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5 Quick Questions

with Laura Dickinson

Laura Dickinson of Miramichi, N.B. is not your average teenager. She’s fast, and she has the numbers to prove it.
In 2016, for example, Dickinson started off the year by breaking the provincial female 5K record for her age category with a 17:36 at the Brian Richard 5K in Miramichi. She went on to beat that record not once but twice before the end of the year, first in October and again in November at the Miramichi 5K events, finishing the year with a 17:12 and the top three 5K female times in the Maritimes.
She was also the top female finisher at the Bathurst 10K with a 38:03, and was the top under-18 female finisher at the Boston 5K . On the track, she won two gold medals last summer at the Canadian Youth Track and Field Games in 3000m and the 2000m steeplechase.
Maritime Runner caught up to her recently for 5 Quick Questions.

Q: Favourite distance?
A: I like the longer races! 10K and 15K are my favourite. Soon I will be running the 15km in Grande-Digue. I will be trying to improve my personal best time of 59 minutes.

Q: Current/favourite shoe?
A: Mizuno Wave Rider.

Q: Fuel before/during a run?
A: On race morning I like to have oatmeal with berries and yogurt.

Q: Music?
A: No, I run with my dad and we like to talk on our easy runs.

Q: Favourite Maritime race?
A: The Miramichi Rock n Run! Everyone in Miramichi is very supportive of the runners, and there are always lots of people from the community out on the course cheering, including different sports teams. There is also a big celebration at the finish line with lots of music!.

As she mentioned, next up for Laura Dickinson will be the 15km de Grande-Digue on April 29. After that, she will be competing in her final season of high school track. Meanwhile, she is raising money for KidSport Miramichi , a program helping children in financial need participate in sports activities. Her goal is to run 1,000 km by June 16, and raise $1,000 in donations.

Laura Dickinson running at an indoor track event.

Photo courtesy of Laura Dickinsona