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Water levels no worry for Fredericton Marathon

More than 1,800 registered for annual event

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
May 11, 2017

FREDERICTON – As water levels start to decrease along the St. John River, organizers of the Fredericton Marathon said flooding was never a threat to the weekend event, taking place this year on May 13-14.
“We have no concerns with flooding,” said Bruce Macfarlane. “Several years ago, we changed the course to avert any possible issues with potential flooding on the downtown trails.”
Known far and wide for its flat, fast marathon course, Fredericton is once again expected to see some of the region’s elite runners.

The annual Scotiabank Fredericton Marathon weekend will take place on May 13-14, with more than 1,800 participants registered as of Thursday.

Photo courtesy of Bruce Macfarlane

The marathon is not only a popular Boston Marathon qualifier, but has also been selected as this year’s New Brunswick provincial championship marathon.
So far more than 1,800 runners have registered so far for the annual event, a total that looks set to at least match last year’s.
“Considering the winter we just faced, we are pleased with the registration for this year,” he said.
The weekend’s activities will kick off on Saturday with the Youth Fun Run, which this year will add a new 500m event for young runners, joining the 1K and 2K events already available.
Parents are encouraged to run with their children, making it a fun family event, according to coordinator Donna Trites, who was excited as preparations came into place.
“Things are fantastic,” she said. “Saturday is going to be warm and sunny and there is a lot of enthusiasm from all the young runners. We have a lot of volunteers organized to be on the route, encouraging all the runners.”
Sunday will feature the half marathon, 10K and 5K races, but most eyes will be on the full marathon. Ryan O’Shea will be back in search of his second straight win, but he will face some tough competition from the likes of Jean-Marc Doiron and Greg Sawyer.
The female field will also be competitive, with Annie Pellerin and Jessica Kennedy among those signed up this year.
The marathon offers cash rewards to anyone who breaks a record in full or half marathons, prizes that build each year to a maximum of $500 until the records are broken. This year’s top prize will be $375 for men in the full marathon, a record set by Chris Brake in 2010 with a 2:34:46 time.
“We hope someone will smash our course records in the half and full marathon this year,” said Macfarlane. “We hope to dust off our cheque book this weekend and write some course record cheques.”
The event will also not let the country’s milestone year go by unnoticed.
“With our country celebrating its 150th anniversary, we will take a few moments before the race to recognize this milestone with a few short speeches and the playing of our national anthem before the start of the race,” he said.
For more information on the Fredericton Marathon, visit here .