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Ultra well received at ‘The Rez’

Thirty-nine take part in inaugural Saint John event

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Aug. 27, 2018

SAINT JOHN, N.B. – It’s the ideal trail ultra for road runners.
That’s how Brian Head described The Little River Reservoir Ultra, and he should know. He finished first in the 52K at yesterday’s inaugural event in Saint John.
“The race course is flat as a pancake and, although technically it’s a trail race, it felt like a road race,” said Head, who finished with a time of 5:16:52. “The lack of vertical climbing/single track really lends itself to road running."
Head normally runs as little as possible on the roads, preferring the variety of single track trail running, which breaks up the “rhythmic pounding” road running has on your legs.”

The inaugural Little Reservoir Ultra took place in Saint John, N.B. yesterday, with runners taking part in three different distances, including a team relay.

Photo courtesy of Fundy Sports and Tourism

“I felt good for the first half, keeping close to the 5:00 per km pace, but the pounding caught up and my pace dropped significantly,” he said.
The ultra at “The Rez” was great for anyone wanting to try their first ultra, or to be able to say they ran an ultra, according to Head.
“I have done numerous 50K races and you will never find an easier course for road runners to be able to run an ultra,” he said.
Head was one of 39 runners taking part in the event, which also included a 26K, a 10K, and a 52K relay option. Finishing second in the 52K was Mark McColgan, with a time of 5:19:13, followed by Mark Hemmings at 5:38:13.
The husband-wife combo of Evan and Shelley Doucet topped the podium in the 26K race. Shelley came first at 1:48:26, followed by Evan at 1:56:23.
“The trail race was a challenging and a fun experience, especially in the heat,” said Evan. “I am training for the Chicago Marathon and the run yesterday was a really good opportunity to get a long hard run in while in a race setting.
“Of course, I was trying to chase down Shelley,” he said, with a smile.
He described the route as “honest” with rolling knolls at times and nice bridges and waterways, and complimented the Millars and Steeves teams for hosting another top-notch event.
“It was a really nice place to run and bring the family,” said Evan. “It was my first long run at the reservoir, and I plan to come back soon again with the kids to take in the trails, beach and playground.”
Finishing second among males was Adam Clark, with a time of 2:34:33, while Sarah Holland was second among females at 2:34:38, followed by Marcie Holland at 2:35:11. John Hall was third among males at 2:50:51.
Gary Timberlake was first among 10K participants with a time of 58:32, followed by top female Mary Kuna at 1:06:03, Alicia O’Brien at 1:07:53, and Candace Critchley at 1:07:56. Donald Caissie was second among males at 1:12:52, followed by Louis Chouinard at 1:14:26.
For complete results in Webscorer, visit here .
Garth Millar of Fundy Sports and Tourism was thrilled with the event, which saw people from Moncton, Prince Edward Island and Ottawa come and take part. He received plenty of positive feedback, and said the event would be back next year.
“We had a fantastic day and it was a great success for our first attempt at a 52K race with a 26K and 10K as well,” he said. “Our team ultra worked really well and runners loved the venue at The Rez in Saint John.”