond in expected, typical ways. Autistics also may not communicate in typical ways, and in some situations, will find it difficult to communicate at all. However, this does not reflect a fundamental inability or unwillingness to communicate. Autistics want to communicate, and can do so when provided with a context in which communication is both possible and responded to. This is also true of non-autistics, but non-autistics are much more likely to be provided with contexts in which they can communicate successfully.

Dividing autism into "severe" and "mild", or in similar ways, is misleading and harmful. Autistics may differ in the extent to which autistic traits are or are not obvious, and this may vary in individual autistics from hour to hour, day to day, and year to year, depending on many factors, including on what kind of context an autistic lives in. The extent to which autistic traits are or are not evident in any individual autistic is unrelated to our intelligence and our outcomes as adults. However, societal prejudices against autistic traits may prevent autistics whose traits are more obvious from being considered able to learn, to communicate, to make decisions about our lives, to walk around freely, to be employed, etc.

Michelle Dawson
Pervasive Developmental Disorders Specialized Clinic
Rivière des Prairies Hospital
University of Montréal

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

St. Patrick's Day Run

Saturday, March 15th, 2014

It was cloud and -3 degrees. 

The St. Patrick's Day Run at Sports PEI Lobby. The course on Raiders Rd, North River Rd, Skyview Dr, Atlantic Rd, Seaview Blvd, Belvedere Ave and University Ave. 

Billy MacDonald won the 10km race and Natalie Dallaire for the top female. I finished in 49:28 and came in 7th out of 12 runners. 

Mark Cullen won the 5km race and Leanne Vessey for the top female.
Official Result: 7th out of 12
10K in 49 minutes, 28 seconds

5K Results  ~  10K Results

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Thursday, February 27, 2014


April 1951 - February 2014

Alex (Runman) Bain meets Heather (Brakeman) Moyse

Heather and Alex on her arrival home to PEI, February 26th, 2014. 

You too can get one of Heather's t-shirts, here on her website :

February 19th, USA on the track, Heather Moyse and Kaillie Humphries about to start their 3rd run..


Freeze Your Gizzard 2014

 Sunday, February 23rd, 2014
Registration data entry while watching the Olympic Gold Medal Hockey Game

Canada leading 2-0 as they line up, 3-0 as they take off
It was sun and few clouds and 2 degrees. 

The Freeze Your Gizzard Run at Atlantic East Fitness Centre. The course on Valleyfield Rd, Douses Rd, Main St, Queens Rd, Princess Dr, Riverside Dr and Peardon Rd. 

Shawn McCardle won the half marathon and Joanne Reid for the top female. I finished in 1:44:56 and came in 14th out of 38 runners. 

Natalie Dallaire won the 10km race and first overall. Dave Iwankow for the top male.

Official Result: 14th out of  38
Half Marathon in 1 hour, 44 minutes, 56 seconds

Half Marathon Results
10K Results

Photos from the Freeze Your Gizzard (2006-2014)

Montague to host first Road Runners race for the 2014 season

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 05:00
By Mike Connolly, Multi Sport Executive Director with Sport PEI
Montague will host the first PEI Road Runners race of the 2014 season.
The Freeze Your Gizzard half-marathon and 10 kilometre race will take place Sunday, February 23. Previous years have seen conditions ranging from minus 20 degrees Celsius in 2011 to pouring rain in 2013.
Cost is $10 for the 10-kilometre race and $20 for the half-marathon. Participants can register at 8:30am at Atlantic Fitness East and the race will start at 10am.
There will be food and prizes following the event, and all participants receive a free Freeze Your Gizzard winter toque upon registration as long as supplies last.
Organizer Mike Connolly is hoping for better weather than last year and a good turnout. This will be his last year organizing the event, as he will be turning it over to the Down East Warriors Triathlon Club. The Montague based club will use the race as a fundraiser to help the club operate.
This is the first points race of the season for the Road Runners Club in the half-marathon distance only. The course is a looped 10.5 kilometre course for the longer race and 10 kilometres straight for the shorter.
For more information, contact Mike Connolly, Multi Sport Executive Director with Sport PEI, at mconnolly@sport.pe.ca.

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Not Against It
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Monday, December 30, 2013

My 2013 Running Highlights

My 2013 Running Highlights

#5) 40th Harvest Festival 25K  

 "I finished in 1:45:50, beat my 25km PB, 2:43 faster than in 2011
and came in 5th out of 73 runners."

Only runner in all 10 Deltaware 5K Races
"I finished in 17:59 and came in 5th out of 209 runners."

#3) Chip timing at 10K races (Cox & Palmer, Friendship Run & Wally Rodd), 5 Miler  and Dunk River Run.

PB'd at more than half the chip timed races
#2) First Point Race Win at Harmony Woodlot

"I won the 12.3km race, finished in 46:21, beat my 12.3km PB, 1:59 faster than in 2011 and came in 1st out of 35 runners.....It was my first win the points race in my career." 

 #1) Boston Strong (6 months later at PEI Marathon)

 "I finished in 2:53:47, beat my marathon PB, 18:58 faster than in 2011 and came in 6th out of 293 runners. I break the sub 3 hours 
and I qualified for the Boston Marathon in 2015!"

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Wally Rodd 2013

Saturday, November 2nd

It was sun and few clouds and 12 degrees. 

The Wally Rodd Run at Rodd Hotel. The course on Kent St, Victoria Park, Brighton, Edinburgh Dr, and Vista St. 

Stanley Chaisson won the 10km race and Natalie Dallaire for the top female. I finished in 38:39 and came in 5th out of 126 runners. 

Mark Cullen won the 5km race and Sophie Peterson for the top female.

Official result: 5th out of 127
10K in 38 minutes, 39 seconds

Pumpkin Toss
"Bring your Halloween pumpkin ... pay a Lonnie ... and then toss your pumpkin off the roof-top-patio of the hotel (5 stories up) to receive a ballot for a chance to win a weekend night for two (with breakfast) at the Charlottetown Hotel.  All proceeds go to the ALS."

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Not Against It 
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Halloween Hustle 2013 - A Win for Woody!

Saturday, October 26th

It was sun and cloud and 3 degrees. 

The Halloween Hustle at Kensington Railway Station. The course on Confederation Trail. 

This year I dressed up as Woody from Toy Story. 

I won the race in 18:36. Natalie Dallaire for top female. 

Matthew MacNeill won the 2K and Erin Carr for top female.

Official Result: 1st out of 107
5K in 18 minutes, 36 seconds

2012 Halloween Hustle
2011 Halloween Hustle
2010 Halloween Hustle
2009 Halloween Hustle
2008 Halloween Hustle

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