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Feb 28 2020 - Canadians Lalonde, Gay ready for the 2020 Pan American Cup on home soil

Story By: Jonathan Yue (Athletics Canada)


The top runners from around North and South America will converge on Victoria, BC., this weekend as Canada plays host to the 2020 Pan American Cross Country Cup on February 29th.

With a group of talented athletes set to toe the start line, the Canadian squad is ready to put on a show on home soil, marking, for a handful of athletes, the first time they will be competing in front of friends and family while representing the red and white.

Having represented Canada on numerous occasions, including the Olympic Games in 2016 and most recently at the IAAF World Championships, Geneviève Lalonde believes that it adds a different experience to the competition. After moving to British Columbia last month, it only increases the uniqueness of the whole event for the Moncton-native.

“It will be extra special,” says the 2019 Canadian cross country champion Lalonde. “Representing Canada is always an honour and comes with so much pride. Being able to race in Canada, you gain all of this added support out on the course and now being a local, it will be really special to share that with my friends and family.”

It’s been a few months now since her last competition in November, Lalonde says she feels great mentally and physically. With the added rest and smooth transition to the west coast, everything has gone as planned leading up to the Pan American Cup.

The 28-year-old will be joined by Maria Bernard-Galea, Natasha Wodak, Victoria Coates, Kirsten Lee, and Hannah Woodhouse in the senior race, while Mackenzie Campbell, Annika Ariano, Ceili McCabe, Petal Palmer, Sadie Sigfstead, and Abbey Yuhasz represent the U20 team.

For the younger athletes who may be feeling nervous leading up to this weekend, Lalonde says “Have fun! This is a very different course than nationals and I think you should be excited about the opportunity to wear the Canadian kit in Canada.”

On the men’s side, the senior team will consist of John Gay, Jean-Simon Desgagnes, Mitchell Ubene, Connor Black, and Brandon Allen, while Scott Arndt, Chase Canty, Dakota Goguen, Philippe Morneau-Cartier, Kevin Robertson, and Keon Wallingford round out the U20 team.

With this opportunity, Kelowna-native John Gay is excited to add another experience to his growing international resume. Having competed at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships last March and the IAAF World Track and Field Championships in October, Gay is embracing each experience as its own.

“Every opportunity to represent Canada adds a familiarity to the process of preparing for, and performing on, the international stage,” Gay said. “Each subsequent team has come with a little more wisdom, a little more confidence, and an understanding of what is necessary to be at my best when it matters most.”

“The chance to run in front of family, friends, and teammates is especially exciting. For the first time, the group of people who have supported and enabled me to strive for my best will be on hand and I’m looking forward to perform for those who’ve helped me reach this stage.”

Having already begun his track season indoors, Gay isn’t worried about going straight from the track to the course. Gay and his coach, Chris Johnson, have designed their training plan with the Pan American Cup in mind, allowing them to transition seamlessly between the two.

“[The training plan] allowed me to go after my goals at shorter distances without compromising my ability to compete at my best,” Gay said, who has been competing in the mile and 3000-metres indoors. “I’m a big believer that fitness is transferable across surfaces, whether that be track, cross country, or road.”

Overall, the opportunity of having the Pan American Cup in Victoria this year allows the athletes to showcase who they are and what they can do to the Canadians who will be on hand to take in the race.

When it’s time to race on Saturday, Lalonde will be ready to feed off the home crowd, as they inspire her and she inspires them.

“It’s like putting on a superhero costume. When you place it on, you suddenly have a wave of extra energy,” explained Lalonde. “I look forward to winning the team title and ultimately working with my teammates on the course. That’s what cross country is all about!”

Feb 24 2020 - Stephanie Doiron to Step Down as Executive Director of Athletics New Brunswick and RunNB March 6 2020

Stephanie Doiron has informed the Board of Directors that she will be leaving her position of Executive Director of Athletics New Brunswick and of RunNB effective March 6th, 2020.

Citing work-life balance and a desire to return to the corporate world, Stephanie will be leaving ANB and RunNB having overseen the reorganization of the role of ED over her past year of service.

“Stephanie came to ANB and RunNB at just the right time,” says ANB President and Board Chair Marc Lalonde. “Her leadership and eye for detail have helped ANB and RunNB reorganize their processes and finances, while directing a team of dedicated staff and volunteers to continue improving the sport of athletics and road running in our province. The work accomplished by Stephanie over the course of the past year is nothing short of impressive and we will surely miss her presence. We wish her all the best in her next adventure.”

“I am proud of the work we accomplished over the past year with the help of my wonderful staff colleagues, volunteers, partners and supporters. Thank you to everyone who has helped me along the way and to those who continue to help the organizations succeed. I wish Athletics New Brunswick and Run New Brunswick all the best in the years to come and I look forward to being involved in one way or another with these organizations in the future.”

The employment posting for ANB and RunNB’s Executive Director will follow shortly.

For inquiries please contact:


Marc Lalonde

President of ANB


Feb 20 2020 - Team NB Legion Coaching Call

Athletics New Brunswick is now seeking applicants for the upcoming Royal Canadian Legion provincial team programs. Applicants are asked to submit the requested documents to by Friday April 10th, 2020.

More information about hte coaching call can be found here:

General information about the Legion Program can be found here:

Feb 13 2020 - Update to Policy 6: Registration of Members

Dear ANB members, please take a moment to read the following policies that have been updated on February 12th, 2020:

Policy 6: Registration of Members (available here:

Some of the changes include the addition of the recreational membership and clarification on temporary membership (also known unofficially as the "day membership").

If you have any questions, please contact Thank you!

Feb 12 2020 - 2020 Outdoor Schedule

The 2020 outdoor schedule has been updated with some key dates, including the locations for NBIAA Regionals and Provincials, Jeux de la francophonie canadienne trials, NB Legion Provincial Championships, Atlantic Championships and more. Make sure to check the ANB Calendar for more info.

Feb 10 2020 - A Message From the AC Athletes Council

This past week-end, the Globe and Mail published a disturbing story about former Canadian track and field runner, Megan Brown, and her allegations of sexual abuse against her former coach, Dave Scott-Thomas. 

As New-Brunswick's Provincial Sport Organization for athletics, we want to congratulate Megan for her courage and strength to come forward and to share her story. We also want to remind our members, especially our athletes, that you have resources available to you in the event that you needed support in matters of safe sport.

One of these resources is the Athletics Canada Athletes Council made up of three athletes: Kate Van Buskirk, Charles Philibert-Thiboutot and Jennifer Brown. The Athletes Council shared a letter to all athletes today that we feel is important for you to read. 

The full Globe and Mail article is available here:

Feb 8 2020 - NB Indoor Championships & University Invitational Recap

Over the weekend, over 340 athletes descended on Saint John’s Irving Oil Field House to mark the largest indoor competition in the Atlantic region this year for the 2020 New Brunswick Indoor Championships and University Invitational.

Most Atlantic university schools sent teams, along with club athletes and open athletes, which made for an exciting atmosphere in the field house. While the atmosphere off the track was second to none, the action on the track and in the field also spoke volumes.

New provincial records broken were as follows:

- Frank Kelly - Masters 80-84 - 800m - 4.03.25 & 1500m 8.18.03

- Calvin McDonald - Masters Age 60-64 - Weight Throw - 10.37m

- Dave Jefferson - Masters 75-79 - Weight Throw - 11.15m – Long Jump 2.65m

- Erin Vringer - U18 - 800m 2.15.92

- Sharon Peabody – Masters 60-64 60m Hurdle 15.62s – Long Jump 2.57m

Saint John Track & Field Club took home the team banner with 430 points, and Athletisme Chaleur Athletics took second with 218 points.

There were some impressive performances across the board, and we’re excited to see where athletes take the rest of the indoor season and lead into the outdoor season.

Full results from the championships can be found here:

Feb 6 2020 - MacPherson Smashes 1500m record

While Sarah MacPherson ran the one mile at the Dr. Sanders Invitational in New York last week, running an impressive 4:33.36 to meet Athletics Canada’s World Indoor Standard, the World Indoor Championships have been postponed until 2021. Despite this disappointing news, MacPherson still has something to celebrate, in running a 4:14.91 1500m split during that particular race, which would make it a new Provincial Record, smashing Genevieve Lalonde’s previous record by more than 4 seconds.

Congratulations to Sarah and we look forward to see what she can accomplish in 2020!

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