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CHCM Road Race
– The First 25
The first CHCM 10 Kilometre
Road Race was held in Marystown in 1981. The race started and
finished at the Marystown Summer Games Track, with an out and back course
on the main street through the town. It marked the first time
that a major road race was held on the Burin Peninsula, with runners
visiting from Central Newfoundland and the Avalon Peninsula. Paul
McCloy and Colleen Martin from St. John’s were the respective male
and female winners in a field of over 30 runners. In the second
year, a smaller field of runners took to the road. Colleen Martin
returned as the female winner. Joe Ryan, from St. John’s, took
the senior male honors. Bill Hiller from Grand Falls won the masters
category. The race was not run in 1983 and 1984 but was revived in 1985
using a new route and run in conjunction with the Marystown Kinsmen
By 1986, members of Mariners
Athletics Club (MAC) who organize the race were looking for a faster
course. The club moved the race to Garnish where it was
established as a permanent site. This course is an out and back
route which starts at the Garnish Recreation Centre, passes through
Frenchman's Cove, with a turn around point at the outskirts of the town.
The Garnish-Frenchman’s Cove course is flat making it conducive to fast times. In that first year in Garnish-Frenchman’s Cove, Nicola Will from St. John’s set a female course record in a time of 36:20. In 1989, Olympian Paul McCloy, Newfoundland’s most successful distance runner, competing in his second CHCM Road Race, set a male course record in a time of 29:53. Fortune native, Brian Collier running under the MAC banner set a junior record in 32:33. The race has become popular in the road racing community with experienced and novice participants running for personal best times.
With a growing tradition of
being one of several quality races organized outside St. John’s, the
CHCM Road race was included in the 1990 Provincial TIMEX Road
Race Series. The race continues to be part of the TIMEX road race
series and the newly established Toyota Plaza series as organized by
the Newfoundland and Labrador Athletics Association (NLAA). Mariners
Athletics Club remains the host club and CHCM Radio continues to sponsor
and promote the event on an annual basis. The Southern Gazette,
the local Burin Peninsula newspaper, carries pre and post coverage of
the race. The Garnish Town Council and the Garnish Fire Department
provides support in making the race a community event.
In the 1990’s as the provincial
road race scene experienced a participation growth, so did the CHCM
Road Race. Participation doubled in 1993 with 77 participants
– walkers, joggers and serious road racers. Over the years the
race has taken on an interprovincial - international flavor. A
large contingent of runners from St. Pierre and Miquelon have joined
the ever increasing number of runners from the St. John's - Mount Pearl
Region, other track and field regions and other provinces.
Participation from most towns
on the Burin Peninsula continues to increase each year with the largest
number in 2007. A number of participants are now making the race
a family affair. Some participants are competitive, racing against
other competitors in their age categories, while others jog or walk
the course for the challenge of covering the 10 Km distance, and other
family members just come out to watch the race.
In the 25 year history of the
race, the race have had several multiple winners. Claudio Arthur of St. Pierre has accumulated
the most wins with six first place finishes – 1993, 1999, 2000, 2003,
2004 and 2005. Paul McCloy has won three times – 1981, 1989,
and 1991; Scott Young of St. John’s also has won three times – 1995,
1996 and 1998. Marie Decker of St. John’s has won the female
division four times recording victories in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2004.
Tracey Pope from Grand Bank has won three times – 1996, 1997, and
1998. Art Meaney of St. John’s, has the distinction of holding
two course records – the male 40-49 age division record of 33.19 and
the male 50-59 age division record of 34.46.
During the past 25 years, a
number of male and female runners from the Burin Peninsula have taken
top honours – Gordon Brockerville and Shelly Farrell (1985), Brian
Collier (1987), Brenda Foley (1991), Lionel Foote (1992), Tracey
Pope (1996, 1997, and 1998), Grant Handrigan (2006) and Ryan Brockerville
In 2007 during the 25th anniversary run a record number of 78 participants completed the race. This year the course is re-certified and will have road race markers showing kilometers completed and a large clock at the finish line so participants can see their times as they cross the finish line. MAC organizers, CHCM and Garnish Town Council representatives are hoping to top 100 particpants.
To make it convenient for local
participants, there is an early registration at CHCM Radio Station from
5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. on Thursday, May 29. Participants may also
register on site between 10:30 A.M. and 11:45 A.M. just before race
start at 12:00 Noon on May 31.
The registration fee is $15.00
($10.00 for NLAA members). This fee includes a $5.00 One Day Race
Permit for non-NLAA members. A reception and medal presentation
will follow the race at approximately 1:30 PM. A number of prize
draws, which includes TIMEX watches, Toyota prizes and CHCM prizes,
will be made during the reception.
For more information, interested
participants may call Lyman Keeping 826-2787 or Gordon Brockerville
at 279-0380. More information about this race and other NLAA events
you may wish to visit the NLAA website http://www.nlaa.ca/
of the CHCM Road Race