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5 Quick Questions

With Lee Roy

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
March 15, 2017


Lee Roy of Bathurst, N.B. considers himself more of a triathlete than a runner, but he has proven he does not need a bicycle or a wetsuit to put up some impressive numbers in a race.
In 2016, his highlights included winning the March Demi-marathon de l’Acadie in Tracadie-Sheila, N.B. with a time of 1:12:53, after just over 20 hours of training. It was the second fastest time of the year for that monthly event. He also won the 5K race with a 16:15 time at the Chaleur 10K event in Beresford, N.B. in June, only 15 minutes after a 165K bike workout, and also set the 10K course record with a 33:02 at the Caisse Populaire Acadie in Caraquet, N.B. in August.

Lee Roy, winning the 5K race at the Chaleur 10K in Beresford, N.B. last June.

Photo courtesy of Lee Royt

Q: Favourite distance?
A: Half marathon (half ironman for triathlon). It’s long enough that you can suffer pretty bad, but short enough that you can go really hard and still recover fast enough that it doesn’t mess my training too much.

Q: Current/favourite shoe?
A: Saucony Kinvara for training and Saucony Type A for racing. They are the only shoes that I have ever ran with. I am afraid to try anything else because they both feel great and I have never been injured since I started running in 2011.

Q: Fuel before/during a run?
A: Before, I like oatmeal and a banana. During, I use Louis Garneau gels and bananas also.
Q: Music?
A: When training indoors, yes, but outside and racing, never. I am a bit of a metalhead, but I also enjoy some classic rock.

Q: Favourite Maritime race?
A: I really enjoy the Chaleur 10K in my hometown of Beresford, and also the Demi-marathon de l’Acadie. Once you run that race, you instantly become part of their family. And also the Caraquet 10K, which I find is the best bang for your buck. All three races are put on by a bunch of great people.

Next up for Lee Roy will be the 15K de Grand-Digue on April 29, although his main focus is on a pair of Quebec triathlons, where he has his sights set on the Ironman 70.3 Mont-Tremblant in June, and Ironman Mont-Tremblant in August.