Monday, August 31, 2009

Islanders at Ironman Canada - Results

Islanders at Ironman Canada

- 11:49:50 HUGHES, CORENA - STRATFORD - 16/141 W40-44
1:11:53(Swim) 6:11:39(Bike) 4:14:43(Run)
788 - 12:03:48 DICKIESON, SCOTT - CHARLOTTETOWN - 109/314 M45-49
1:10:03(Swim) 6:10:27(Bike) 4:33:22(Run)
1180 - 12:48:49 DALTON, PAUL - ST. EDWARD - 92/236 M50-54
1:25:03(Swim) 6:37:30(Bike) 4:31:02(Run)
1455 - 13:25:28 DALTON, PAULETTE - TORONTO - 40/73 W25-29
1:33:26(Swim) 7:02:42(Bike) 4:37:21(Run)

Full Results
Ironman Canada photos on Flickr: Here, here and here.

Diversity - The best part of the Canada Games

Alex & I spent 4 days at the UPEI Alumni Canada Games Place watching Track & Field.
Alex was volunteering half of each of those 4 days.

We both thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and witnessed some great competition.

The very best part for me was the diversity.

Athletics included Special Olympic athletes running sprints,

as well as wheelchair races.

I hope this trend grows and soon includes many more sports.
Currently Swimming and Athletics in the Summer Games and
Figure Skating and Basketball in the Winter Games
include Special Olympic and/or Paralympic athletes.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Friendship Run

It was cloudy and 14 degrees.

The Friendship Run for Prince County Hospital at Summerside.

The loop course on road and trail.

Mike MacKinnon won the race and set a race record of 34:12 and Jennifer Perry for the top female.

I finished in 43:11, came in 18 out of 107 runners and 2nd in 20-29 silver medal. Beating 29 seconds from last year.

My brother visit 2 weeks and came to watch the race.

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Official Result: 18th out of 107
10K in 43 minutes, 11 seconds

Friendship Run 2008
Friendship Run 2007
Friendship Run 2006
Friendship Run 2005
Friendship Run 2004

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Not Against It
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Friday, August 28, 2009

Thank You Jared Connaughton!

Jared Connaughton, 2005 Canada Summer Games Gold medalist and Olympic Sprinter visit Canada Games Place and meet me. He gave me his VIP tag. Thank You Jared!
I was on track team at Bluefield in grade 10 with Jared. He broke Provincial records.
Jared's UT Arlington Men's Track Team Profile

Thursday, August 27, 2009

This Saturday's Race - Friendship Run for Prince County Hospital

Friendship Run for Prince County Hospital
(Points Race)
Saturday, August 29, 2008

Distance: 10K
Starting Time: 9:00 am
Registration: 8:00 am - Wilmot Community Centre, Gillespie Ave, Summerside (find it on the Map)
Fee: $12.00 ($10.00 for RoadRunner Members)
Sponsor: Source for Sports
Fundraiser: Prince County Hospital
Contact: Michael Irvine, 436-6224,
Course Description: Scenic looped course through forest, Confederation Trail and streets of Summerside.
Race Map

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

P.E.I.'s 1st medal golden at Canada Games

Matthew Caseley wins Gold in Hammer Throw

P.E.I.'s 1st medal golden at Canada Games

Matthew Caseley speaks to the CBC after his golden performance in the hammer throw event Tuesday at the Canada Games. Matthew Caseley speaks to the CBC after his golden performance in the hammer throw event Tuesday at the Canada Games.

The host province of this year's Canada Games won its first medal Tuesday with a golden effort from Prince Edward Island's Matthew Caseley.

Caseley, of French River, captured the gold Tuesday afternoon in the hammer throw at UPEI Alumni Canada Games Place. The 21-year-old was in fifth place going into the final.

"I knew I was fairly close to a medal, but the gold? I was not expecting that whatsoever," an ecstatic Caseley told CBC News.

Fellow Islander Kurt McCormack followed up Caseley's win with a bronze medal in the triple jump. McCormack, 21, from Souris, attends Dickinson State University in North Dakota.

The national sporting event showcasing Canada's amateur athletes is taking place in P.E.I. until Aug. 29.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Canada Games Volunteering

Results Runner - Athletics

Day 1 - Running results from the finish line to the results room

Day 2 - Sucking up the stats at the finish line

Day 3 - The 2 finish line results runners: Alex MacBain & Alex Bain !

Day 4 - Olympic sprinter Jared Connaughton and Alex
(former teammates on the
2003 Bluefield High School Track team)

Our Photos from Athletics
and Volleyball

Evening at the track

Relay team misses medal

New Haven native Jared Connaughton takes the baton from Canadian teammate Oluseyi Smith while Jamaica’s Michael Frater hands his baton over to Usain Bolt at the start of the third leg of the men’s 4x100-metre relay final Saturday during the world track and field championships in Berlin. (Associated Press photo)

New Haven native Jared Connaughton takes the baton from Canadian teammate Oluseyi Smith while Jamaica’s Michael Frater hands his baton over to Usain Bolt at the start of the third leg of the men’s 4x100-metre relay final Saturday during the world track and field championships in Berlin. (Associated Press photo)

Relay team misses medal
Connaughton and teammates run
a seasonal best time in 4x100

Canwest News Service & The Associated Press

The Canadian 4x100 men’s relay team set a seasonal best time on Saturday at the world track and field championships in Berlin, but it wasn’t good enough to see the team head home with a medal.
The Canadian team, which includes Jared Connaughton of New Haven, finished the race in 38.39 seconds to grab fifth place overall.
The race was won by Jamaica — led by multi-world-record holder Usain Bolt. Jamaica cruised to the gold in 37.31 seconds. Trinidad and Tobago finished second with a time of 37.62, while Great Britain won bronze by finishing in 38.02.
The Canadian team also featured Sam Effah of Calgary, Oluseyi Smith of Ottawa, and anchor Bryan Barnett of Edmonton.
“To tell the truth, we were shooting for the podium,” said Barnett. “The last exchange could have been quicker . . . a season best though so you can’t complain too much, I guess.”
“There’s plenty of room to improve,” added Connaughton. “But 38.39, we’ll take it for now, but I think this is a 37 (second) team and I don’t think we could have said that two years ago.”
Jamaica also won the women’s 4x100 final on Saturday.
Bolt’s third gold medal of the championships failed to produce a third world record because the Jamaican 400-metre relay team only managed to produce the second-fastest time in history.
“It is a little bit my fault,” an apologetic Bolt said, complaining he was just too tired after nine races in eight days.
“I didn’t run the best third leg. I was happy to get around the track and give the baton to Asafa,” he said. “I am dying right now.”
Compounding Bolt’s fatigue was Asafa Powell’s groin injury, which made the anchor runner uncertain until one hour before the start.
Since the Beijing Olympics, Bolt had won five major gold medals with a world record each time. The world record streak ended in the 400 relay after he set two individual marks in Berlin.
“The main thing that counted was getting the gold,” Bolt said.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

The Desmond Baglole Scenic Road Run

It was cloudy and raining and 23 degrees.

The Scenic 15km run in Millvale.

The loop course on tough hills and road.

Steven Baglole won the race and Rebecca Pike for the top female.

I finished in 1:14:03 and beat 49 seconds from last year and came in 13th out of 30 runners.

The three days run was completed. Paul Burnley also ran all three runs.

Paul & I run 3 races in 3 days

Francis, Mike, Shawn & Nancy ran the course twice .
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Official Result: 13th out of 30
15K in 1 hour, 14 minutes, 3 seconds

Scenic Road Run 2008
Scenic Road Run 2007

The week 2 volunteering at UPEI track in Athletics at Canada Games on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 4-8pm.

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Saturday, August 22, 2009

The Run before Hurricane Bill - Kent Building Supplies 7K

It was cloudy and windy and 26 degrees.

The Kent Building Supplies 7km run at Bloomfield.

The loop course on Mill River East and Guard road and highway.

Dakota Cameron won the race and Jennifer Perry for the top female.

I finished in 30:43 and came in 7th out of 32 runners.

Tomorrow the hurricane Bill hit Atlantic Canada.

Tomorrow I supposed to run the Desmond Baglole Scenic Run in the morning and in the afternoon meeting volunteering for Canada Summer Games.

Official Result: 7th out of 32
7K in 30 minutes, 43 seconds

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Kent Building Supply Run 2008
Kent Building Supply Run 2007

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Connaughton, teammates reach relay final
Connaughton, teammates reach relay final
The Guardian

The Canadian 4x100-metre men’s relay team ran a season-best time and qualified for today’s final at the 2009 world track and field championships in Berlin, Germany.

Jared Connaughton, a New Haven native, ran the third leg behind Hank Palmer, Oluseyi Smith and in front of anchor Bryan Barnett as Canada finished third in its heat in a time of 38.60 seconds.
Today’s final goes at 3:50 p.m. AT.
The United States had the fastest heat time at 37.97.
Great Britain, Trinidad and Tobago, Japan, Italy, France and Jamaica also reached the final.
Canada and the Jamaicans tied for the slowest qualifying time (38.60).
They will run side by side in today’s final.
It’s another medal shot for Connaughton, who earlier in the week was disqualified from the 200-metre after stepping out of his lane during his second-round heat.
His time of 20.80 would have moved him into the semifinals.
Jamaican Usain Bolt won the 200-metre in a world record time of 19.19 but did not run in the relay.

Friday, August 21, 2009

2nd Best Ever 5K - The Gold Cup Trot

It was sun and cloud and 22 degrees.

The Gold Cup Trot at Victoria Park.

The 5km loop course on Victoria, parade route and Charlottetown.

Sam Mason won the race and Kristen Newman for the top female.

I finished in 20:12 and came in 10th out of 72 runners and 2nd best time ever in 5km time at Gold Cup Trot.

This weekends I run 7km at Bloomfield and 15km in Millvale if Hurricane Bill allows.

Official Result: 10th out of 72
5K in 20 minutes, 12 seconds

Gold Cup Trot 2008
Gold Cup Trot 2007
Gold Cup Trot 2006
Gold Cup Trot 2005
Gold Cup Trot 2004

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Deborah Mutch's/PEI RoadRunner Photos

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Islander runs in relay event today at worlds

Islander runs in relay event today at worlds
Connaughton runs the third leg on the 4x100-metre team
The Guardian

The show goes on for Jared Connaughton of New Haven at the 2009 world track and field championships in Berlin when he competes today in opening heats of the 4x100-metre men’s relay.

Canada’s heat begins at 2:38 p.m. AT.
Connaughton runs the third leg.
The Canadian team, which also includes Sam Effah, Seyi Smith and Bryan Barnett, ran a 38.63 at a warmup meet in Düsseldorf, Germany, earlier this month.
Tuesday, Connaughton was disqualified from the 200 metres after stepping out of his lane during his second-round heat.
His time of 20.80 would have moved him into the semis.
Connaughton said on his Twitter page he was disappointed — “I was ready to make that damn final” — but is looking ahead to today’s event.
The United States is the defending 4x100-metre champion (37.78).
Jamaica, with Usain Bolt, holds the world record (37.10), set at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
The United States holds the event record time of 37.40, set in 1993.
The final is Saturday at 3:50 p.m. AT.
Bolt won the 200-metre final on Thursday in a world-record time of 19.19.
Connaughton returns to P.E.I. after the worlds for week two of the 2009 Canada Summer Games.
He won two gold medals (100 and 200 metres) at the 2005 Games in Regina, Sask.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Canada Games News

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Connaughton disqualified

Connaughton disqualified

The Guardian

Canada's Jared Connaughton, of New Haven, P.E.I., reacts after being disqualified after a men's 200m second-round heat during the World Athletics Championships in Berlin on Tuesday. Connaughton finished second in his heat, but was later disqualified for a line violation. (Associated Press photo)

This weekend's Races - Gold Cup Trot, Kent Building Supplies Run & Desmond Baglole Scenic Road Run

Three races this weekend: Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 5K, 7K and a scenic, hilly 15K
the prettiest start/finish line on the RoadRunner schedule

Gold Cup Trot 5K
Friday August 21, 2009

Starting Time: 9:40 a.m. sharp, just prior to parade
Registration: 8:00 a.m. at Victoria Park Ball Diamond Clubhouse (Find it on the Map) or pre-register at Proude's Shoes
Preregister at Proude's Shoes and qualify for an early-bird draw for a pair of running shoes
Fee: $10.00
Sponsor: Proude's Shoes/Atlantic Superstore
Fundraiser: President's Choice Children's Charity
Contact: Rob MacKenzie 902-675-2769
Special Instruction or Notice: Plan on arriving early as parts of downtown are closed for the parade.
Course Description: A flat fast course on part of the Gold Cup Parade route, with thousands of
spectators to cheer you on!!!


Kent Building Supplies Run 7K
(Points Race)
Saturday August 22, 2009

Starting Time: 9:00 a.m.
Registration: 8:15 a.m. at Kent Building Supplies, Bloomfield (Find it on the Map)
Fee: $10.00
Sponsor: Kent Building Supplies
Fundraiser: Breast Cancer
Contact: Randy Allain (902)882-3467 (h) (902)432-5257 (w)
Kent Store (902)859-4291
Special Instruction or Notice: Great run for all abilities
Course Description: Looped course with small hilly sections around Mill River East, Bloomfield
Industrial Park, Hwy 2

Kent 7K run slated for this Saturday
The Journal Pioneer

BLOOMFIELD – Runners are encouraged to attend the third annual Kent Building Supplies Run scheduled for this Saturday at the Kent Store in Bloomfield.
“We’re not only encouraging runners to attend this event but we are also encouraging those that have been impacted by breast cancer to come out and show their support,” said Randy Allain, one of the event’s co-ordinators. “I lost my mother to Breast Cancer and through our family’s participation in the Run for the Cure we hope that we can assist in eliminating this disease through our fundraising efforts.”
Registration begins at 8:15 a.m. with the run starting at 9 a.m. The seven-km looped course will see participants leave the Kent Store parking lot running along Route 145 through Mill River East, turning left onto the Gard Road, then turning left onto Highway 2 and heading back to the Kent parking lot to the finish line.
The course was designed with safety in mind as there will be no need for participants to cross any roads.
A water station will be set up at the midway point and refreshments and prizes will be provided at the end of the run.
Registration is $10 per participant with all proceeds going to help fight breast cancer.
The event is being organized by Jean’s Dream Team who once again will be raising funds for their participation in the CIBC Run for the Cure.
There will also be a donation box set up for those wishing to make a donation without doing the run.
For the first time the run will be a points race for members of the PEI Roadrunners Club.
“I have been in contact with a lot of runners and they heard it was a great course so they are going to come out and participant this year,” said Allain.


Desmond Baglole Scenic Road Run 15 K
(Points Race)
Sunday August 23, 2009

Starting Time: 10:00 AM
Registration: 9:00 AM at Millvale, at intersection of Route 239 and 231 (Find it on the Map)
Fee: $15.00
Fundraiser: Holland College Bursary
Sponsor: Proude’s Shoes
Contact: Paul Baglole 566-4834 (h) or 368-6334 (w)
Course Description: Hilly, challenging course mostly on unique PEI red dirt Scenic Heritage Roads
Race Map

Monday, August 17, 2009

Canada Games Results

Click on the link below for all results

Canada Games Results

Heat doesn’t deter runners from tackling 'Killer Course'

Heat doesn’t deter runners from tackling 'Killer Course'

Alex Coffin approaches the finish line of the 36th annual Harvest Festival 25K Road Race in Kensington Saturday. Coffin was the overall winner in one hour 31 minutes 56 seconds (1:31:56). Jason Simmonds/Journal Pioneer

Alex Coffin approaches the finish line of the 36th annual Harvest Festival 25K Road Race in Kensington Saturday. Coffin was the overall winner in one hour 31 minutes 56 seconds (1:31:56). Jason Simmonds/Journal Pioneer

Coffin wins third Harvest Festival race since 1998

The Journal Pioneer

KENSINGTON – Alex Coffin drew from many years of experience to win his third Harvest Festival 25K Road Race since 1998 on Saturday morning.
Coffin, a 40-year-old native of Saint John, N.B., was the first of a record field of 70 runners to hit the finish line, coming in at one hour, 31 minutes, 56 seconds (1:31:56). The 36th annual race, dubbed the “Killer Course” for its challenging hills, began in Stanchel and finished in front of Community Gardens.
“I’m a race organizer myself and people always complain if you have a hilly course,” said Coffin. “I actually really appreciate it, (race director) Ivan Gallant does a great job and any chance I get to do this race I like to do it.”
Rebecca Pike, 23, was the top female, finishing 14th overall in 1:57:22, and Gary Simmonds, 50, was the top 50-and-over runner in 1:54:38, 13th overall.
A tough course to run in the best of conditions, runners also had to deal with extremely hot temperatures. Coffin said the most challenging part is the first 5K.
“Those are the steepest hills and there are two monsters right away,” said Coffin. “The first two miles are a killer.”
Stanley Chaisson, who set the current course record of 1:25:51 in 2007, led early and finished second overall in 1:33:12 Ironically, it was Coffin’s course record of 1:28:21 set in 1998 that Chaisson broke.
Mark McCosham (1:41:26), Rob MacKenzie (1:42:23) and Scott Clark (1:43:51) rounded out the top five.
“Stanley was really strong on the hills,” said Coffin, who also won the 2004 run in 1:32:54. “I just tried to hang with him and I respect Stanley an awful lot. I know how fast he is. . .
“I didn’t want to get into a boxing match that way. I let him take the hills hard and tried to stay steady, and then I thought I’d make my move at about the halfway mark. It wasn’t as much a move as it was just staying steady because it was so hot.”
Coffin passed Chaisson at “about the eight-mile mark” and followed through on his strategy.
“I’ve run it (race) before and knew what I had to deal with,” said Coffin. “With Stanley being so fast on the hills, I tried to be more steady, not panic and stay within range of him.”
As for dealing with the hot conditions, Coffin, who also won the 11.667-kilometre Dunk River Run in Central Bedeque on July 19 in 40:18, said he was more conservative than normal and drank as much water as he could.
“I ran two marathons down in Barbados and I’ve run in the 30s before,” he added. “I kept thinking of that.”

Rebecca Pike surges to the finish line of the 36th annual Harvest Festival 25K Road Race in Kensington on Saturday morning. Pike was the top female runner in one hour 57 minutes 22 seconds (1:57:22). Jason Simmonds/Journal Pioneer

Rebecca Pike surges to the finish line of the 36th annual Harvest Festival 25K Road Race in Kensington on Saturday morning. Pike was the top female runner in one hour 57 minutes 22 seconds (1:57:22). Jason Simmonds/Journal Pioneer

Pike enjoys successful debut

The Journal Pioneer

KENSINGTON – Rebecca Pike had a memorable debut at the 36th annual Community Harvest Festival 25K Road Race on Saturday morning.
The 23-year-old from near Pittsburgh, Pa., was the top-placing female runner in one hour 57 minutes 22 seconds (1:57:22). She was 14th overall out of the record field of 70 runners.
“It was a good challenge and I really liked it,” said Pike, who began a grad program in bio medical sciences, with a focus on marine natural products, in February at the Atlantic Veterinary College in Charlottetown.
Sarah MacKinnon was the second female to hit the finish line in 2:02:48, 21st overall, and Allie Keedwell was third in 2:04:22, 28th overall.
Jen Nicholson, who set the female record of 1:42:02 last year, did not run.
Pike, who resides in Charlottetown and is a big fan of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Steelers, admitted the course’s tough early hills, along with hot temperatures, provided challenges.
“I bought this water belt yesterday (Friday) evening because everybody was telling me I should have one for long runs,” said Pike. “I’m so glad I did, even though I spent a lot of money, because I wouldn’t have been able to make it through the first 10 or so kilometers without it.”
Pike, who admitted she needs to do more hill training, also developed a few new fans along the route.
“The first 10 kilometres or so was really hilly and it went by quickly because my mind was occupied with just wanting to get over the hills,” said Pike. “Then about mile nine or 10, I was, ‘Oh my gosh, I need water.’
“I had a little bit of tea with honey in it (in her water belt), but I just wanted some water dumped on myself because it was so hot. There was a family along the side of the road and they gave me some water that I dumped on myself, and every few kilometres after that they drove past and offered me water to keep dumping on myself.
“The last five or so kilometers was a bit long and everyone was saying, ‘It’s just around the corner.’
“I kept going and going and it wasn’t around the corner. When I saw the end it was a pretty good feeling.”

High praise for Harvest Fest Run

Recently, (Aug. 15) I ran in the Harvest Festival Run. It was a gruelling 25-kilometre course with many hills at the beginning and extreme heat all the way through.
Although I’ve been racing competitively for 29 years this ranks as one of my most challenging races ever. I felt fortunate to have completed my first attempt at this race in 2:12:12.
I almost certainly will run this well organized race again.
Alex Coffin, who won the race, had an impressive time of 1:31:56.
The race, which began in Stanchel and finished near the Community Gardens in Kensington.
Race co-co-ordinator Even Gallant and the volunteers, especially those passing out the water, did an outstanding job.
The post-race awards and reception inside the Community Gardens was professionally done. It’s nice to see an award for the 50-plus person with the best time.
A lot of class was shown for the runner who came in last with a dedication award for fighting off a number of obstacles (including blindness) to compete in the race. I spoke to him at the end of the race and his determination was inspiring.
I am from Newfoundland and have had many opportunities to visit your scenic province. I’ve always enjoyed it here and my training runs and races here have been extra special.
In two Prince Edward Island marathons I’ve been able to qualify for the Boston Marathon.
Running here has given me a unique perspective. The breath-taking scenery has given me a different runner’s high.
Thank you Prince Edward Island for giving me the opportunity to race here now and I’m sure in the foreseeable future.

Barry Ploughman

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Connaughton ready for double

Connaughton ready for double
Islander to run in the 200-metre and 4x100-metre events
at the world track and field championships in Germany

The Guardian

It’s a sprinting double-dip for Jared Connaughton at the world track and field championships, which begin today in Germany.
The New Haven native races in the men’s 4x100-metre relay and Team Canada coaches last week entered him in the men’s 200-metre.
Heats begin Tuesday at 5:05 a.m. AT in the 200 metres.
It’s a race Connaughton’s only ran three times this season, the second a silver finish at the Canadian championships in late June (20.78) and the third a season-best of 20.68 to win the 200-metre in a tune up meet in Düsseldorf, Germany, last week.
Neither were strong enough for the 20.59 qualifying standard, but he got the thumbs up anyway.
“Because of my world ranking and performances from (the 2008 Olympics in) Beijing last year, and my placing at nationals, the coaches decided to give me the nod to run anyhow. And rightfully so,” Connaughton said. “I believe that I’m the best 200-metre runner in Canada and I hope to represent Canada well in Berlin."
Bryan Barnett won the national 200-metre title in 20.71, but that’s far off Usain Bolt’s world record time of 19.30.
The Jamaican set the new mark at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China, last summer.
American Tyson Gay is the defending world 200-metre champ (19.76).
Gay has a season-best 200-metre time of 19.58 while Bolt is a blink behind at 19.59.
Last month, five Jamaicans, all who had qualified for the worlds, tested positive at the Jamaican national trials in June.
Bolt wasn’t one of the five which includes four men and a women.
Meanwhile, heats in the 4x100-metre start Friday at 2:30 p.m. AT.
The final is Saturday is 3:50 p.m. AT.
Canada ran a 39.43 at the Okasa worlds in 2007 after baton passing problems led to a last-place finish.
Still, the team rebounded at the Olympics and finished sixth in the final, Canada’s best finish since a gold in 1996.
At the Düsseldorf meet, Connaughton with teammates Sam Effah, Seyi Smith and Barnett ran a 38.63.
Connaughton, who runs the third leg, said Canada’s good roll might continue.
“Our chance in the 4x100-metre team this season is very high. I think that we have an other three or four-10ths of a second to take off that time,” he said. “So I hate to predict times, but I think we can run 38.0 to 38.2.”
The Jamaicans, with Bolt, set another world record at the Olympics (37.10).
The United States, with Gay, is the defending 4x100-metre champion (37.78). The U.S. holds the event record time of 37.40 set in 1993.
Connaughton returns to P.E.I. after the worlds for week two of the 2009 Canada Summer Games.
He won two gold medals (100 and 200 metres) at the 2005 Games in Regina.
Connaughton’s schedule at the worlds (all times AT):
* Aug. 18 - 200-metre heats, 5:05 a.m.; 200-metre quarter-finals, 1:55 p.m.
* Aug. 19 - 200-metre semifinals, 2:25 p.m.
* Aug. 20 - 200-metre final, 3:35 p.m.
* Aug. 21 - 4x100-metre relay heats, 2:30 p.m.
* Aug. 22 - 4x100-metre relay final, 3:50 p.m.

Run 4 Wishes raises almost $38,000

Transcontinental Media

SUMMERSIDE – Thanks to the generosity of Islanders, four P.E.I. youngsters will each have their wish granted.
During last week’s Run 4 Wishes, the HMCS Charlottetown crew collected, at last count, close to $38,000 for P.E.I.’s chapter of the Children’s Wish Foundation.
“My heart has never felt so proud in my life to be part of P.E.I.,” said Canadian Navy sub lieutenant Joe Chaput, the event’s fundraising chair. “I personally felt I was welcomed into every community that we went in to.”
Run 4 Wishes is a five-day tip-to-tip run that helps fundraise to grant wishes to children battling serious or terminal illnesses.
The event, organized the past seven years by crew of HMCS Charlottetown who run each leg, has now collected more than $160,000 —the equivalent of 16 wishes — for the charity.
Island Sobeys this year alone fundraised $13,000 through barbecues, in-store events and the at-the-cash top-up option.
“These people did so much for us,” said Chaput. “It was incredible.”
Weather played a huge part in the event’s success this year. Temperatures were warm and skies sunny throughout most of the week.
“It brought out the sponsorship that we were looking for,” said Chaput. “Mind you it made it somewhat difficult for the team, getting 30 plus degree temperatures plus high humidity.”
But the 21 crew members of the HMCS Charlottetown who ran the route pushed through heat, blistered feet and aching muscles to reach their goal.
“Even though they were sore and achy . . . every single one of these guys and girls had a smile on their face,” said Chaput.
He was honoured to meet some the Children’s Wish kids and their families.
“My personal highlight had to be the helicopter ride we were able to get for the Wish kids. To see this one little boy, Dixon, before he was very, very nervous. He was very shy,” added Chaput. “But when we stepped off that helicopter after 30 minutes the self-confidence this little boy had was absolutely incredible.”

P.E.I. puts on a show for the entire country - 2009 Canada Games Opening ceremonies

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2009 Canada Games Opening ceremonies features music, dance and Canada’s best young athletes who are ready to compete

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Summerside's Taylor Mundy gives a step while fiddler Cynthia MacLeod plays during the opening ceremonies Saturday of the 2009 Canada Games. Nancy MacPhee/Journal Pioneer
Summerside's Taylor Mundy gives a step while fiddler Cynthia MacLeod plays during the opening ceremonies Saturday of the 2009 Canada Games. Nancy MacPhee/Journal Pioneer

SUMMERSIDE – It was Prince Edward Island’s time to shine on the national stage.

Saturday, thousands of athletes, coaches, family and supporters crammed into Credit Union Place for the opening of the 2009 Canada Games.

And they were treated to quite a show, from a rendition of the national anthem by East Coast Music Award winners, the Grass Mountain Hobos, to a rockin’ performance by Two Hours that had athletes on their feet and pumped to compete.

The two-and-a-half-hour production rivaled any awards show going, with flashy dance numbers, video clips, upbeat performances and all the bells and whistles.

But it was the athletes, on the Island to compete in the first-ever province wide Games, who were truly the stars of the show.

“So many of the athletes who are your role models, those whom you’ve admired since childhood, have competed in the Canada Games in summer and in winter,” said Governor General Michaelle Jean, who officially opened the Games. “But today it is your turn. It is your turn to make your way . . . your turn to stand shoulder to shoulder with our country’s very best, your turn to show the nation what you’ve got.”

The show, televised live on TSN, attracted ministers of Sport from all provinces and territories, various dignitaries, including the Governor General and Prime Minister Stephen Harper and media from across the country.

There were performances by the cast of Highland Storm: The Gael, the Confederation Centre’s Young Company, fiddling sensation Cynthia MacLeod, Chuck & Albert, Meaghan Blanchard, who belted out the Games’ official song “Look Out World” and numerous others.

It was an eclectic mix of P.E.I. culture, one that offered up a slice of what P.E.I. has to offer and had Canada’s best young athletes on their feet, cheering and applauding.

But the loudest cheers were saved for the athletes.

Ushered in by province, athletes and coaches were greeted by thunderous applause, camera flashes and cheers – the loudest for the home team.

Proudly carrying the Island flag, Summerside’s Andrew Costa and the rest of Team P.E.I. were the last to enter and were greeted by a standing ovation.

Since Canada Games’ inception more than four decades ago, 90,000 coaches, officials and volunteers have supported nearly 50,000 young Canadian athletes in their quest for excellence at the Canada Games.

“When I look out at these young people here, what a great country we are going to have long into the future,” said Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

“Over the next two weeks thousands of visitors from across our country will get a chance to cheer on the next generation of world-class Canadian athletes. And they will do it enjoying the natural beauty of this Island and the unparalleled hospitality of those who call it home.”

Premier Robert Ghiz said hosting the Games has been a collaborative effort of Islanders from tip to tip. It’s now time this province’s time to shine.

“We’ve worked hard to ensure that over the next two weeks Canadians will enjoy the legendary hospitality of Prince Edward Island,” said Ghiz. “We are excited. We are proud. We are looking forward to the next two weeks.”

Summerside Mayor Basil Stewart encouraged athletes and coaches to ensure they take home warm memories of the city and the Island.

“We’re going to host the best Games ever here in Summerside and on Prince Edward Island,” said Stewart. “We have great facilities, great volunteers, great hospitality.”

Canada Games host society president Joseph Spriet put 1,930 days into planning the Canada Games. Saturday, he was ready to celebrate.

“It is a rare opportunity for any community or region in this country to host such a magnificent event as the Canada Games,” said Spriet. “There are few things that Canadians do voluntarily and with enthusiasm that bind this country together like this event.”

He added, “We have invited you to come and play on our Island. And now I invite all of you to play at your best and share the spirit of the 2009 Canada Games.”

The Island Games is the last for Canada Games Council chair Terry Smith.

He had these words for the athletes: “Perform, have fun, make friends and never forget the Canada Games.”

But the best words of advice came from Summerside native and Olympian Heather Moyse, who competed in the Canada Games in Brandon, Man., 1995.

She tried to put the Games into perspective, based on her experiences.

Moyse said the Games, for some, will be the pinnacle of their athletic career and, for others, just the beginning.

“When I look out into this whole sea of athletes what I see is endless potential,” she added. “These are your Games. Make what you want of them. Make yourself proud.”

Saturday, August 15, 2009

A Very Hot Kensington Harvest Festival 25K

It was sunny and hot and 30 degrees.

The longest running road race in PEI, 36 years.

The rolling hills course from Stanchel to Kensington.

Alex Coffin former course record holder won the race and beat current record holder Stanley Chaisson. Rebecca Pike for the top female.

I finished in 2:20:48 and came in 42nd out of 70 runners.

I won door prizes and new shoes.

I was very hot and put ice cubes on the cap.

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Official Result: 42nd out of 70
25K in 2 hours, 20 minutes & 48 seconds

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