Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Friendship road races Saturday morning
Friendship road races Saturday morning
Proceeds to PCH Foundation Equipment Fund

For the second consecutive year, runners will have a choice of a 10-kilometre course or five kilometres in the seventh annual friendship road races.

Both races will start and finish at the Wilmot Community Centre on Gillespie Avenue in Summerside on Saturday, Sept. 1. Registration will begin at 8 a.m., with the races getting underway at 9 a.m.

All proceeds will go to the Prince County Hospital Foundation Equipment Fund.

"Last year, over $1,000 was raised," said Dr. Michael Irvine, organizer of the 10K event.

An entry fee will be charged and there will be race mementos for all participants. Overall and age group awards will also be presented.

Also, the first male and female runners in the 10K event will receive a pair of running shoes, donated by Summerside Source for Sports.

The 10K route features segments on the road, forest trail and Confederation Trail. The 5K route has been remeasured and revised this year. Both routes are mapped and can be viewed by visiting (and

The 10K race is a P.E.I. Roadrunners Points Series event.

Runners of all speeds and ages are invited to participate.

For more information, check out, or e-mail

Islanders on the Run - Last Weekend in Quebec City

247 (Place) MARK VICTOR - CHARLOTTETOWN 927(Bib#) 3:45:31.2(Time) 3:44:47.6(Chip)

306 (Place) JACKIE CHAISSON - CHARLOTTETOWN 928(Bib#) 3:52:14.0(Time) 3:51:28.5(Chip)

319 (Place) JOHN VAN EKRIS - CHARLOTTETOWN 809(Bib#) 3:54:14.5(Time) 3:53:05.2(Chip)

337 (Place) DAVE BEATON - CHARLOTTETOWN 710(Bib#) 3:56:04.5(Time) 3:55:19.9(Chip)

430 (Place) LORETTA VAN EKRIS - CHARLOTTETOWN 810(Bib#) 4:05:47.1(Time) 4:04:38.3(Chip)

865 (Place) ROBERT ROACH - CHARLOTTETOWN 702(Bib#) 5:11:46.5(Time) 5:11:09.6(Chip)

Full Results of the 992 Participants
Congratulations All!

Monday, August 27, 2007

2 Personal Bests - 2 New Races, 2 New Distances, 2 New PBs

Kent Building Supplies 7K Run

Saturday, August 25th, 2007

"Looped course with small hilly section around Mill River, Bloomfield Industrial Park, Hwy 2
Great new run fro all abilities"

It was foggy morning and 20 degrees in Bloomfield.

The 7km loop course was flat and hilly by the Mill River.

This is new run organized by Randy Allain for breast cancer.

Finish in 30:29 and top 10 in 9th out of 33 runners. 2nd place Juniors.

Official Result: 9th out of 33
7K in 30 minutes, 29 seconds
First 7K run in Bloomfield termed a success
Thirty-three runners participate
Scott Clark of Summerside crossed the finish line with a time of 25 minutes 37 seconds (25:37) to win the inaugural Kent Building Supplies run here recently.

Rebecca Walker was the first female and finished second overall, posting a time of 28:11.

"We were very happy with the number of participants (33) who registered for the run," said race organizer Randy Allain. "We were also very pleased with the many positive comments from the runners, who indicated they really enjoyed the course which took them through scenic Mill River East."

Along with Clark, the other top male finishers were Peter Gaudet (28:26) and Dustin Gavin (28:41).

Mary Hart (35:40) and Jennifer Perry (35:41) rounded out the top three females.

The race also included a Junior Division for runners 19 years of age and under. Sean McNeill (29:39) was first to cross the line, followed by Alex Bain (30:29) and Amanda Shea (41:13).

The race's title sponsor was Kent Building Supplies. Greco Pizza and Price Chopper also provided sponsorship.

Desmond Baglole Scenic Road Run

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Hilly and flat, challenging course mostly on unique PEI dirt Scenic Heritage Roads"

The next day at Millvale it was humid and hazy and hot 25 degrees.

The 15km course on heritage roads and lot of hills.

Finish in 1:20:08 and came Top 10 in 10th out of 27 runners.

I like running on clay roads in the country.

Official Result: 10th out of 27
15K in 1 hour, 20 minutes, 8 seconds

Running For Autism
Not Against It
acceptance not cure

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

PEI In Motion

Stanley Chaisson is pleased to present...

Welcome to PEI In Motion
You’ve just taken the first step to achieving your fitness goals!
PEI In Motion is a fitness business focused on helping Islanders get active and enjoy
the benefits of regular exercise. With a variety of programs, PEI In Motion strives
to provide affordable and practical fitness opportunities for all ages and abilities.

PEI In Motion - About Us

Welcome to PEI In Motion! You’ve just taken the first step to achieving your fitness goals!

My name is Stanley Chaisson, owner of PEI In Motion. Fitness and running have been my passion for as long as I can remember. I’ve had the rewarding experience of helping many Islanders realize their potential and reach their running and fitness goals and I strive to continue doing everything I can to help Islanders enjoy the benefits of active living.


I received a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at Dalhousie University in 2005 and since then have become a Certified Kinesiologist with the Canadian Kinesiology Alliance. While at Dalhousie I competed on the Cross Country and Track and Field teams and received Canadian Inter-University Sport Cross Country All Canadian honors in 2004 and was named Atlantic Champion in the 3000 meters in 2005.

Life Experiences

I’ve had the opportunity to travel throughout Canada, the United States and most recently Europe to compete in various National and International races. Through my experiences I’ve learned the skills needed to help motivate and inspire others. Since my graduation I’ve focused my attention to helping people on PEI become educated about the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle.

Our Goal

The goal of PEI In Motion is to provide wellness opportunities for all ages, shapes, and sizes in a comfortable and fun atmosphere. Whether you are an active exercise enthusiast looking for a new routine, a runner or walker looking for a group training clinic or someone who hasn’t exercised before, PEI In Motion has a place for you! I strive toward a healthy PEI by providing professional instruction, guidance and advice to help every single person reach their potential.


My vision is to give you a challenging, and fun experience from start to finish. Whatever your fitness goals may be, let me help you get in motion!

Stanley Chaisson

Certified Kinesiologist

PEI In Motion

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All the very best in this new venture Stan.
We've enjoyed watching how successful you have been personally
and how much you've already contributed to the success of others.
I expect PEI In Motion will do very, very well
and many Islanders will be all the better for it

Alex is working on a testimonial for you....

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Kensington Harvest Festival 25K - a Personal Best

"Stanchel to Kensington, tough, hilly course through some of P.E.I.’s most scenic countryside"

It was cloudy and raining and 14 degrees.

The hilly and countryside course along between Stanchel and Kensington.

The big hill climb after 1 mile mark of race, turn right in Kinkora after 10km mark of race.

Half way mark time of 1:07:56 and second half a little faster finish in 2:14:14 came in 41st out of 56 runners, my personal best by more than 10 minutes in 2005. My ribs are O.K

Stanley Chaisson shattered the course record by less than three minutes of Alex Coffin of Saint John in 1998 and Jen Nicholson of Cornwall for top female. Stan's time was 1:25:51.

Official Results: 41st out of 56
25K in 2:14:14
Harvest Fest Run 2006
Harvest Fest Run 2005
Harvest Fest Run 2004

(Finish line photos and photo below of Stan by Deborah Mutch)

Chaisson shatters record
At Harvest Festival 25-kilometre road race
The Journal Pioneer

KENSINGTON -- Stanley Chaisson made his first Harvest Festival road race a memorable one here Saturday morning.

The 25-year-old Charlottetown resident shattered the 25-kilometre course record by two and a half minutes in the 34th annual event.

Chaisson’s record-setting time was one hour 25 minutes 51 seconds (1:25:51). Alex Coffin of Saint John, N.B., held the previous mark of 1:28:21.

"I met up with a group of runners last week in Summerside at the Source for Sports 10K, and a few of the older guys said, ‘You can’t really call yourself a runner until you do the 25K Harvest Festival,’" said Chaisson following the awards presentations inside Community Gardens. "I was up for the challenge and I’m a pretty competitive guy. I found out what the record was and my motivation today was to see if I could come close to it.

"It ended up being quicker and I felt really good."

Jen Nicholson of Cornwall was the top female runner, stopping the clock in 1:52:45. She was 12th overall.

Edna Vloet, 50, also entered the run’s history books as she became the first female ever to win the 50 and over category. Her time was 2:12:38, good enough for 37th overall.

The "killer course" is described as a "tough, hilly course through some of P.E.I.’s most scenic countryside" on the P.E.I. Roadrunners Club website. The race began in Stanchel and finished in front of the Gardens.

A total of 56 runners participated.

Be sure to check out Monday’s print edition of the Journal Pioneer for complete story, including in-depth interviews with Chaisson and Nicholson.
A record-setting performance
Chaisson shatters 25-kilometre Harvest Festival road race standard

The Journal Pioneer

Stanley Chaisson approaches the finish line
in his record-setting performance at the 34th
annual Harvest Festival 25-kilometre road race
Saturday morning. Chaisson’s time was
one hour 25 minutes 51 seconds (1:25:51).

KENSINGTON — The Community Harvest Festival road race has been dubbed the “killer course” for years, but Stanley Chaisson is the new “course killer.”

The Charlottetown resident and native of Bear River, near Souris, set a new course record for the gruelling 25-kilometre race Saturday morning. Chaisson, 25, stopped the clock in one hour 25 minutes 51 seconds (1:25:51), shaving two and a half minutes off Alex Coffin’s 1:28:21 record.

“I met up with a group of runners last week in Summerside at the Source for Sports 10K, and a few of the older guys said, ‘You can’t really call yourself a runner until you do the 25K Harvest Festival,’” said Chaisson, a personal trainer at UPEI.

“I was up for the challenge. I’m a pretty competitive guy, I found out what the record was and my motivation today (Saturday) was to see if I could come close to it.

“It ended up being quicker and I felt really good.”

Chaisson, who led the 56-runner field right from the start, finished just under 11 minutes ahead of the second-place finisher, Scott Clark (1:36:33). John Bil was third overall in 1:38:32.

“I’ve heard many horror stories about the course, so I took it slow in the beginning,” said Chaisson. “The first 5K was really tough with some tough hills. Then I felt pretty good at about 15K, and I felt as long as there are no more huge, huge inclines I’ll be OK.”

Jen Nicholson, 38, of Cornwall was the top female, finishing 12th overall in 1:52:45. Sarah MacKinnon (1:55:05), 15th overall, and Allie Keedwell (1:56:47), 17th overall, rounded out the top three female finishers.

“It was my first time doing this race,” said Nicholson. “It’s very challenging, fun and interesting.”

Edna Vloet, 50, also entered the race’s history books, becoming the first-ever female to win the 50 and over category. Her time was 2:12:38 — 37th overall.

Nicholson, who ran most of the race with Keedwell, was “very pleased” with her time.

A school teacher, Nicholson said she did not do any extra hill training in preparation for the race.

“I hadn’t really planned going in this one,” said Nicholson.

“We’re in Cornwall and there are lots of hills, and I usually train with hills anyway.”

Chaisson, who says he was very accurate with his pace, was keeping his own time and knew exactly where he stood coming home.

“The last 5K I knew I had a shot at the record at that point, so I was like, ‘I have to get going, I have to get moving,’” said Chaisson.

“The last kilometre was very nice because it was like a gradual downhill, so I cruised into the finish.”

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Running For Autism
Not Against It
acceptance not cure

Friday, August 17, 2007

Gold Cup Trot

" Flat and fast through downtown Charlottetown, portion of race on the Gold Cup Parade route"

It was cloudy and 18 degrees.

The first 3km of race out in top 10 and then sore rib and walk twice.

Finish in 23:05 came in 28th out of 76 runners.

Ryan Doucette and Susan Trainer for top male and top female.

I saw Karen Ross and heard people cheer for me.

Harvest Festival 25km, the longest running road race in PEI is tomorrow. My rib is O.K. and drink alot and be O.K.

Official Result: 28th out of 76
5K in 23 minutes, 5 seconds
Gold Cup Trot 2006
Gold Cup Trot 2005
Gold Cup Trot 2004

Gold Cup Trot & Parade Route Maps
I Love the Midway - Old Home Week

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Running For Autism
Not Against It
acceptance not cure

Training for P.E.I. marathon through dog days of summer

Training for P.E.I. marathon through dog days of summer
Dehydration punishing lesson learned as training program enters high-intensity weeks
The Guardian
Editor’s Note: Cheryl Paynter of Charlottetown is busily training for the upcoming Prince Edward Island Marathon. She will be writing a regular column on her preparations leading up to the event Oct. 13-14. Following is her first column offering advice to other novice runners on how to train for the event.

A marathon? Mid-life crisis? How far is a marathon anyway? Don’t you have be an elite athlete to attempt this?
Not all marathoners are elite and fanatical runners.
For instance, I am not qualifying for the prestigious Boston marathon anytime soon and I consistently finish in the bottom third of road races I enter.
I am an average runner. I have a very busy professional life, a busy family and enjoy doing many other things besides running.
Despite the above, I truly love being in the company of other like-minded, positive, and active people. I cannot say no to the mental and physical challenge of the marathon and actually quite enjoy the training period leading up to race day. To me, running contributes to a positive mindset and lifestyle.
The upcoming Prince Edward Island Marathon will be my third full marathon, and the anniversary of my first marathon.
Like most runners, I am following an 18-week training program that gradually increases both in intensity and distance.
The last few weeks of training have been quite tough as I tried my best to keep on schedule through the dog days of summer.
Dehydration is probably the most important and most punishing lesson I have learned as of late.
Dehydration snuck up on me in my last long run and it felt like someone had drained every single ounce of energy from my body in a matter of seconds.
Shear pig-headedness and great running partners got me through to the end, but it took me the remainder of the day to recuperate and rehydrate.
Lesson learned. I will never let that happen again. I will carry water and Gatorade, plant water along the route in advance and take more in much earlier in the run.
I have also gone inside to run in the pool one day per week for the last couple of weeks to escape the heat.
Yes, in the pool. It is quite refreshing, I find that I get the same quality workout and it gives my joints a rest from the pounding on the roads.
It is also great for a laugh with my running group. By myself I would never stick with a workout like this, but with a group and proper instruction, pool running is something I very much now look forward to.
I belong to, and highly recommend, running with a group. It is a tremendous support network for those track and hill workouts and keeps me accountable to someone for my training.
My instructor, Stanley Chaisson, has a wealth of knowledge and experience and is a great motivator on nights, well, where I rather be somewhere, anywhere else.
The training program for the marathon is approaching its high intensity weeks.
I am trying to focus on getting lots of sleep and proper nutrition to prepare.
Over the course of the next 8-9 weeks, I will attempt to give you a glimpse of how the training program unravels and hope to see you all on Prince Edward Island Marathon weekend, Oct. 13-14. There is an event for everyone including dedicated walking events, a 10-km run, a
half and full marathon run and the popular corporate relay marathon.
It is not too late to start training to take part!

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Gold Cup Trot & Parade Maps

Further to Alex's post below "I LOVE the midway! - Old Home Week on PEI" here are the maps for Friday's Gold Cup Trot and the Gold Cup Parade. It's a whole different atmosphere for the runners to have most of the race route lined on both sides with cheering people. The Island being as small as it is, one hears many people being encouraged on by name from the sidelines, Alex sees (and hears from) a lot of people he knows along the course. Alex set his 5K personal best at this run in 2004, running it in 19:43.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Gruelling Harvest Festival road race Saturday morning - Journal Pioneer

Gruelling Harvest Festival road race Saturday morning
25-kilometre course begins in Stanchel, ends in Kensington

It will be a challenging test for roadrunners Saturday morning.

The 34th annual Kensington Community Harvest Festival road race will begin on Route 225 in Stanchel by the Church of Scotland, and finish in front of Community Gardens in Kensington. The 25-kilometre "killer course" is described as a "tough, hilly course through some of P.E.I.'s most scenic countryside" on the P.E.I. Roadrunners Club website.

Registration begins at the Church of Scotland at 8, with the starter sending the runners away at 9.

Alex Coffin of Saint John, N.B., holds the overall course record of one hour 28 minutes 21 seconds (1:28:21). Jane Beairsto of Sarnia, Ont., set the women's record of 1:45:01.

Scott Clark of Summerside (1:40:20) and Elaine Burkholder of Kensington (1:57:11) are the defending men's and women's champions. The top 50 and over finisher last year was Alex MacEachern of Dartmouth, N.S. (2:04:54).

The 2006 run attracted 56 participants, and organizers are hoping for another good turnout this year.

There will be water stations every five kilometres, and showers and refreshments will be available at the Gardens following the race.

Perfect record

One interesting statistic is Pam Power-McKenna of Charlottetown has won the female category all 13 times she has entered the Harvest Festival road race.

Don Pridmore, in 1983 and 1984, and John Goodwin, in 2001 and 2002, are the only runners to win the 25-kilometre race in back-to-back years.

Trophies will be presented to the top three male and female runners, and six pairs of running shoes will be presented through draws. All runners will be eligible for the running shoes.

T-shirts will be presented to the first 60 runners to register, and there are many other draw prizes as well.

All presentations will take place inside Community Gardens following the race.

The race is once again, sponsored by the Malpeque Bay Credit Union, which has been providing t-shirts since 1984, and the Kensington Lions Club, which has been providing eight pairs of running shoes for prizes since 1997. The top male and female runners also receive running shoes.

For more information, call race coordinator Ivan Gallant at 836-4124.

I LOVE the midway! - Old Home Week on PEI

It Old Home Week on PEI.

Tuesday I went to the midway.

I went ride on the Freak Out, Cliff Hangers,

Chaos, Zipper, Scrambler,

Ferris Wheel, Bumper Cars, Super Slide,

Mardi Gras and Tilt A Whirl.

Mom went on Freak Out twice and the ferris wheel. She wouldn't have a heart attack on her ride.

The best ride was Freak Out because swinging at 90 degrees angle and almost 180 degrees.

Inside we saw animals and ate pizza for supper.

We played bingo.

At 6:00 we went to Stonepark School to run intervals on the track with the Run UPEI class.

My next race is Friday before the Gold Cup Parade (then Sat. I run the 25K Kensington Harvest Fest run)

Friday, August 17, 2007
4th Annual Gold Cup Trot 5K
Distance: 5 K
Starting Time: 9:40 a.m. Sharp! Just prior to the parade
Registration: 8:00 a.m. Victoria Park by ball diamond, or pre-register at Proude's Shoes
Sponsor: Proude's Shoes and New Balance
Course Description: Flat and fast through downtown Charlottetown, portion of race on the Gold Cup Parade route

Gold Cup Parade on Friday
Thousands expected to line the route.

The Guardian

Thousands of people will pour into Charlottetown Friday morning to view more than 50 floats and 100 entries in the 46th annual Gold Cup Parade.
The parade begins at 10 a.m. from Queen Charlotte intermediate school and winds its way through the downtown core to Founders' Hall on Water Street.
In honour of their 75th anniversary of police service on P.E.I., the RCMP have been selected as this year's parade marshal.
The RCMP pipe band and Musical Ride will lead off the event, followed by the usual assortment of floats, antique cars, horses, clowns, giant inflatables and Gold Cup ambassadors.
Bill Chandler, chair of the parade committee, said Friday's parade will take about 90 minutes to view the parade from any one vantage point.
"It looks like it will be a great parade, if the weather co-operates, but we're a go showers or no showers,' Chandler said.
The theme is Games People Play.
"You'll see all sorts of games, from video games to board games, card games, game shows on TV, sports games . . . all represented in the parade on different floats.'
The parade committee is again organizing its annual coin collection so volunteers will be accepting donations at their usual spots around Charlottetown and along the parade route itself.
"Take a toonie to the Gold Cup Parade, we'll be taking donations big and small,' Chandler said.
The parade day collection accounts for 25 per cent of the cost of operating the event. Various government agencies make up another 25 per cent and corporate donations take care of the rest. It costs about $55,000 to run the parade.
"We try to keep traffic moving smoothly, so be prepared. Have your donation ready, it will speed things up. It's a major source of funding so we hope everybody will come out and take a donation with them so we can keep going with the parade.'
As for the parade itself, the Community Clash is back, bigger and more colourful than ever and three pipe bands - RCMP, Belfast Pipe Band and College of Piping (fresh off a fourth-place finish in the 2007 World Piping and Drumming Championships in Glasgow, Scotland).
The concert band from Truro is coming over again and Nova Scotia is also sending over three majorette groups.
For those unable to make it out, EastLink Television will broadcast the parade live from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. to viewers in P.E.I., Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.
Chandler said the best viewing areas are on University Avenue, Grafton Street and Queen Street, areas where those handling the giant inflatable balloons don't have as many power lines to worry about.
There are four inflatable balloons in Friday's parade. Each of them requires 15 tanks of helium to inflate and up to 20 people on each of them to control.
Motorists are being asked to avoid a portion of North River Road on Friday. The section of North River Road, between Belvedere Avenue and McGill Avenue will be closed to traffic as of 7 a.m. on Friday to make room for all of the parade entries.

Parade Facts
  • Begins at 10 a.m. from Queen Charlotte intermediate school on North River Road.
  • Takes about 90 minutes to view it from start to finish.
  • More than 50 floats and more than 100 entries will be featured.
  • This year's theme is Games People Play.
  • Parade marshal is the RCMP, celebrating 75 years of police service on P.E.I.
  • It takes about $55,000 to run the parade. Coin collectors will be out at entry points to the city and along the parade route to accept donations. Donations account for 25 per cent of the overall cost.
  • The parade route takes entries along North River Road (from the school), Brighton Road, Euston Street, University Avenue, Grafton Street, Queen Street and Water Street (ending at Founders' Hall).
  • EastLink Television will broadcast the parade live from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. to viewers in the Maritimes who get EastLink.

Each August the Charlottetown Driving Park Entertainment Centre is the home of one of the major entertainment attractions in Canada - Old Home Week and the Gold Cup & Saucer.
The fastest horses and the best drivers in all of Eastern Canada converge at the CDPEC
for 15 racing programs in 9 days.
The Gold Cup & Saucer dates back to the early 1960’s.
It has become known as one of the most prestigious races in horse racing.

The horse racetrack from the ferris wheel

Gold Cup Trot & Parade Route Maps