There are so many people to thank that I'll just refer to the event name so I don't miss anybody.
First I want to thank Run New Brunswick for their support by promoting Nordic Walking to race directors. Great job.
Jan 2008 was the start of the training season for the writer. I helped a friend of mine coach a group from the Moncton Running Room get ready for a Spring half marathon. It was a terrible winter to train because of all the snow. Everyone who completed the clinic went onto finish their event. A real neet thing about these clinics is that you meet such wonderful people and share some great stories.
The Grand Digue NB 15K in April was my first event of the season. Was I ever impressed with this one. The course was great and it seems that everyone from the community comes out to support it. The food was out of this world.
The Bluenose 1/2 marathon in Halifax was next up. Again my hats off to the organizers. VERY GOOD JOB
Johnny Miles 1/2 marathon in New Glasgow NS is my all time favorite. So much community spirit and organized so well. The fact that they recognized our military was a real class act.
Saint John NB is the biggest Nordic Walking event in Atlantic Canada if not the whole country. I did the 1/2 marathon with over 40 other NW. and it's growing all the time. A lot of the credit goes to Yennah Hurley and Daryl Steeves. I've had a PB on this course. Mark this as a MUST DO IN 2009.
This was my second year for the 1/2 marathon in Portland Maine. The event was well organized and the course is beautiful.
The PEI 1/2 marathon and 10k for the first time had Nordic Walking categories. I did the 1/2 and loved every minute of it. Put this one on your list.
Moncton's 1/2 marathon " Legs for Literacy" finished off the season for me. I had the privilege of helping out with a clinic from the City hospital. Great time Great people it doesn't get much better.