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Joe McGuire Road Race all
set for Saturday

Annual Woodstock event back in Run NB Super Series

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
July 24, 2017

WOODSTOCK, N.B. – Scenic, flat and fast.
Those three words alone are normally enough to attract runners to an event, but when the event is also named after a local running hero, who could pass it up?
The Joe McGuire Road Race will mark its 31st anniversary in Woodstock this year on Saturday, July 29, when about 200 participants are expected to take part in the 5K run/walk and 10K run as part of Woodstock’s Old Home Week activities.
“It’s just to have fun and celebrate,” said race director Jill Dunnett. “It’s part of the Old Home Week tradition, and a race where we welcome runners from all over the province, and sometimes from Nov Scotia, P.E.I. and across the border too.”

The annual Joe McGuire Road Race will take place in Woodstock, N.B. on Saturday, July 29. Shown here are participants starting out in a previous year’s race.

Photo courtesy of Jill Dunnett

This year the event’s 10K race is back in the Run New Brunswick Super Series, an added attraction for those runners looking to collect points with a fast time.
“It attracts some runners for sure, because it the route is fairly flat for the 5K and 10K both,” said Dunnett. “It’s very scenic along the St. John River, and we do have some fastest times in the province.”
Speaking of fast times, one only has to look at who the race is named after. McGuire, who still lives in Woodstock, had a long distinguished running career, and holds the record for New Brunswick’s fastest marathon time with a 2:27:51 time, a record that has stood for 33 years. McGuire was inducted to the Run New Brunswick Hall of Fame in 2009.
The Woodstock race was established in McGuire’s name in 1986, and continues to be popular with the New Brunswick running community and beyond.
“I think it’s just the tradition and the history of it,” said Dunnett. “People are always looking for a personal best, and the community always wants to get involved with the event.
“I think interest in running in general has also increased over the last few years,” she added. “It has in our area, especially, with running clubs… people are just, I think, more aware about wellness.”
Also crucial, she said, has been the support for the event from the local business community, including Tim Hortons, which has come on board as a the name sponsor. This has made it possible for the event to provide chip timing, according to Dunnett.
The race is organized by the town recreation department, with a small committee of volunteers.
For more on the Joe McGuire Road Race, visit here.