Saturday, June 25, 2011

10 Minutes Plus Off my Half-Marathon PB!

It was cloudy and 10 degrees.

The Fulton Campbell Memorial Run in Montague Consolidated School. The loop course on schools, Montague River, Sparrows Rd, Victoria Cross, Union Rd, New Perth, Georgetown Rd, Pooles Corners, Route 4 and Queens Rd.

Mike MacKinnon won the half marathon race and Rebecca Pike for the top female.

Mark Cullen won the Rick Minnikin 5km race and Kara Grant for the top female.

I finished in 1:28:04, beat my half marathon PB time, 10:27 faster than 2008 Fulton Campbell and came in 7th out of 64 runners.

Less than 1km to finish I trip over the laces and fell on gravel and cuts knees and hand was bleeding and kept running PB pace.

Official Result: 7th out of 64
Half Marathon in 1 hour, 28 minutes, 4 seconds

Thanks to Rick's Family
for keeping the connection & Rick's spirit
alive at this event.
We miss him very much.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

This Weekend's Races - Fulton Campbell Memorial Run Half Marathon and 5K for Rick Minnikin and 7th Annual Bennie Bernard Memorial 6K Run/Walk & 3K Kid

35th Annual Fulton Campbell Memorial Run
Half Marathon and 5K for Rick Minnikin

Points Race Half Marathon Only
Saturday, June 25, 2011

Start Time: 9:00 am
Registration: 8:00 am at Montague Consolidated School, Princess Drive, Montague
Fee: $10 for 5K, $20 for Half Marathon, free for kids under 16
Sponsor: Stewart McKelvey
Fundraiser: Local children with special needs
Contact: Kim Bailey - 368-9019
Course Description: The Half Marathon starts at MCS and proceeds through a residential area. The run then goes along the Montague River, towards Knox's Dam. Onto Queens Rd and then Union, the race become more rural. Take a right hand turn onto Rte #3 which will take you to Pooles Corner, hang a right onto Rte 4 . Bells Hill is just ahead! The race continues straight into Montague, at the intersection turn right onto Queen's Road, continue and then turn left at Princess Dr. Back at the School. The 5K race finishes on the Union Rd. Hilly, challenging...a little something for everyone!! Scenic and hilly
Course Map
Other Notes:The Half marathon is a Points Race. The 5K run is not a Points Race. Neat entrance gifts, post race BBQ with all the trimmings, door prizes drawn. Great value for your dollar.

7th Annual Bennie Bernard Memorial
6K Run/Walk & 3K Kids Run (10 & under)
Sunday, June 26, 2011

Start Time: 1:30 pm
Registration: 12:00 pm at the Palmer Road Church
Fee: $5.00
Fundraiser: Parish Fundraiser
Contact: Randy Allain 882-3467
Course Description: Out and back on Route 155, Thompson Road, Palmer Road. Nice run and event for all family members
Other Notes: The 3K kids run is a 1.5K out and back with safety for all participants the #1 priority of the organizers.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Islanders on the Run -The Johnny Miles

2(Place) - Scott Clark - 2/18(Division Place) - 2:53:46(Chip Time) - 4:09(Pace)
4(Place) - Leo McCosham - 4/18(Division Place) - 2:57:06*(Chip Time) - 4:13(Pace)
11(Place) - Francis Fagan - 1/7(Division Place) - 3:29:07*(Chip Time) - 4:59(Pace)
12(Place) - Beth Ellen Brown - 1/4(Division Place) - 3:29:44*(Chip Time) - 5:00(Pace)
13(Place - David Forsythe - 2/11(Division Place) - 3:34:37*(Chip Time) - 5:07(Pace)
14(Place) - James Mutch - 8/18(Division Place) - 3:34:48(Chip Time) - 5:07(Pace)
16(Place) - Michael Shea - 3/11(Division Place) - 3:36:24*(Chip Time) - 5:10(Pace)
22(Place) - Gary Simmonds - 6/11(Division Place) - 3:40:14(Chip Time) - 5:15(Pace)
49(Place) - David MacNeil - 10/11(Division Place) - 4:18:10(Chip Time) - 6:09(Pace)
52(Place) - Dianne Watts Pye - 3/5(Division Place) - 4:21:10(Chip Time) - 6:14(Pace)
60(Place) - Rick West - 5/7(Division Place) - 4:43:56(Chip Time) - 6:46(Pace)
63(Place) - Cathy Vaniderstine - 10/12(Division Place) - 4:53:32(Chip Time) - 7:00(Pace)
all results
38(Place) - Brenda Benson - 3/87(Division Place) - 1:39:08(Chip Time) - 4:44(Pace) 
74(Place) - Sarah-Jane Bell - 6/72(Division Place) - 1:46:20(Chip Time) - 5:04(Pace)
96(Place) - Pam Power Mckenna - 5/45(Division Place) - 1:48:13(Chip Time) - 5:10(Pace)
114(Place) - George Mutch - 17/46Division Place) - 1:52:26(Chip Time) - 5:22(Pace)
132(Place) - Darcy Fraser - 19/87(Division Place) - 1:52:58(Chip Time) - 5:23(Pace)
132(Place) - Darcy Fraser - 19/87(Division Place) - 1:52:58(Chip Time) - 5:23(Pace)
157(Place) - Rochelle Sullivan - 18/72(Division Place) - 1:56:38(Chip Time) - 5:34(Pace)
160(Place) - Vikki Woodhead - 19/72(Division Place) - 1:56:05(Chip Time) - 5:32(Pace)
174(Place) - Pamela Paquet - 28/87(Division Place) - 1:57:35(Chip Time) - 5:36(Pace)
181(Place) - Mike Murrins - 9/17(Division Place) - 1:58:17(Chip Time) - 5:38(Pace)
213(Place) - David Duffy - 31/39(Division Place) - 2:01:40(Chip Time) - 5:48(Pace)
218(Place) - Judy West - 10/45(Division Place) - 2:01:52(Chip Time) - 5:49(Pace)
230(Place) - Bria Brown - 15/32(Division Place) - 2:05:08(Chip Time) - 5:58(Pace)
239(Place) - Tracey Clements - 42/87(Division Place) - 2:04:25(Chip Time) - 5:56(Pace)
253(Place) - Ellen Panting - 17/32(Division Place) - 2:06:51(Chip Time) - 6:03(Pace)
254(Place) - Courtney Hughes - 18/32(Division Place) - 2:06:50(Chip Time) - 6:03(Pace)
257(Place) - Wayne Sherry - 34/39(Division Place) - 2:06:49(Chip Time) - 6:03(Pace)
270(Place) - Donna Crane - 50/87(Division Place) - 2:08:42(Chip Time) - 6:08(Pace)
273(Place) - Bertha Campbell - 15/45(Division Place) - 2:09:14(Chip Time) - 6:10(Pace)
277(Place) - Rose Murphy Cheverie - 16/45(Division Place) - 2:10:31(Chip Time) - 6:13(Pace)
278(Place) - Debby Hughes - 51/87(Division Place) - 2:09:48(Chip Time) - 6:11(Pace)
292(Place) - Gwyn Bellefontaine - 56/87(Division Place) - 2:11:13(Chip Time) - 6:15(Pace)
293(Place) - Paula Pickering - 43/72(Division Place) - 2:11:18(Chip Time) - 6:16(Pace)
294(Place) - Leanne MacDonald - 44/72(Division Place) - 2:11:07(Chip Time) - 6:15(Pace)
334(Place) - Aleatha Pickering - 26/45(Division Place) - 2:17:52(Chip Time) - 6:34(Pace)
340(Place) - Robbie Hicken - 2:20:16(Chip Time) - 6:41(Pace)
342(Place) - Barbie MacKay Larkin - 51/72(Division Place) - 2:20:11(Chip Time) - 6:41(Pace)
345(Place) - Adrien Sherry - 52/72(Division Place) - 2:20:42(Chip Time) - 6:42(Pace)
362(Place) - Ronda Bellefontaine - 69/87(Division Place) - 2:24:57(Chip Time) - 6:55(Pace)
389(Place) - Jessica Hicken - 6/6(Division Place) - 2:34:39(Chip Time) - 7:22(Pace)
390(Place) - Michelle Campbell - 63/72(Division Place) - 2:34:23(Chip Time) - 7:22(Pace)
391(Place) - Lynn Anne Hogan - 64/72(Division Place) - 2:34:23(Chip Time) - 7:22(Pace)
398(Place) - Maureen Panting - 82/87(Division Place) - 2:38:00(Chip Time) - 7:32(Pace)
399(Place) - Robert Hicken - 2/2(Division Place) - 2:38:01(Chip Time) - 7:32(Pace)
400(Place) - Brenda Hicken - 83/87(Division Place) - 2:38:01(Chip Time) - 7:32(Pace)
all results

20(Place) - Troy Clements - 5/63(Division Place) - 44:12(Chip Time) - 4:26(Pace)
88(Place) - Alexis Clements - 5/87(Division Place) - 52:33(Chip Time) - 5:16(Pace)
189(Place) - Kim Clark - 21/94(Division Place) - 57:44(Chip Time) - 5:47(Pace)
320(Place) - Paul Pickering - 34/41(Division Place) - 1:02:23(Chip Time) - 6:15(Pace)
345(Place) - Beth Peters - 57/87(Division Place) - :03:45(Chip Time) - 6:23(Pace)
352(Place) - Jan Holmes - 59/87(Division Place) - 1:03:58(Chip Time) - 6:24(Pace)
374(Place) - Kelly Addison - 63/94(Division Place) - 1:04:37(Chip Time) - 6:28(Pace)
379(Place) - Rona Brown - 27/60(Division Place) - 1:06:19(Chip Time) - 6:38(Pace)
all results

147(Place) - Calvin Joudrie - 22/30(Division Place) - 31:09(Chip Time) - 6:14(Pace)
all results

Congrats All!
Great Island Representation!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

A sub-18 minute Deltaware 5K PB

It was cloud and 18 degrees.

The Deltaware 5km at Atlantic Technology Centre. The loop course on Fitzroy Street, Brighton Rd, Victoria Park, Old Charlottetown and Prince Street.

Connor McGuire won the race and Jen Nicholson for the top female. I finished in 17:53 and came in 6th out of 264 runners, beat my 5km PB, 31 seconds faster than last month's Proude's Shoes 5km and break sub 18 minutes.

My boss Em Zember raced too.

Good Luck to Johnny Miles runners tomorrow!

Official Result: 6th out of 264
5K in 17 minutes 53 seconds

Saturday, June 11, 2011

PEI Parks Trail Run - Another Top 10 Finish

It was sunny and 11 degrees.

The PEI Parks Trail Run in Milton. The out and back course on Confederation Trail.

Billy MacDonald won the race and Jen Nicholson for the top female.

I finished in 39:08 and came in 9th out of 90 runners.

Tomorrow I trained in Brookvale for the Brookvale Ultra Trail Marathon.

Official Result: 9th out of 90
10K in 39 minutes, 8 seconds

PEI Parks Trail Run Photos (2004-2011)

Running For Autism
Not Against It
acceptance, inclusion, awareness

Runners help out cyclists in weekend event

Runners take off at the start of the 9th Annual P.E.I. Parks Trail  Run.
Paul Baglole

Runners take off at the start of the 9th Annual P.E.I. Parks Trail Run.

Published on June 13, 2011

MILTON - The 9th Annual P.E.I. Parks Trail Run was held on Saturday, June 11, with 91 runners completing the 10-kilometre run on the Confederation Trail in Milton, where the event started and finished. The Trail Run was a fundraiser for GEAR (Get Everyone Accessibly Riding).

GEAR is a ParaSport and Recreation P.E.I. organization which promotes cycling for visually impaired persons by supplying tandem bicycles for rides. For more information on GEAR call David Carragher at 566-3690 or ParaSport at 368-4540.

Participants of all ages and abilities took part in the run and along with Islanders there were also visiting runners from Nova Scotia and Ontario.

“The run couldn’t have gone better,” said Paul Baglole, run organizer. “The runners welcomed the sun and warmth of the day. Lots of smiles. It was great to see so many Islanders out in the fresh air enjoying the Confederation Trail.

“Looking forward to our 10th anniversary run next year,” he added.

First finisher overall and first-place male finisher in the 10K run was

Billy MacDonald of Charlottetown in a time of 35:23, second male was

David Gallant 35:40; and third male was Scott Clark 35:48.

The first female finisher was Jennifer Nicholson of Cornwall in a time of 38:19, second female was Jennifer Pizio-Perry 43:02; and third was Maddi Crowell in 44:02.

Friday, June 10, 2011

This Saturday's Races - PEI Parks Trail Run & Vector Vitality 5K Challenge

PEI Parks Trail Run
10K Run
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Starting Time: 9:00 a.m.
Registration: 8:00 a.m. At the Trail entrance in Milton (on Route 248)
Fee: $15, includes free t-shirt for first 75 registered
Sponsor: PEI Provincial Parks
Fundraiser: GEAR (Get Everyone Accessibly Riding)
Contact: Paul Baglole 566-4834 (h) or 368-6334 (w)
Course Description: Flat and easy on Confederation Trail
PEI Parks 10K Trail Run Map

Vector Vitality 5K Challenge
5K Run
Saturday, June 11, 2011

Start Time: 9:00 am
Registration: 8:00 am at Canada Games Sports Centre -Slemon Park
Fee: $10.00 and $2.00 for those 12 & Under
Sponsor: Vector Aerospace
Fundraiser: IWK Fundraiser
Contact: Lynn Anne Hogan - 836-5014
Course Description: Throughout Slemon Park
Other Notes: Lots of draw prizes!!
Vector Aerospace will match funds raised for the IWK ... Thanks Vector Aerospace!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Why we won't be at the new Autism Run this Sunday

No, Alex will not be at the new Autism Run (Tracy MacKenzie Memorial Walk/Run For Autism) this Sunday.

Not that he (the most "famous" autistic PEI RoadRunner) was invited (though it appears over 1,000 people were)....

It isn't that we object to Project Lifesaver, the fundraising cause. After all, it was Dennis Debbaudt who first formally introduced the Project Lifesaver program to PEI's Law Enforcement, First Responders and the autism community, in 2006 in the free seminars we presented. Alex ran across PEI, Tip-to-Tip, in The Autistic Celebration Run to raise the money to bring Dennis here to present those seminars.

Debbaudt’s seminars were made possible through the fundraiser of Alex Bain, an 18-year-old Oyster Bed resident with autism, who recently ran nearly 300 kilometres from North Cape to East Point.

“I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for what Alex did, so thank you Alex,’’ said Debbaudt.

“It’s a testament to the abilities that people with autism have.’’

That's not a blanket endorsement of Project Lifesaver - it is a monitoring device, used and useful far beyond the autistic population, and with that comes ethical concerns. It is a tool. It will not necessarily keep a child from being hit by a car or drowning etc. It cannot & should not replace supervision. Every child up to age 6-7, not just autistic children (according to Dennis Debbaudt), is "at risk" and would be a candidate for a Project Lifesaver tracking device as well as adults with Alzheimer's/dementia, and other conditions in life.

I don't know exactly where the Project Lifesaver plans stand on PEI. My email to the Run organizer, Tammy Mcquaid, sent February 1st 2011, remains unanswered:

Date: Tue, 01 Feb 2011 14:42:03 -0400
From: "jypsy [ janet norman-bain ]"
Subject: Project Lifesaver


I understand you are planning on bringing Project Lifesaver to PEI, what can you tell me about your plans?


I have had one previous, brief, contact with Ms. Mcquaid. In September 2009 I posted here on Alex's blog about an Autism Speaks PSA video I described as "dehumanizing, hateful, stigmatizing, ableist, fear-mongering, shameful, propaganda."
Please take a minute to revisit that post and see just how strongly I (and others) felt about this PSA:

Ok, back?

This is how this new Autism Run's race organizer felt about this same PSA:
"I personally love this video. To me it speaks fact and truth and my life. I find inspiration and strength in it and have posted on my facebook for all my friends to see."

Here is that comment and my only previous brief contact with her:
Click to enlarge & read or go to:

Although the link remains on her Facebook Group, the video was long ago totally removed from the Internet.

That's how bad it was. That's how widespread the outrage and opposition to it was.

Autism Speaks, realizing how very badly they screwed up, have removed the video totally from the Web.

Ms. Mcquaid did not. She defended it. She loved it. It spoke fact & truth to her. She was inspired by it.

It spoke dehumanization, hate, stigmatization, ablism, and fear-mongering to me. I was beyond offended by it.

Alex runs for "Autism Awareness" every week, every race. Read his shirt. It's obviously not the same "Autism Awareness" that will be spread at this Sunday's event.

That is why we will not be there. I cannot imagine this event will be respectful to autistics like Alex & I. Not if this organizer's truth, fact & inspiration come from a place where so many of us see "a grotesque travesty of a film, filled with falsehoods, bigotry and hate." Inspiration & strength can be found without hurting a segment of society, without using fear & stigma and offending so many people.

If I were a runner who felt strongly about supporting Project Lifesaver, I'd send the event organizers a cheque and go for a run on one of my own favourite routes.....and along the way, think about Alex and the acceptance, inclusion and autism awareness he runs for every week....

Running For Autism
Not Against It
acceptance, inclusion, awareness

Saturday, June 4, 2011

The Cornwall Classic - A Top 5 Finish

It was cloudy and 8 degrees.

The Cornwall Classic at Cornwall Town Hall. The course on Lowther Drive, John Street, Hillside Meadows Drive, Ferry Rd, Primrose Drive, Waterview Drive, Brookside Drive and James Street.

David Gallant won the 1okm race and Jenn Nicholson for the top female. I finished in 39:12 and came in 5th out of 58 runners. Hanna Walker was the first female and won the 5km race and Rob Jenkins for the top male.

Official Result: 5th out of 58 runners
10K in 39 minutes, 12 seconds

Friday, June 3, 2011

Islanders on the Run - Last Sunday in Ottawa

232(Place) 3:13:47.5(Time) COSTAIN, MANNY 212/2733(Gender Place) 45/370(Category Place)

Congrats Manny!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

This Saturday's Races - The Cornwall Classic & The Elm Street Elementary 5K Fun Run

Cornwall Classic
5K & 10K Run
Saturday, June 4, 2011

Start Time: 9:00 am
Registration: 8:00 am at the Cornwall Town Hall
Fee: $10.00
Sponsor: Cornwall Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation & Cornwall Save Easy
Fundraiser: KidSport
Contact: Allyson Sanderson (902) 628-6260 ext 228
Course Description: Deceptively tough course with a great downhill finish!
5K Map
10K Map
Facebook Page for the event

Elm Street Elementary 5K Fun Run
Saturday, June 4, 2011
Start Time: 9:00 am
Registration: 8:00 am at Elm Street Elementary School
Fee: $5.00 for Adults and Students
Fundraiser: Proceeds to the Grade 6 Field trip to the Magdelene Islands
Contact: Jennifer Gallé,
Course Description: Flat run on Confederation Trail out and back.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The good, the bad, and the Island

The good, the bad, and the Island


Jared Connaughton is one of the most accomplished athletes to come out of Prince Edward Island. (Anja Niedringhaus/Associated Press)

Like any blue-collar, rural Canadian kid, I played hockey. I loved hockey. Hockey was my life.

My aspiration was to work hard enough so that, by the time I reached the bantam level, I'd draw attention from prep schools, work my way into the major-junior ranks and ultimately play in the NHL.

The ironic thing is that, by the time I got to bantam, I was indeed drawing attention from prep schools like Phillips-Exeter and Notre Dame, but my passion had dwindled and my attention strayed. I went from a 13-year-old hockey nut to a 16-year-old hockey burnout.

I have fond memories of hockey, but most stem from the days when I still dreamed big, when I was naive to the realities of my passion (money, politics, etc.) and when I still enjoyed playing. By the time I became a junior in high school, I hated hockey. I hated how "cliquey" it had become. I hated how politics reared their ugly face so frequently. Heck, I even hated how the sweat made my face break out. I wanted out, and most people close to me knew it. I refused to return the phone calls and letters from those prep schools and I hatched a plan to sell my gear as soon as the season ended.

I don't even recall my last game - frankly the entire final season was a disappointing blur. The negative taste left in my mouth made it that much easier to officially "hang 'em up." Many people were disappointed with my decision to quit hockey. They thought that I'd end up playing at an elite level someday, but what freaked them out most of all was that I was hanging up my skates for a pair of track spikes.

P.E.I. track stuck in Stone Age

Now, this truly was a risky choice, as Prince Edward Island was not only without proper funding, equipment and resources for a track athlete, but, most glaringly, without a single synthetic track. The province was figuratively and literally in the Stone Age, as our only viable running surface was a worn-out, ill-kept gravel track behind my high school. Or, even crazier, there was an abandoned railroad track converted into walking trails. Needless to say, I was limited not only compared to others pursuing success in hockey, but to my peers across the country that I'd be eventually competing against.

The first few months were fun. I learned a ton about weight training, proper running technique and diet. I loved it. It was new, fresh, fun and exciting. The best part about it was that I was experiencing success both at the provincial and national level. After only four months of proper training, I had become the Canadian youth and junior champion in the 200-metre dash.

But something changed after all that success. The fun, the newness, had all started to fade, and that daunting question began to loom all over again: Will I achieve greatness?

As the pressure mounted and the reality of it all began to set it, I knew one simple thing: I won't achieve greatness training on gravel tracks and school hallways. I needed to get off the Island, and quick. So when NCAA schools began calling, I embraced their attention with open arms. Ultimately I chose the University of Texas-Arlington, as far as humanly imaginable from Prince Edward Island.

Rise and fall

My first year at UTA flew by. I experienced success both in the classroom and on the track, as I was named to the dean's list and was named freshman of the year in the Southland Conference. Later that summer I was selected to the Canadian junior team, competing in Grosseto, Italy.

But only six months later I began to fail classes, I was constantly reinjuring a hamstring, and I was dealing with a deteriorating relationship with a girlfriend.

On my return to P.E.I. for summer break, my confidence athletically was at an all-time low, my self-image had become a shadow of my former self. My love for track and field had dwindled so badly that I no aspirations of attempting a comeback for that summer season.

It wasn't until a candid conversation I had with my father that I realized that self-loathing and a rotten attitude were only temporary hindrances, that if I brushed myself off, refocused and recommitted myself, that I could potentially be a legitimate contender for the Canadian Games title at the end of the summer.

My first training session after returning to the Island was a short speed session conducted on a semi-mowed soccer field at Bluefield High School, my alma mater. I remember whining constantly about the poor footing, the grotesquely kept grass and cold temperature. Eventually my father yelled, "I've had enough of this! You used to love training out here, but I guess now that you have those fancy facilities at your disposal in Texas, this isn't good enough for you! Well, I hate to break it to you, but if you want to win the Canada Games, you're gonna have to put up or shut up, 'cause this is all we've got!"

His statement was completely true, and I knew he was bang on. In the past, I would have taken his screaming and criticism coldly and resentfully, but this time it struck a different chord, a message that created a rekindled desire and sparked my motivation.

Secret weapon

The next day he and I drove into Charlottetown and purchased a membership to a local weightlifting gym. He and I sat down and mapped out the rest of the summer, from training locations to competitions. We even began including "alternative" days when I'd perform my bounding on the sand dunes of the Island's north shore.

It all began to make sense again. Those locations I dreaded before, I now adored. They'd become my secret weapon. Something I knew no one else in Canada had access to, or was willing to train on.

Three months after that proverbial kick in the pants by my father, I became the Canada Games 100m and 200m champion! The first double gold medalist from P.E.I. ever.

Now that I've gone on to become a national champion, an international competitor and an Olympian, I reflect back on those days when all I had was a simple goal, to do whatever it took to be champion.

I'm very grateful for the support and resources I have at my disposal now, but sometimes I miss the simpler days, when soccer fields and sand dunes were my sanctuary.