Our Annual General Meeting has been confirmed for Friday, August7, 7PM at Jack Blanchard Hall on Pond St. in Charlottetown. We anticipate this year’s AGM will be an abbreviated affair – Presidents and Treasurers reports and election of new Board Members being the primary items. Michael Bergeron has agreed to take on the president’s role, Derek Underhill the Secretary’s and Lana Chaisson the Kings County Rep. Because of the 50 person capacity,please RSVP if you plan to attend.
PEI Roadrunners 2019 Male Roadrunner of the Year: Jacob Simmons
2019 was a big year for Jacob. After a decade away from running to focus on his college basketball career, and then being forced to take an entire year off of any form of exercise due to injury, he rediscovered his love for the sport and came back with a vengeance.
As one fellow Roadrunner observed, Jacob showed up at almost every Roadrunners race, and consistently placed among the top of the field. This resulted in him accumulating a total of 247 points for the 2019 season.
Jacob recently shared on the PEI Roadrunners Facebook group an interview he did for the podcast “Transformations Through Running” that provided further insight into just how transformational of a year 2019 was for him:
He overcame a broken wrist, torn meniscus and an ulcer in his cornea, which led him to quit cigarettes and lose 40 pounds. He went from not competing in any road races for almost ten years to running in 27 races including his first marathon and also a 3000+ person race in Galway Ireland.
That first marathon referenced above was the PEI Marathon in October 2019, which Jacob finished in a time of 3:40:34. Other notable race results this year include the Michael Thomas (16 km) in 1:08:57, the Dunk River (11.7km) in 52:48, and the Farmers Helping Farmers 5 miler, which he won in a time of 33:55.
Jacob was described in his nomination as someone who “in his own quiet way is an inspiration”. It is not hard to see why when considering what he has accomplished in such a short time after returning from injury, to a sport he had not participated in for 10 years. PEI Roadrunners Club looks forward to seeing what Jacob has in store for 2020!
Congratulations Jacob, someday we will present you with your fancy award and a lovely prize from award sponsor Sporting Intentions!
THE BOARD HAS DECIDED TO ADD A TENTH PERSON TO THIS GROUP.
THIS HONOURARY LIFETIME MEMBER HAS BEEN RUNNING COMPETITIVELY SINCE THE 1980’S.
FROM 1991 UNTIL 2003 SHE WON THE PEI MARATHON FULL 4 TIMES, THE HALF 3 TIMES, THE DUNK RIVER 5 TIMES, HARVEST FESTIVAL 6 TIMES, FULTON CAMPBELL 9 TIMES, INCLUDING 5 IN A ROW, THE BUNNY HOP 6 TIMES, THE MOUNT EDWARD GROCERY – 8 TMES IN A ROW – AND THE WALLY RODD.
SHE ALSO WON THE JOHNNY MILES MARATHON 5 TIMES, THE FREDERICTON MARATHON 3 TIMES (twice coming 2nd), HAS RUN BOSTON MARATHON 5 TIMES INCLUDING THE 100TH EDITION OF THAT RACE – ONE OF ONLY FOUR ISLANDERS IN THAT RACE, AND WAS QUALIFIED TO RUN IN 2020 AT AGE 62
SHE HAS BEEN A VOLUNTEER FOR THE ROADRUNNERS, FOR THE CGHS SADD RUN FOR 10 CONSECTUTIVE YEARS AND HAS BEEN AND CONTINUES TO BE AN ACTIVE SPONSOR (CAPITAL HONDA).PAM TRAINED GROUPS FOR THE ARTHRITIS SOCIETY FUND RAISNG MARATHONS IN IRELAND,BELGUIM AND SWITZERLAND.
SHE CONTIUES TO ENJOY HER SATURDAY MORNING RUNS –WHEN NOT IN FLORIDA- WITH THE CHARLOTTETOWN HOTEL GROUP ( MEET AT 7:30AM AT THE HOTEL FOR A 11.2K RUN FOLLOWED BY COFFEE AS THE NOTICE STATES)
SHE HAS LONG BEEN AN EXAMPLE OF SOMEONE WHO USED RUNNING TO PROMOTE A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE. WHILE THE REST OF US DROVE HOME FROM OUR KIDS SOCCER GAMES SHE WAS REGULARLY SEEN RUNNING BACK TO CHARLOTTETOWN.
WE ARE PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE PAM POWER MCKENNA FOR HER MANY YEARS OF EXCELLENT RUNNING AND CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PEIROADRUNNERS.
Shanice is a very visible member of the PEI Roadrunners community. Her wide smile and sparkling attire shine a bright light at every run. Shanice showed incredible dedication to her running in 2019, and it was reflected in her performances. She participated in all 20 points races, as well as many other events both at home and away. She finished the points standings in 1st place for her age division (females 30-39) and 3rd place overall for females, with a total of 242 points.
Shanice started 2019 STRONG with several half marathons. In early February in Moncton she completed the Hypo half as her 46th half marathon.In mid February in Amherst, Nova Scotia she completed her 47th half marathon finishing as the 3rd female overall.In late February at our Freeze Your Gizzard race she completed her 48th half marathon, finishing with a PB by 6 minutes! In March, in sunny Florida, she completed her 49th half marathon, achieving yet another PB! In case you’ve lost count, this is FOUR half marathons from Feb-March, two of them with PB’s!
She continued into the busy spring,summer, and fall running seasons with more success. In early May she achieved an incredible PB at the Proude’s 5k, finishing in a time of 24:30, and crossing the finish line with excited arms in the air, a smile, and sparkles.In May she also ran the Fredericton Marathon, her 9th full marathon, as well as her very first 5 miler. On August 4th, she admittedly went out of her comfort zone and completed the Brookvale 25km ultra trail race, finishing with her signature smile and sparkle skirt. In October of 2019 she completed her 52nd Half Marathon during PEI Marathon weekend.
Not only is Shanice a multi-marathoner, she is also a mother of 2, a wife, and a hard-working individual, who knows how to balance her responsibilities with her training leading up to race day. She has also had to overcome some health challenges associated with IBS, which can affect her training. Shanice speaks openly about being a runner with IBS on her social media accounts, recently posting the following on Instagram:
A lot of people ask me why I keep running when it can cause me so much pain and discomfort, that I should find something else, that they couldn’t imagine telling people about the IBS issues. And this is what I tell them. I LOVE running, I have never been an athlete and running gives me such an accomplishment. I have met so many wonderful friends through running and it has gotten me off the couch and showed my kids never to quit, keep going.
I think we can all agree Shanice exemplifies dedication, persistence and the ability to push forward in the face of adversity. All qualities of the Female Road Runner of the Year! She has a deep love of running, she does not quit when it gets hard AND uncomfortable, and she inspires others to do the same.
Congratulations Shanice! Someday we will present you with your fancy award and a lovely prize from award sponsor Good Guys Auto Glass!
Diane has been a long time member of PEI Roadrunners, having participated in many events in the past. She had been sidelined by injury over the last few years; however, this did not prevent her from continued involvement in the sport, both with her running friends and the PEI Roadrunners club. She continued to show up to her Saturday morning group runs, and participated in many Roadrunner races as a walker (often walking as fast as some others run!). Diane was always in good humour and pleasant, despite her adversity, and remained very supportive of others. As one of her running mates said in their nomination “I think it did her good to continue to be involved with running, but it also made me happy to still have her influence”.
With patience, time, a positive attitude, and a willingness to try new methods, Diane is now back to running and is looking strong. For her running friends, “she’s a continual reminder of the value of patience, hard work, friendship, and positivity”. Diane is truly inspirational, and it’s great to see her running the roads once again!
Congratulations Diane! Someday we will present you with your fancy award and a lovely prize from award sponsor Ewen Stewart & The Prince Edward Island Marathon!
2019 PEI Roadrunners Volunteer of the Year: Ensor McNeill
Ensor became a member of the PEI Roadrunners Club in 2017 and has been stepping up to lend a helping hand since day one. That first year, Ensor was awarded Rookie of the Year and the award citation noted that he could always be seen volunteering at races when not running.
In 2019, Ensor took the role of volunteer to the next level, by joining the PEI Roadrunners executive as Vice President. Ensor never hesitates to offer assistance wherever it is needed. At the mere suggestion of a task that needs doing, Ensor is there offering to take it on. This year he took over the role of calculating the points, and was able to provide running totals to our members throughout the race season. He also assisted with putting together the 2020 membership packages, and stored and coordinated the use of the Roadrunners equipment.
Not only is Ensor a huge help to the club, he is also just an all around nice guy. To quote the individual who submitted this nomination “Ensor is a person who always asks how everybody else’s run was, and makes people feel at home and a part of the club”.
Congratulations Ensor, and thanks for all you do! Someday we will present you with your fancy award and a lovely prize from award sponsor Gemini Screen Print & Embroidery!
PEI Roadrunners 2019 Rookie of the Year: Anne MacArthur
Anne became a member of the PEI Roadrunners Club in 2019, and boy are we lucky to have her! Anne is a member of the Turbo Turtles group, identifiable by their bright pink t-shirts, big smiles, and winning attitudes, and Anne is certainly no exception to this.
As a rookie Roadrunner, Anne really showed up! She finished the points standings in first place for her age category, with a total of 125 points. Among the many points races she completed were the Points East Lighthouse Relay, where she ran the entire 30 km, the Brookvale Ultra 25km, and the PEI Half Marathon. Anne also completed several other events both on and off-island, with perhaps the most impressive being the 50km at the Capes 100 in August 2019.
Anne is seen as a leader among her running peers, and not just because she leads run clinics for the Running Room. As one of the people who nominated Anne for this award stated: “She is a true leader in my opinion who has gone through cancer and kept on going!”.
Congratulations Anne! Your smiling face and great attitude have been a welcome addition to our club, and we look forward to many more miles with you as a member. Someday we will present you with your fancy award and a lovely prize from award sponsor Stewart McKelvey!
PEI Roadrunners Most Improved Runner 2019: Trish Cameron
“The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” – Confucius
This year’s recipient of the Most Improved Runner award was nominated based on her increased focus on her training, with small adjustments that led to overall improvement in her results. Trish’s followers on Strava noticed faster average paces on her runs and some impressive race times. As one of the people who nominated her for this award put it: “the time and effort she put into hill training, speed training, intervals, and long runs during her training cycles made me want to improve on my training”. Trish also stepped up her cross-training game this year as a member of Reset:Breathe fitness.
Trish posted some impressive times during 2019, including finishing the Proude’s Shoes 5km race in May in a time of 24:36, with an average pace of 4:55, as well as a strong finish at the Sugarloaf Marathon later that month with a time of 4:11:54.
Trish is known amongst the running community as a dedicated runner, who is always positive and humble.
Congratulations Trish! Someday we will present you with your fancy award and a lovely prize from award sponsor Proude’s Shoes!
This season, out of a possible 290 Points, Mike took home 282!
In his 7 10K or less events he was 1st male Roadrunner 4 times, 2nd twice & was our 16th in the Golden Mile where he paced 6yo Alice.
In his 5 over 10K events he was top male Roadrunner at
Freeze Your Gizzard Half Marathon
Michael Thomas 10 Miler
The Dunk River Run
Farmers Helping Farmers 10 Miler.
He was the 3rd male Roadrunner at the Brookvale Ultra 25K, finishing 3 seconds behind his son Samuel.
Except Brookvale & The Golden Mile, he had a sub 4 minute Km at every event, his pace ranging from 3:32/km to 3:54/km.
Congratulations Mike! ADL/SportPEI have a fancy certificate we’ll get to you some day. As well, we have a 1st Place Points Certificate for you, a Points mug & a pair of shoes from Hashem’s! Don’t hold your breath but eventually we will connect you with your well deserved awards!