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Transplant Trot events meet success in N.B.

Fredericton, Moncton, Saint John host runs over weekend

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
May 1, 2017

FREDERICTON – Louis Chouinard did not have to trouble over deciding which Transplant Trot he wanted to take part in over the weekend. He did all three.
Chouinard was one of a handful of runners who ran in the Saint John event Friday evening, the Moncton run on Saturday, and the Fredericton event on Sunday, earning himself a special Tri-City medal for his efforts.
Chouinard said he was inspired by the cause, which is to raise funds and awareness of the importance of organ donation, after losing his brother to stomach cancer two years ago.

Louis Chouinard and Vanessa Black completed all three of the Transplant Trots in New Brunswick over the weekend, earning themselves special Tri-City medals for the achievement.

Photos courtesy of Kristen Wheaton

Race director Kristen Wheaton said she wouldn’t know the total raised until later this week, but that all events were successful. Saint John drew about 60 participants, while Fredericton and Moncton had about 90 each.
“Everything went well,” she said. “Many recipients and even donor families made it out in support of the cause.”
Chouinard said he loved the experience and will return next year.
“The organizers of the races did a very good job,” he said. “The speeches were very meaningful. It made me feel very proud to participate in supporting such a good cause.”
“It wasn’t something that you can transplant, but I had the feeling that if I could help somebody else get some help, one way or another, it would make me feel great,” he said. “This is my way of dedicating something on behalf of my brother.”
What he found was a mixed bag of conditions for each of the 5K runs. The Saint John event experienced rain, while Moncton was sunny and cool, and Fredericton was also sunny, but windy and cool.
The course for each run was fairly similar, according to Chouinard, but Saint John was his favourite.
“Saint John was easy for me because I did it before, but I loved all
three because they showed me different aspects of the cities and the
good areas people have to run,” he said.