Sunday, April 27, 2014

PEI RoadRunners AGM & Awards Banquet

Friday, April 25th

PEI RoadRunners 2013 
Male & Female RoadRunner of the Year

Alex Bain & Dianne Watts-Pye
Photo by Cheri Gallant
Congratulations to our 2013 Award Winners!

The PEI RoadRunners AGM & Awards Banquet at Old Triangle Irish Alehouse. 

Myriam Cyr took the awards for Rookie of the Year and Junior Female. Jake Mallett for the Junior Male and Natalie Dallaire for the Senior Female Point Champion. Adrien Sherry for the Most Improved RoadRunner, Bethany Lucas for the Volunteer of the Year and Shelly Mountain for the Ewen Stewart Inspirational Runner Award. Wayne Gairns took the first Guts & Glory Award. Dianne Watts-Pye won the Female RoadRunner of the Year

I was honoured for Senior Male Point Champion along with Scott Clark and Male RoadRunner of the Year

Thanks to everyone and congratulations to all the award winners at the 2013 PEI RoadRunners AGM & Awards Banquet.

Male RoadRunner of the Year
Alex Bain

Female RoadRunner of the Year
Dianne Watts-Pye
photo by Nick Murray
Most Improved RoadRunner of the Year
Adrien Sherry 
photo by Nick Murray
Rookie RoadRunner of the Year
Myriam Cyr
photo by Nick Murray
Volunteer of the Year
Bethany Lucas
photo by Nick Murray
Ewen Stewart Inspirational Runner Award
Shelley Mountain
photo by Nick Murray
Guts & Glory Award
Wayne Gairns
photo by Nick Murray

ADL/SportPEI Achievement Award Winners
& Hashems Variety Points Champions
photo by Nick Murray Missing from photo:  Jake Mallett & Scott Clark
Junior Female
Myriam Cyr 116 Points

Junior Male
Jake Mallett 54 Points

Senior Female
Natalie Dallaire 194 Points

Senior Male
Scott Clark & Alex Bain each with 194 Points

(Nick Murray was taking the "real" photos, I'll post them in this album when I get them. Thanks Nick!)

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Not Against It
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Boston Marathon 2014

Prince Edward Island Runner Results

Our Photos

the bus from Salisbury NB to Tewksbury Mass.

The 2014 Boston Marathon Trip at the 118th Boston Marathon. The bus ride from Salisbury, NB to Tewksbury Mass. with PEI runners and Saint John and New Brunswick runners.

Alex runs the BAA 5K, we tour the Expo and walk around Boston. 
Evening out with local friends 

I ran The B.A.A. 5K at Boston Common. The course on Charles St, Arlington St, Newbury St, Commonwealth Ave, Hereford St and Boylston Street. It was sun and 10 degrees. This is part of the test run for the 2015 Boston Marathon. I finished in 21:12 and came in 550th out of 8640 runners. Dejen Gebreeskel of Ethiopia won the race and Molly Huddle of United States for the top female. After the race I touring the Boylston Street with marathon expo, finish line photos and watches 1 Mile and Relay races.That night I met the Alex's Parents from Massachusetts to eat Mexican foods.

Easter. We visit the Athletes Village then drive the Marathon course
and see a little more of Boston 

On Easter I touring the Athletes Village, Start Line along the marathon course and shopping.

Marathon Day!

It was Marathon Monday at Hopkinton. I watching the Elite and corral starts and "1km to go" bridge at Mass. Ave and Commonwealth Ave. Stan Chaisson was the top PEI runner among 23 runners. It was all good times. The post race dinner at Holiday Inn and group photos and Tuesday return to Salisbury. 
   Thanks for all the runners from PEI, Canada, Boston Athletic Club and World and who cheers me on the Easter Weekend trip! 

"Under crystal clear skies, runners from around the nation and world came to Boston Common ready to race 3.1 miles through Boston's picturesque Back Bay neighborhood."

PEI Runners 5K Results

Alex's 5K finish - Chip Time 21:12

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Islanders In Boston - What... no live blogging??!!

We have live blogged the results of Prince Edward Islanders at the Boston Marathon since this blog began in 2007. These are the final pages, (after being updated non-stop with each runner's updated split times throughout the day), of those years:

2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009 - 2008 - 2007 

This year that streak comes to an end. We'll be there!

This will be a sort of practice run for us, a chance to get a feel for Boston and the Boston Marathon before Alex gets his chance to run it, having qualified for the 2015 Boston Marathon at our Prince Edward Island Marathon here in October. On Saturday morning, Alex, along with 9,999 others, will be running the BAA 5K. The real challenge will be for Alex and I not to lose each other.... Wish us luck!

Here's the list of all of PEI's qualified and registered runners in the 2014 Boston Marathon on Monday. Billy MacDonald and Rob MacKenzie are injured and will not be running (and perhaps some others?) Wish them luck!

Here are the 5K runners:

If you're not in Boston on Marathon Day, 
here where to watch the Boston Marathon

Live tracking should be available Race Day on 

from our boston trip will be put in this album:
along with a few of the pictures 
that lead to us going on this little adventure

Safe travels & best wishes to all our PEI runners!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Terry Fox Tribute Run & The WR3 Half Marathon

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

Heather Ogg, Elaine Burkholder and Alex in front of Province House 6am
It was cloud and 4 degrees. The Terry Fox Tribute Run start at Province House to Pownal on Trans Canada Highway for the half marathon start. I run about 17Km with Heather and Elaine. Then I run WR3 half marathon. The others run on Pownal Rd, Keppoch Rd, Langley Rd, Stratford Rd, Hillsborough Bridge and Water Street. 

Heather Ogg, Elaine Burkholder and Alex finishing the 1st half in Pownal
Terry Fox Tribute Run runners in Pownal at the midway point

Terry Fox Tribute Run runners finishing the Terry Fox Tribute Run at the WR3 Finish Line

WR3 Half-Marathon
WR3 Half-Marathon start
WR3 Half-Marathon 2K mark
WR3 Half-Marathon 2K mark

It was cloud and 4 degrees. 

The WR3 Race in Charlottetown. The course start in Pownal on Pownal Rd, Keppoch Rd, Langley Rd, Stratford Rd, Hillsborough Bridge and Water Street. 

Gaetan Dallaire won the half marathon and Joanne Reid for the top female. I finished in 2:08:50 and came in 61st out of 81 runners. 

Michael Peterson won the 10km race and Kristen Callaghan for the top female. 

Greg Morrison won the 5km race and Sophie Peterson for the top female. 

Official Result 61st out of 81
Half-Marathon in 2 hours, 8 minutes & 50 seconds

Half Marathon
Half Marathon Push Rim
Half Marathon Vision Impaired

WR3 Half-Marathon Finish Line with Dianne Watts-Pye

On Easter Weekend I running the BAA 5km at Boston Common and watching 20+ PEI runners at the 118th Boston Marathon!

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Not Against It
acceptance, inclusion, awareness

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

What We'd Like You To Know About Autism on World Autism Day

United Nations Secretary-General's Message for 2014
"This year’s World Autism Awareness Day is a chance to celebrate the creative minds of people with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and to renew our pledge to help them realize their great potential.
To measure the success of our societies, we should examine how well those with different abilities, including persons with autism, are integrated as full and valued members. "

What we’d like you to know about Autism 

Autism is a neurological difference classified as a developmental disability. Autistic people have atypical behaviours in three areas: social interaction, communication, and restricted interests or repetitive behaviours. Autistics are different at the most basic level available: how they experience the world, and how they learn from it. Autism presents with measurable differences in perception, attention, memory, intelligence, etc. The autistic order and progress of development is different from the typical version as is autistic brain structure, allocation, and function. Autism presents strengths not available to the typical population, but the different pattern of strengths and weaknesses characterizing autism results in many difficulties as atypical needs and adaptive but atypical autistic behaviours are at odds with what is considered or expected as "normal".

Autism isn't a disease, or a bunch of behaviours, any more than femaleness is. Autism involves neurological differences, which are basic and comprehensive. Autistic neurology is no more or less valid than non-autistic neurology: both autistics and non-autistics are able to develop, learn, progress, and achieve things, but may do so in different ways and may require different kinds of help along the way.

Progress is part of the natural course of development in autistics, as it is in non-autistics, but development in autism may not proceed in the same order as is considered normal for non-autistics. Autistics may, e.g., seem advanced in some areas and delayed in others. Seen in perspective, this means that in comparison with autistics, non-autistics are likely to be advanced in some areas and delayed in others. Non-autistics may need a great deal of assistance in learning things that autistics learn easily, and the reverse may also be true. Seeing as we don't declare non-autistics to be "succeeding in treatment" or "less severely non-autistic" or "recovered" when they develop and learn, it should be clear that describing autistics in these kinds of terms is misleading and prejudicial.

Autistics are alert and aware of what is happening around us, even though we may not be able to show this or respond in expected, typical ways. Autistics also may not communicate in typical ways, and in some situations, will find it difficult to communicate at all. However, this does not reflect a fundamental inability or unwillingness to communicate. Autistics want to communicate, and can do so when provided with a context in which communication is both possible and responded to. This is also true of non-autistics, but non-autistics are much more likely to be provided with contexts in which they can communicate successfully.

Dividing autism into "severe" and "mild", or in similar ways, is misleading and harmful. Autistics may differ in the extent to which autistic traits are or are not obvious, and this may vary in individual autistics from hour to hour, day to day, and year to year, depending on many factors, including on what kind of context an autistic lives in. The extent to which autistic traits are or are not evident in any individual autistic is unrelated to our intelligence and our outcomes as adults. However, societal prejudices against autistic traits may prevent autistics whose traits are more obvious from being considered able to learn, to communicate, to make decisions about our lives, to walk around freely, to be employed, etc.

Michelle Dawson
Pervasive Developmental Disorders Specialized Clinic
Rivière des Prairies Hospital
University of Montréal

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

St. Patrick's Day Run

Saturday, March 15th, 2014

It was cloud and -3 degrees. 

The St. Patrick's Day Run at Sports PEI Lobby. The course on Raiders Rd, North River Rd, Skyview Dr, Atlantic Rd, Seaview Blvd, Belvedere Ave and University Ave. 

Billy MacDonald won the 10km race and Natalie Dallaire for the top female. I finished in 49:28 and came in 7th out of 12 runners. 

Mark Cullen won the 5km race and Leanne Vessey for the top female.
Official Result: 7th out of 12
10K in 49 minutes, 28 seconds

5K Results  ~  10K Results

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Not Against It
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