Saturday, December 15, 2007

My 20th Birthday

Today it my 20th Birthday.

20 years ago in Charlottetown Queen Elizabeth Hospital where I born and live in Glen Valley in a cabin with Mom, Dad and older brother.

Today it was snow all day and -10 degrees and windy.

I got presents, Asics GEL Nimbus 9 shoes and Firefry reflective laces and money and Wii game "Game Party". The 7 games included shuffle board, trivia, darts, air hockey, hoop shoot, pong toss and saucer ball. The shuffle board are my favorite.

Ben carry 2 pizzas and garlic fingers from Pizza Delight for supper.

The 20th Birthday Cake are made of sign of running. It marble cake.

I not a teenage anymore.

I have a good day.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

NYU Ransom Notes Ads: Public Outrage

Sometimes, something so important is going on in the autistic community that it is worth repeating. Usually I post it, briefly, over in my Tumblr "just jypsy" (over in the sidebar). Sometimes, like now, I will feel compelled to put it here and make sure it's seen by as many people as possible.

Below I have posted, with permission, a re-publication of a post from Whose Planet Is It Anyway, accompanied by a poster from Asperger Square 8.

Please consider signing the online petition urging NYU to end this offensive campaign.


EDIT: Please read right to the bottom of this post to read of our eventual victory; NYU's Child Study Center has pulled the plug on this horribly offensive campaign. Thanx to all of you who signed the online petition and/or contacted those involved with the campaign.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

NYU Ransom Notes Ads: Public Outrage

We have your ignorant and ill-conceived advertising campaign, which is a detriment to itself and society. We are making sure that when people search the Internet for information about it, they will find nothing but a deluge of furious condemnation on blogs and forums. We're also posting links everywhere to an online petition protesting the ads. If you fail to provide appropriate remediation and a prompt public apology, we will make sure you no longer have the respect of any decent people and will be driven into a life of complete isolation. Do nothing and see what happens.

— Public Outrage

Or, worded a bit more diplomatically in a joint letter from the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network and thirteen other disability rights organizations:


The following letter was mailed and hand-delivered to the NYU Child Study Center on December 11th, 2007. It is co-signed by fourteen premier disability rights organizations, including ASAN, ADAPT, TASH, ADA Watch and the National Coalition for Disability Rights, the Autism National Committee and many more. In it, we urge the Center to withdraw its offensive "Ransom Notes" advertising campaign, which stigmatizes people with disabilities and misinforms the public. As some of you have already heard from our previous communications on this topic, the advertising campaign is expected to garner 700 million impressions over the next four months, requiring us to act quickly to stop grave damage to the public perception of people with disabilities.

As several others have indicated an interest in joining our statement in response to the "Ransom Notes" advertising campaign, we are encouraging organizations to issue letters endorsing the joint statement and send them to the supporters of the "Ransom Notes" campaign, urging them to withdraw the offensive advertising. Contact information for all of the supporters of the "Ransom Notes" campaign is available
here on ASAN's website. We will also be making available in the next day or so a petition for individuals to sign to express their support for the disability community's efforts. We urge individuals and groups to indicate their support now for the joint statement of fourteen disability rights organizations on this topic directly by contacting the NYU Child Study Center by e-mail at or by phone at 212-263-6205.

Thank you so much to everyone who has already written and called to protest the "Ransom Notes" campaign over the course of the past few days and for those who will do so for as long as it takes to show that the disability community will not stand for advertising that questions the humanity of people with disabilities. We will be keeping you informed as we continue to mobilize the disability community against these hurtful and unfortunate statements. Your support is what keeps the disability community strong.

Ari Ne'eman
The Autistic Self Advocacy Network, President


Dr. Harold S. Koplewicz, M.D.
The NYU Child Study Center
577 First Avenue
New York, NY 10016

Dr. Robert Grossman, M.D.
NYU School of Medicine
IRM 229
560 First Avenue
New York NY 10016

John Osborn
President and CEO of BBDO New York
BBDO New York
1285 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019

Richard Schaps, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Van Wagner Communications, LLC.
800 Third Ave 28th Floor
New York, NY 10022

To the NYU Child Study Center and the supporters of the "Ransom Notes" advertising campaign:

We, the undersigned organizations, are writing to you regarding your new ad campaign for the NYU Child Study Center: "Ransom Notes." Our organizations represent people with a wide range of disabilities, including those portrayed in your campaign, as well as family members, professionals and others whose lives are affected by disabilities. As people who live and work with disability, we cannot help but be concerned by the way your campaign depicts individuals with disabilities. By choosing to portray people on the autism spectrum as well as those living with OCD, ADHD and other disabilities as kidnapped or possessed children, you have inadvertently reinforced many of the worst stereotypes that have prevented children and adults with disabilities from gaining inclusion, equality and full access to the services and supports they require.

While the "Ransom Notes" campaign was no doubt a well-intentioned effort to increase awareness and thus support for the disabilities it describes, the means through which it attempts this have the opposite effect. When a child with ADHD is described as "a detriment to himself and those around him," it hurts the efforts of individuals, parents and families to ensure inclusion and equal access throughout society for people with disabilities. When individuals with diagnoses of autism and Asperger's Syndrome are told that their capacities for social interaction and independent living are completely destroyed, it hurts their efforts for respect, inclusion, and necessary supports by spreading misleading and inaccurate information about these neurologies. While it is true that there are many difficulties associated with the disabilities you describe, individuals with those diagnostic categories do succeed – not necessarily by becoming indistinguishable from their non-disabled peers – but by finding ways to maximize their unique abilities and potential on their own terms.

The "Ransom Notes" campaign places a stigma on both parents and children, thus discouraging them from pursuing a diagnosis that might be helpful in gaining access to the appropriate services, supports, and educational tools. The autism spectrum should be recognized for what it is: a lifelong neurological condition – not a kidnapper that steals children in the dead of the night. The devaluation of the lives of people with disabilities has led to public policies and funding decisions that have forced thousands of people with disabilities into nursing homes and other institutions. The unintended consequences of ad campaigns like yours give legitimacy to the taking away of the civil and human rights of people with disabilities.

It is true that diagnoses of ADHD, autism, Asperger's Syndrome, and OCD often accompany great hardships for families. It is true that depression and bulimia are terrible disorders that require treatment. Yet, the way you choose to convey those messages is inappropriate and counterproductive. Individuals with disabilities are not replacements for normal children that are stolen away by the disability in question. They are whole people, deserving of the same rights, respect, and dignity afforded their peers. Too often, the idea that children with disabilities are less than human lies at the heart of horrific crimes committed against them. The recent tragic instances of violence against children and adults on the autism spectrum and with other developmental disabilities are linked to the perception that these people are less than human. We – the adults, families, professionals and others affected by these conditions - assert that nothing could be further from the truth.

We are also concerned that the negative stereotypes the "Ransom Notes" campaign depicts could make it harder for the many people with disabilities and their family members who are working to ensure that students with disabilities have the right to be included in their home schools while still receiving all necessary services. Federal law mandates that students with disabilities have the right to a "free and appropriate public education" in the "least restrictive environment."

Your advertising campaign claims that children with disabilities could be a detriment to those around them and as a result hurts the efforts of parents working to secure the opportunity for their children to be included with their peers. While we recognize and applaud the good intentions intended by this effort, we must urge you to withdraw this campaign immediately, as it threatens to harm the very people whom it seeks to benefit: people with disabilities, their families, and their supporters. In the press release announcing this campaign, the Center gave as one of its goals "eliminating the stigma of being or having a child with a psychiatric disorder". We are in full agreement with the goal of eliminating stigma against people with disabilities and their families. Yet, this campaign serves to increase that stigma rather than lessen it. We hope that you will heed our concerns and those of many other people with disabilities, family members, professionals, and countless others and end the "Ransom Notes" advertising campaign.

Please do not hesitate to contact any of the organizations listed as signatories to this letter in order to better solicit the opinions of the disability community prior to your next advertising campaign. We would be more than glad to help the Center to develop better strategies to achieve its excellent goals. The NYU Child Study Center has the potential to do enormous good for children and families affected by disability. By showing that the Center respects the views of people with disabilities, families, and professionals, you can make that aspiration a reality.


Ari Ne'eman
The Autistic Self Advocacy Network

Bob Kafka
National Organizer

Diane Autin
Executive Co-Director
Statewide Parent Advocacy Network of New Jersey

Jim Ward
ADA and the National Coalition for Disability Rights

Janette R. Vance
The Family Alliance to Stop Abuse and Neglect

Estee Klar-Wolfond
The Autism Acceptance Project

Barbara Trader, MS
Executive Director

Jim Sinclair
Autism Network International

Stephen Drake
Not Dead Yet

Stanley Soden
Director of Independent Living Services
MOCEANS Center for Independent Living

Ethan B. Ellis
Executive Director
Alliance for Disabled in Action, Inc.
President Next Step, Inc.

Phil Schwarz
Vice President
Asperger Association of New England

Sharisa Kochmeister
Autism National Committee


December 19th, 2007
Victory! The End of the Ransom Notes Campaign

Hello everyone,

I am pleased to inform you that this afternoon the NYU Child Study Center
announced that they will be ending the "Ransom Notes" ad campaign in
response to widespread public pressure from the disability community. You
can read that announcement here.

The thousands of people with disabilities, family members, professionals and
others who have written, called, e-mailed and signed our petition have been
heard. Today is a historic day for the disability community. Furthermore,
having spoken directly with Dr. Harold Koplewicz, Director of the NYU Child
Study Center, I have obtained a commitment to pursue real dialogue in the
creation of any further ad campaign depicting individuals with disabilities.
We applaud the NYU Child Study Center for hearing the voice of the
disability community and withdrawing the "Ransom Notes" ad campaign.

Twenty-two disability rights organizations came together to ensure the
withdrawal of this advertising campaign. Our response to this campaign
stretched continents, with e-mails, letters and phone calls coming from as
far away as Israel, Britain and Australia. The disability community acted
with a unity and decisiveness that has rarely been heard before and we are
seeing the results of our strength today. Our success sends an inescapable
message: if you wish to depict people with disabilities, you must consult us
and seek our approval. Anything less will guarantee that we will make our
voices heard. We are willing to help anyone and any group that seeks to
raise awareness of disability issues, but those efforts must be done with
us, not against us. This is a victory for inclusion, for respect and for the
strength and unity of people with disabilities across the world. It is that
message that has carried the day in our successful response to this
campaign. Furthermore, we intend to build on this progress, not only by
continuing a dialogue with the NYU Child Study Center and using this
momentum to ensure self-advocate representation at other institutions as
well, but also by building on the broad and powerful alliance that secured
the withdrawal of these ads in the first place. We are strongest when we
stand together, as a community, as a culture and as a people.

Thank you to all of you who have made this victory possible. Remember:
"Nothing About Us, Without Us!"

Ari Ne'eman
The Autistic Self Advocacy Network, President

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Jingle Bells Run & Christmas Party

(above photo by Athena)

It was cloudy and dark and -2 degrees.

The Jingle Bells Run at Charlottetown Mall.

The 5km loop course around the Charlottetown and Sherwood.

The lights of decoration on houses.

I ran the first run use Yaktrax shoes I won in summer cause avoid slip or

The after run at Cheers Sports Bar they have chili and rolls and beer and pop.

Only 7 days until my 20th Birthday on December 15!

Seasons Greetings!

More Photos

Robert Bertolas Has Arrived!

Robert Bertolas, who we posted about in late September when his cross-Canada Generex/Jaymor Victory Tour for MS brought him to PEI, has arrived in St. John's Newfoundland. Robert ran, biked & rollerbladed 9,653 Km, from Victoria BC to St. John's NFLD to raise awareness & funds for Multiple Sclerosis. Robert's trek took almost 10 months and on November 18th, one week ahead of his target arrival date, Robert ran up to the sign welcoming him to St. John's. We've been following Robert's blog since we first met, on the highway, on the way home from the Miscouche Firefighter's 10 Miler.

Well done Robert! Remembering the thrill of Alex reaching East Point after 14 days of running across Prince Edward Island, it must have been an absolutely incredible feeling for you. Congratulations to you and your support team. I hope you have a very relaxing & peace-filled holiday season. Best wishes and good health to all of you in 2008 & beyond.

If you'd like to donate to Robert, it's not too late. Click here.
"Your generous donation will be given to the Myelin Project of Canada. Their dedicated researchers are working hard to find a cure for MS, leukodystrophies and demyelinating diseases which affects more than 2 million people world wide."

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday Big Brother!

Saturday, December 1, 2007

The Turkey Trot - Running in a Blizzard

"The run goes just before the Christmas Parade in Souris"

It was -3 and snowing with a wind warning and are snow squall warning.

It took 1 1/2 hour to drive there and almost 2 hours to home.

The roads are slippies and white outs.

The figure 8 course run right before the Santa Clause Parade.

It took under 25 minutes of facing headwind and blinding snow.

Marcellus Campbell from Souris who was the youngest runner complete the PEI Marathon was won the race.

Lots of Souris High kids there wearing yellow and burgundy striped shirts.

We didn't go to the Bluefin because of the weather we came home.

Official result: 13th out of 47
5K in 24 minutes, 55 seconds

2006 Turkey Trot
2005 Turkey Trot
2004 Turkey Trot

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Turkey Trot runners dash down Souris parade route

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Saturday, November 24, 2007

T'was The Month Before Christmas Run

A 5K and 10K around a 2.5K looped course at UPEI.

It was cloudy and snowy and cold and -6 degrees.

The 2.5km loop course around the UPEI and Confederation Trail.

He ran the whole race with Sean MacNeill. The first 2 laps in under 23 minutes, the wind mostly in your face.

He finish in 45:24 and came in 12th out of 38 runners.

Scott Clark for top male and Pat Ellis for top female in the 10km.

I met Pat Ellis went I was 2, she is an audiologist.

Stephen Bagole and Ellen Sherren for top male and female in the 5km.

The run for fundraise to PEI Roadrunners Club.

There was people from Stanley's Summerside running group running in first 10km race.

Official Result: 12th out of 38
10K in 45 minutes, 24 seconds

T'was the Month Before Christmas 2006

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I got a presents from Cheryl and Scott maybe early birthday present.

Cheryl give me a shirt because she thought
of me when she saw it.

Scott give me a NYC Marathon poster and Spongebob Cap says "Bikini Bottom Track Club". Scott bring me the Boston Marathon poster every year.

Thank You Cheryl and Scott!

For Autism
Not Against It
acceptance not cure

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Recycle Run

"Out and back course on Montague Confederation Trail"

It was sunny and cloudy and windy and 2 degrees.

The out and back course on Confederation Trail.

The 5km and 10km runners bring the runner shoes and T-shirt to send to people of poor country.

He finish in 44:55 and came in 11th.

The McCosham Brothers won both races, Mark won the 5km and Leo won the 10km.

Official Result: 11th out of 30
10K in 44 minutes, 55 seconds

Recycle Run 2006
Recycle Run 2005

Recycling running shoes & t-shirts for

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Running For Autism
Not Against It
acceptance not cure

Monday, November 12, 2007

Detour: Heather Doiron, Past & Present

I am often amazed at Alex's great luck. In school, he had some great teachers, willing to work with him (and me!) and some really great Teacher Assistants working 1:1 with him in most of his classes for most of his school life.

In the summer months, he attended swimming lessons, actually "Red Cross Swimming Camp", which involved 2 weeks of half day swimming lessons (at the beach, not in a pool) as well as other fitness and nature activities. Again, he had 1:1 staff, provided by the Red Cross, and their reports made it obvious that they enjoyed the challenge and the kid. The staff all knew his name and they were always happy to see him return every year.

As well, every summer during his elementary school years he was involved with The Education Coalition. For a couple of years, Ben was involved in this program as well. The program was dissolved in 2006 (due to a lack of funding I believe) and taken over by The PEI Council of the Disabled (who recognized the obvious need & success of the program), renamed The Summer Tutoring Program.

"The Summer Tutoring Program is a Province-wide service first offered by the Council in 2006. The program is for children with disabilities who would otherwise lose school and literacy skills over the Summer months. The program had been offered for 19 years by an organization called the "Education Coalition" [which has now been dissolved]. The program is structured to meet the individual needs of each student.

A number of Instructional Assistants are hired across the province and each are assigned a number of children to work with. In the weeks before the end of school each child's teacher or resource specialist supplies the Instructional Assistant with an individualized program to implement over the Summer months.

The program is generally delivered in each child'
s home. However, in circumstances where the home cannot be used, an alternative setting in the child's community is found. The goal of the program is to help children and youth maintain their skills and prevent regression of those skills when they are not in school during the Summer months."

Most of the tutors come out of the Education program at UPEI, students on their way to being teachers. Again, Alex had the most wonderful luck with the tutors he was assigned every year. The program was devised by me, with help from his SLP, Teachers Aide and teacher. Each tutor he had brought their interests into his program as well. The emphasis was primarily on communication. For most of his elementary years, text (typing) was his primary method of communicating but speech, which had only just started midway through grade 1, was encouraged and formally worked on as well. Because of my own (extreme) discomfort level with having people in my house, most of his assigned hours happened out in the community. Here's how I have described this in the past -
"The idea was to take him out to cool places and to do cool things and give him all the more reason to type about where he'd been and what he'd done. So... since by then I had 4 kids and didn't have the luxury of giving Alex my undivided attention and taking him cool places (many of which would be my idea of hell mind you...) I could have this young energetic person keen to take him places, all I had to do was pay gas and expenses. As well, I knew Alex would make a difference in these kid's lives. I probably told them, like I used to tell every teacher "you're really lucky to have Alex in your class...... you don't understand what I'm telling you right now, and may even think I'm nuts, but by the time your time with him is done, you'll understand"
--and they did."

Along with all the various skills he learned & practiced doing all these different things, they would return home where he would write up a report, diary form, of what he had done, where he had gone, the weather, the best and worst parts etc. Looking back of the reports filed by these tutors, they were all very good, some of them were truly exceptional.

Most we've never seen since, some we have - one turned out to be the daughter of Gary & Carol Craswell (race directors of the Wally Rodd), and then there's Heather Doiron. Although we've only seen Heather a handful of times since she worked with Alex (I think she was his very first tutor), we've followed her career and one can't help but run into one of her many siblings around here. Alex & Heather loved working with each other, Alex still has a great love of music as well as some demonstrated talent, and I can't help but think that Alex helped Heather in her chosen teaching field.

Finding the right note
A teacher from P.E.I. has been using music to make it easier
for her students in Japan to learn history

The Guardian

When Heather Doiron started teaching in Japan 11 years ago, she faced some challenges.

"How do you get first- and second-year university students with limited English to study American history? How do you get them to come to class?

"And how do you connect with them emotionally?" asks Doiron, who conducts her classes in English at Aichi Shukutoku University in Nagoya.

After examining these issues, Doiron, who is a classically trained vocalist from P.E.I., came up with the idea of adding a musical element to her classes.

"Many chapters of American history have been turned into songs. For instance, when we came to the section on slavery we listened to Amazing Grace and learned the story behind it," says Doiron.

The popular hymn is about its author, John Newton, a slave trader who converted to Christianity after surviving a terrible storm.

After listening to the story, the students' attention was piqued.

"They loved the class. So we started exploring the passion and the feelings behind songs to get them to study history," she says.

The next song was The Night They Drove Ole Dixie Down by Robbie Robertson.

"It's about the horrors of the American Civil War.

"The lyrics tell of Virgil Cain watching as the Union Army General George Stoneman destroys the railroad where he makes a living, and then witnessing the fall of Richmond, Virginia.

"Virgil relates and mourns the loss of his brother in the lyrics, 'He was just 18, proud and brave/But a Yankee laid him in his grave," says Doiron who puts countless hours into preparation for her classes.

Her passion for teaching is appreciated by her students.

"Heather's classes have encouraged me to become interested in many topics. Now I know that I can learn history from music, movies, novels and not just from a textbook," says first-year student Mika Masui in an online interview.

It's a passion that has followed Doiron throughout her life.

Doiron, who has studied classical music and jazz since she was 14, always wanted to be a teacher.

In 1996, after graduating from UPEI with a bachelor of education, the North Rustico native moved to Japan to teach high school and university.

She also took her love for music with her, playing in clubs and recording CDs.

Her creativity in music has helped her teaching career.

"As a teacher, whether you're helping someone cross the road or plant a garden there's part of you in there. You're creating something.

"So being able to draw on your experiences is important," says Doiron who returned home to P.E.I. this past summer.

"As a teacher, I try new approaches and hope that they're going to work with my students. I like to plant the seed, do the watering and see what will happen," she says.

At a glance

* Who: Heather Doiron.

* Influences: Nina Simone, Sheila Jordan, Diana Krall, John Coltrane, Bach.

* Teachers: Pamela Campbell, Sheila Jordan and Jay Clayton.

* CDs: After Midnight, Heather Doiron & Co.

* Getting in touch: ,

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Think Again! Help Us Build A Wall Against Hate

(click on images to enlarge)

Thank You Bev 8 for your initiative, your invitation,
and your bricklaying.

Thank You to everyone who contributed.

Please click here to view more Walls against Hate.

Click here to order the T-Shirt (or hoodie etc.)

Monday, November 5, 2007

Islanders on the Run - Last Weekend in Athens, Greece

As reported earlier, Father Gerard Chaisson was training for the Athens Marathon.

2,224 (Place) 2651(Bib) CHAISSON GERARD Male (45-49) 1992 (Male Division Place) 4:35:31 (Finish Time) 4:34:04 (Chip Time)

There was also another Islander in the race:
1,235 (Place) 4460(Bib) BARTLETT ANDREW Male (35-39) 1137(Male Division Place) 4:00:38(Finish Time) 3:59:10(Chip Time)

3407 Total Runners Full Results

Congratulations !
Athens Marathon

Race records fall in Athens Marathon
Sunday 4 November 2007

Athens, Greece - In ideal weather conditions (cloudy in the first stages and light raining at the last Kms) around 4750 runners today ran the 25th edition of the Athens Classic Marathon from the village of Marathon to Athens' 1896 Olympic Marble Stadium.

On the notoriously tough course, Kenya's Benjamin Korir Kiprotich clocked 2:14:40 setting a race record, dominating the men's race ahead of a group of Kenyans, while Russia's Svetlana Ponomarenko verified the pre-race forecast by winning the women's race in 2:33:19, which also smashing the women's race record.

The jubilee edition of the Athens Classic Marathon saw a huge increase in runners compared to last year when there was a total of slightly over 5000 athletes. Adding all races this year the figure was up to 7950. Among them were 4750 marathon runners. Abel Anton, Spain's marathon World Champion from Athens 1997 and Seville 1999, took the opportunity to take part in the 10km race.

Men's Race

The beginning of the mens race brought few surprises, as a group of about ten runners took the lead and gradually broke away from the rest of the field with veteran Italian Migidio Bourifa attempting to create a consistent pace for the leaders.

From the very early stages Bourifa was accompanied by Kenyans Kiptanui Kimutai, Frederick Cerono, Cheruyiot Kipkurui, David Kimutai Kosgei, Benjamin Korir Kiprotich, Michael Cimpchir and Henry Tarus, the winner of the race last year, and the Japanese runner Kazunari Yoshitomi.

Just before the middle of the race at the 20th kilometre point, where the race starts going uphill, the Kenyans decided to change the situation. Accelerating they attacked and Bourifa who was unable to follow them as was Japanese runner who also gave ground to the Kenyan pack. Halfway was passed in 68:07.

As usually the downhill stages of the race decided the winners. The first attempt was made by Kiprotich who tried to overtake the others during the 30th kilometre, but Henry Tarus, Michael Chimpchir, David Kimutai Kosgei and Hosea Kiptanui Kimutai, never fell back enough for him to feel at anytime secure in the lead.

Kiprotich, who was third in Brecia this year (2:10:43 PB), made another, this time decisive move at around 35km and this time kept the margin he garnered until the finishing line, winning in 2:14:40, a race record in the 1896 Panathinaiko Stadium.

Hosea Kiptanui Kimutai who had tried to counter-attack when the winner made his move, finished second with 2:15:03, while defending champion Henry Tarus placed third in 2:15:57. Michael Cimpchir followed with 2:16:52, while Kosgei Kimutai was fifth, 2:17:12.

"I had tried to get away earlier. But then I decided to relax a bit more and let the others catch me again. I was sure that I would win the race," said the 29-year-old Kiprotich. "I will now prepare for a big spring marathon. And it is my aim to run a time between 2:07 and 2:08."

Women's Race

Russia's Viktoryia Zuyeva attempted to take the lead from the beginning of the race, with Ethiopia's Zinash Alemu, third in Athens Marathon last year, Kenya's Sisay Measo, the winner of the race in 2005, and the pre-race favourite, Russian compatriot Svetlana Ponomarenko also in contention.

But with just 5km gone, Ponomarenko was already starting to show that the early challenge was of no concern to her, as she began to break away and ran home for what was an easy win. The 37-year-old Russian who last year won marathons in Dallas, USA and Frankfurt, Germany, ran unchallenged almost all the race and won with a new race record of 2:33.19.

"The weather was fine for me. I would now like to qualify for Beijing next year," said Ponomarenko.

Japanese Chihiro Tanaka was second with 2:41:01, though she was under some pressure from Greece's Magdalene Gazea who achieved the third place and the national title with a personal best of 2:41:31. With this time Gazea now has the standard for the Beijing Olympic Games.

Greek National Championships

A 35-year-old runner, Georgios Karavidas was the surprise winner of the national championships, leaving behind all the favourites. Karavidas clocked a personal best of 2:23:51 to claim his first ever national title and took 10th place overall. Dimitrios Theodorakakos won the silver medal and Lambros Zaragas the bronze.

In the women's race behind Magdalene Gazea, Magdalene Karimali took second place and Georgia Ambatzidou was third.

Michalis Nikitaridis and Jörg Wenig for the IAAF


1. Benjamin Korir Kiprotich 2:14:40
2. Husea Kiptanui Kimutai 2:15:03
3. Henry Tarus KEN 2:15:57
4. Michael Chempchir 2:16:52
5. David Kimutai Kosgai KEN 2:17:12
6. Frederick Cerono KEN 2:17:47
7. Kazunari Yoshitomi JPN 2:19:14
8. Willie Chruyiot Kipkurui KEN 2:19:29
9. Mathew Serem Kipchogei KEN 2:19:45
10. Georgios Karavidas GRE 2:23:51
11. Dimitrios Theodorikakos GRE 2:24:18
13. Labros Zaragas GRE 2:31:07
14. Ioannis Hamodrakas GRE 2:32:46

1. Svetlana Ponomarenko RUS 2:33:19
2. Chihiro Tanaka JPN 2:41:01
3. Magdalene Gazea GRE 2:41:31
4. Magdalene Karimali GRE 2:46:14
5. Sisai Arsenti Measo 2:46:43
6. Georgia Ambatzidou GRE 2:49:58
7. Viktoryia Zuyeva RUS 2:53:38
8. Chepkoro Chemareg Losiatak KEN 2:54.21
9. Æinash Alemu ETH 2:54:53
10. Êonstantina Stefanopoulou GRE 3:01:22

Islanders on the Run - Last Weekend in Moncton and New York City

Legs for Literacy Marathon

Despite post-tropical storm Noel, The Legs for Literacy Marathon, Half-Marathon, 5&10K runs went on.

Full Marathon:
6(Place)Leo McCosham - 3/47(Division Place)M4049
3:09:39(Gun Time)3:09:38*(Chip Time)4:31(Pace)

7(Place)Mark McCoshom - 4/47(Division Place)M4049
3:11:48(Gun Time)3:11:47*(Chip Time)4:34(Pace)

32(Place) Sean McCormick - 10/21(Division Place)M3039
3:35:29(Gun Time)3:35:27(Chip Time)5:08(Pace)

46(Place) Lora Kemp - 2/7(Division Place)F3039
3:44:37(Gun Time)3:44:31*(Chip Time)5:21(Pace)

54(Place) Paul Johnston - 22/47(Division Place)M4049
3:49:05(Gun Time)3:49:00(Chip Time)5:28(Pace)

58(Place) Nancy Morris - 3/16(Division Place)F4049
3:50:23(Gun Time)3:50:10*(Chip Time)5:29(Pace)

64(Place) John Van Ekris - 25/47(Division Place)M4049
3:53:26(Gun Time)3:53:18(Chip Time)5:34(Pace)

68(Place) Dave Beaton - 27/47(Division Place)M4049
3:54:50(Gun Time)3:54:39(Chip Time)5:36(Pace)

78(Place) Loretta Van Ekris - 5/16(Division Place)F4049
4:05:10(Gun Time)4:05:02(Chip Time)5:51(Pace)

111(Place) Debby Hughes - 10/16(Division Place)F4049
4:34:17(Gun Time)4:34:01(Chip Time)6:32(Pace)

114(Place) Joan Watson - 12/16(Division Place)F4049
4:34:46(Gun Time)4:34:35(Chip Time)6:33(Pace)
* Boston Marathon Qualifier
144 Total Runners Full Results


98(Place) Chris Doiron - 11/17(Division Place)M2029 - 1:52:36(Gun Time)
1:52:00(Chip Time)5:20(Pace)
99(Place) Dianne Pye - 7/79(Division Place)F4049 - 1:52:38(Gun Time)
1:52:20(Chip Time)5:21(Pace)
100(Place) Elaine Burkholder - 4/20(Division Place)F5059 - 1:52:38(Gun Time)
1:52:20(Chip Time)5:21(Pace)
198(Place) Eric Deveau - 44/58(Division Place)M4049 - 2:05:50(Gun Time)
2:05:13(Chip Time)5:58(Pace)
273(Place) Carolyn Knox - 44/79(Division Place)F4049 - 2:16:19(Gun Time)
2:15:48(Chip Time)6:28(Pace)

389 Total Runners Full Results


93(Place) Shallyn Murray - 14/28(Division Place)F2029 - 1:01:34(Gun Time)
1:01:24(Chip Time)6:09(Pace)
144(Place) Arlene Edgecombe - 11/22(Division Place)F5059 - 1:09:31(Gun Time)
1:09:08(Chip Time)6:55(Pace)

187 Total Runners Full Results

Congratulations All!

"On Sunday morning just before the start of the marathon fellow roadrunner and
roadrunner executive Paul Baglole collapsed on the school floor .Paul was there to
support his fellow roadrunners.Paul is at the Moncton hospital,hopefully he will be
back running with the club soon."

Paul, our thoughts and best wishes are with you, hope you're back on your feet soon.
Legs for Literacy hits streets this weekend
Marathon event reaches goal of more than 1,000 runners
Runners will be spotted in Riverview this weekend

537(Place) 496(Gender Place) 84(Age Place) Scott Clark - 2:55:47 (Official Time)
18294(Place) 4167(Gender Place) 811(Age Place) Kimberley Bailey - 4:21:05 (Official Time)
9:57 (Pace/Mile)

38554 Total Runners Full Results
Congratulations Scott & Kim! This is the Marathon Alex hopes to run someday. Alex was
very unhappy when our power was knocked out by post-tropical storm Noel at 8:15am
Sunday, afraid it might not be back on time for him to watch the NYC Marathon
coverage on TV at 4pm. All turned out well when we got our power back at 2:30pm.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

The Run Before the Storm - Atlantic Vet College 5K at Brackley Beach

"A beautiful out and back course from the Brackley Beach parking lot towards Robinson's Island."

It was cloudy and 4 degrees and no wind.

The calm before the storm. Hurricane Noel is coming to Atlantic Canada tonight.

The out and back course on Gulf Shore Parkway.

Lots of dogs and lots of vet college students.

He came in 7th out of 59 runners include walkers and time of 20:22.

Lawrence Brown came first and Marcos came second they both from vet college.

Athena Doyle came the first female with PB of 21:10.

Ryan McCarron ran his first 5km in 18:59.

Late tonight Hurricane Noel is arriving with 50mm of rain and wind up to 120km/h but Legs for Literacy Marathon in Moncton NB tomorrow is still on and lots of island runners plan to go. I hope they have a safe run.

Official Result: 7th out of 59
5K in 20 minutes, 22 seconds
AVC Run 2006

Brackley Beach
(click to enlarge)

Photo 1: Looking Northwest - Photo 2: Looking Northeast

Queens County P.E.I.
11:02 AM ADT Saturday 3 November 2007
Wind warning for Queens County P.E.I. continued

Southeasterly winds gusting up to 90 km/h tonight and southwesterly winds gusting to 120 km/h early Sunday.

Dangerous post-tropical storm Noel will approach Nova Scotia today and track across the Bay of Fundy tonight then cross just west of the island early Sunday morning as it heads into the Gulf of St Lawrence thereafter. The main threat with this storm will be potentially damaging winds..Heavy rain and pounding ocean waves.

Gusty easterly winds up to 90 km/h will develop this evening. Winds will become southwest with gusts as high as 120 km/h Sunday morning. These winds could lead to downed trees and power lines leading to power interuptions and cause damage to roofing and cladding material on some homes.

Rainfall amounts of up to 50 millimetres are expected over the province. The rain will quickly taper off Sunday morning. Rainfall may cause localized flooding in prone areas..Especially where leaf litter clogs storm drains.

5-metre waves are expected over the gulf waters..Erosion of some beaches is likely. High water levels along the Northumberland strait are expected tonight.

Rainfall warning for Queens County P.E.I. continued

Rainfall amounts of up to 50 millimetres expected tonight.

Dangerous post-tropical storm Noel will approach Nova Scotia today and track across the Bay of Fundy tonight then cross just west of the island early Sunday morning as it heads into the Gulf of St Lawrence thereafter. The main threat with this storm will be potentially damaging winds..Heavy rain and pounding ocean waves.

Gusty easterly winds up to 90 km/h will develop this evening. Winds will become southwest with gusts as high as 120 km/h Sunday morning. These winds could lead to downed trees and power lines leading to power interuptions and cause damage to roofing and cladding material on some homes.

Rainfall amounts of up to 50 millimetres are expected over the province. The rain will quickly taper off Sunday morning. Rainfall may cause localized flooding in prone areas..Especially where leaf litter clogs storm drains.

5-metre waves are expected over the gulf waters..Erosion of some beaches is likely. High water levels along the Northumberland strait are expected tonight.

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