Recently I was invited to have coffee with Brantford's marathoner, Rick Mannen (read below about his major success in the 1980's). What an honour. It was great to exchange running stories and learn about the NEW 2012 Brantford Tournament of Races, Road and Trail Series. Brantford has had numerous road races but never a series so this is great! The group is gaining a lot of support from local businesses and organizations and I was asked if I would consider supporting and endorsing the Series as a runner and spokesperson. The more I learned about Brantford's history of running, the more I wanted to be involved in bringing a culture of running back to Brantford. So, I said yes! Kevin Sullivan has also agreed to support this Series!
There is a media launch Nov 15th where we will introduce the series to the media and community and will be inviting local dignataries and prominent supporters of our series.
Stay tuned for more!
Rick Mannen, Brantford's Athlete of the Week in December 2000.
Rick Mannen - December 12, 2000
This week's "Athlete of the Week" is Rick Mannen a member of the Brantford Track and Field Club. Rick is an outstanding marathon runner who has competed at all levels of competition. He represented Canada at the World Cup Marathon in Seoul South Korea in 1987, at the Pacific Rim Marathon Championships in 1990 and was the winner of the 1987 Hong Kong International Marathon. Rick was recognized for his outstanding sports accomplishments locally in 1984, 1985 and inducted into The Sports Hall of Recognition in 1987. This year he was the overall Masters series winner of the 2000 Tim Horton's running series and is currently ranked 4th in Canada for the Masters (over 40 yrs.) marathon. Rick is an active community supporter who has been involved with the Brantford Classic Run for many years and most recently was a honorary water carrier and committee member of the 2000 Trans Canada Trail Relay. What an outstanding career, much success in the future Rick.
As for training, I had another great week. Ran 95 km, biked 3 times, and swam 3 times (plus the usual core, strength training and stretching). Tuesday was a biggie run ... 25 km with Seth and Leah in the Chariot and the dog on leash!
I hope to log about 105 km this week, which will include another long Chariot run. It's so beautiful in October! Another few weeks of this great weather would be lovely!