Saturday, March 28, 2009

The New Charlottetown Bluefin 5K Fun Run/Walk

It was sunny and few clouds and 4 degrees.

After two weeks of heating, stretching and icing on Achilles I felt OK to run.

I ran on new shoes I won from Cox and Palmer last year and new bib number this year.

The 5km course at UPEI and on the trail.

I finished in 21:26 and came in 13th out of 74 runners.

I fell OK after keep on helping it get better.

Connor McGuire won the race and Rebecca Pike for the top female.

I going to Halifax to speak at a conference on World Autism Awareness Day on April 2.

I be home to run the W3 Race on Saturday. Hopefully for half marathon but the 10km if my Achilles isn't healthy.

Official Result: 13th out of 74
5K in 21 minutes, 26 seconds

More Photos

Running For Autism
Not Against It
acceptance not cure

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Achilles tendinitis - Missing the St. Patrick's Day Run

Alex is nursing Achilles tendinitis in his right Achilles and so will miss the St. Patrick's Day Run for Easter Seals on Saturday.

This is only the 5th run he'll have missed since he started running in the PEI RoadRunner races in May 2004.

No... he's not happy about it...

As well, I'm leaving town today for 2 weeks so we won't even be in attendance as fans or volunteers.

If all goes well, he'll be back in running shape when I get home in time for the new Charlottetown Bluephin 5K on March 28th at UPEI and ready to take on the WR3 Half-Marathon April 4th. (If he's not in half-marathon shape the WR3 offers a 10K and 5K as well). Online registration is now open for the WR3 races.

So get your green on people and head out to UPEI on Saturday....

The St. Patrick’s Day 5K Fun Run/Walk in aid of Easter Seals

Saturday, March 14, 2009
Distance: 5K
Starting Time: 9:00 a.m.
Registration: 8:00 a.m. at UPEI Sports Centre
Fundraiser: Easter Seals
Contact: Stanley Chaisson
Brodie O'Keefe
Course Description: Start at the University, down the Confederation trail to Mount Edward Road, down
Mount Edward to Belvedere and back on the trail to the University.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Saturday, March 7, 2009

2009 PEI RoadRunners Club Awards Banquet

PEI RoadRunners Club
31st Annual
Awards Banquet

Last night at The Charlottetown Legion was the PEI RoadRunners AGM and awards banquet.
Mom and dad and I went. There were lots of people.

Congratulations to all the winners!

Guest Speaker
Gretchen MacLean - Island Wellness Centre

Junior & Senior ADL/Sport PEI Athletes of the Year

~ Connor McGuire, Bev Walsh, Sandra Gregory ~
(missing from photo: Mike MacKinnon)

Proude's Shoes Most Improved Runner

~ Loretta Van Ekris ~

Cox & Palmer Rookie of the Year

~ Steven Baglole ~

Gemini Screen Print & Embroidery Volunteer of the Year

~ Randy Allain ~

Good Guys Auto Glass Female RoadRunner of the Year

~ Bev Walsh ~

Sporting Intentions Male RoadRunner of the Year

~ Leo McCosham ~

Ewen Stewart Inspirational Runner of the Year
(Sponsored by the PEI Marathon)

~ Paul Wright ~

Special PEI RoadRunners Lifetime Membership
awarded to

~ Rick West ~

More Photos

Write-ups on all the award winners

The Slideshow - PEI RoadRunners 2008
(Songs: "All The Things I Wasn't" by The Grapes of Wrath, "Hole Hearted" by Extreme,
"Return To Innocence" by Enigma and "Day By Day" by Doug and The Slugs.)

Friday, March 6, 2009

Halfway down the road to the Games

Halfway down the road to the Games
The Journal Pioneer

Only 161 days remain until the start of the 2009 Canada Games.
While it frightens him to admit it, Joseph Spriet’s confident the host committee is in “excellent shape” to host the two-week national sporting event.“It scares me to death to say that,” said the host committee president. “When you start thinking you’re in great shape, Murphy’s Law comes into play. I don’t want to see Murphy around anywhere.”
By all indications things are quickly falling into place for the August event.
Facilities at UPEI are 85 to 90 per cent complete. Montague’s new multi-million dollar recreation facility should be done by May 31, which comes as a big relief to organizers, and upgrades to existing facilities are either underway or complete.
Recently, the host committee and Slemon Park Corporation signed its venue agreement while the food services contract with Chartwells, which will serve up 100,000 meals over two weeks to the 4,400 athletes, was inked last week.
Both, as was the Montague complex, had been “red flags” for the committee.
The issue at Slemon Park was space for beds for athletes.
“We had to get to a point where Slemon Park and the host society could agree on the costs of either an apartment building, upgrading Building 48 to be able to host athletes and the other option, which was not too palatable, to bring in temporary facilities like trailers.”
With an agreement to renovate the existing building, “all of the other pieces” are now in place for the week one athletes’ village.With food services, cost was the issue.
“They’ve made some accommodations,” said Spriet.
“Our Games have always been mandated to be very athlete-centred. There’s no cutting back here.”
Next week, the host committee unveils its volunteer clothing and in the weeks that follow more staff will be hired.
While press conferences and facilities work are visible benchmarks, there’s much more going on behind the scenes that the public doesn’t see, said Spriet.
Twelve divisions, each with its own committee, have taken on a component of the Games, from services and turnaround to volunteers.
“We’re moving along very well,” added Spriet. “We feel we are in very good shape to stage the Games when August rolls around.”
There’s a contingency plan and a contingency fund in place if problems arise, both of which Spriet hopes won’t be used.
In July, the host committee will run through all the scenarios that its 12 committees could face during the Games and all systems will be tested.
“We can’t cover everything but we can try,” said Spriet.
“I think we’re in excellent shape.”

Thursday, March 5, 2009

UPEI student first Islander chosen to carry Olympic torch

UPEI student first Islander chosen to carry Olympic torch

The Guardian

Amanda Creamer, 19, of Charlottetown holds a model of the 2010 Winter Olympic torch in front of Province House. She was selected as the first of approximately 250 Islanders needed to carry the flame when it tours through P.E.I. in November. Guardian photo
Amanda Creamer, 19, of Charlottetown holds a model of the 2010 Winter Olympic torch in front of Province House. She was selected as the first of approximately 250 Islanders needed to carry the flame when it tours through P.E.I. in November. Guardian photo

Amanda Creamer of Charlottetown is the first Islander to be selected to carry the 2010 Olympic torch when it makes its tour of P.E.I. in late November this year.
One of the presenting sponsors of the Olympic torch tour is Coca-Cola and its team was on the Island this week. It is looking for members of the public to sign up for a chance to carry the flame on P.E.I. Nov. 22 and 23 this year.
There is an opportunity for 220-225 Islanders to carry the flame on one of the 400-metre legs. Of that number, the Coca-Cola public program will provide 75-80 Islanders. Others will be selected through a program run by RBC Financial.
One of Coca-Cola’s Olympic torch programs is called Sogo, a joint venture with ParticipAction for young people between the ages of 13 and 19. Sogo is aimed at encouraging young people to be active and members get a chance to be selected as a torchbearer.
“I went on the website, sogoactive, and I put my name in and it was drawn out randomly,” said Creamer, 19, of Charlottetown. “My mother told me about it and I decided to sign myself up.”
Creamer got the call last week saying she was the first Islander selected.
“I was very excited, nervous, all kinds of mixed emotions. I think it’s an amazing program, to give people an opportunity to be involved in the Olympics, which is such an amazing tradition. It is a very humbling and exciting experience.”
She will get a track suit for the time she carries the torch.
“I play softball, since I was four years old, and baseball and I love to bike and skate and all that stuff,” she said in an interview in Charlottetown Tuesday.
“I consider myself a pretty active person.”
The second-year UPEI student is a history major with plans to go into the international education program.