Friday, October 19, 2018

Joe Ryan Receives Ian Ash Memorial Award

From Selection Committee Chair John Ryan:
"On behalf of the selection committee I would like to thank all who submitted nominations for the award this year. I would also like on behalf of the committee, and I am sure of our entire running community, to extend congratulations to Joe Ryan, the winner for 2018. Also, thank you Art Meaney for your words at the presentation of the award which I summarize below."
Joe Ryan is one of the most important and influential figures in Newfoundland running history. He has been a superb athlete, builder, administrator, historian, coach and mentor. In 1969 at age twenty, while running on the Memorial Cross Country Team, he won the Tely 10. Since then he has run forty-six Telys, twenty one of them under sixty minutes with a personal best of 51:33. During the 1970s, 80s and 90s Joe Ryan was one of our provinces best distance runners, winning the 1975 Marathon Championship (his marathon PB is 2:33:49) the Cross Country Championship and many other races at various distances. Long before it became a popular thing for Newfoundland runners to do, he ran both the Boston and New York City Marathons.

Joe played a major role in establishing the basis for the enormous popularity today of the historic Tely 10. He was chair of the Tely Committee from 1997 to 2007 and promoted the expansion and popularity of our road race calendar as Road Race Chairman for many years. As well he found time to be a track and field official and serve on the board of Run Canada.

Joe is the historian of our most famous and historic running event. In 2002 he published his, "History of the Tely 10," and is updating it with a second volume. He is also working on a history of the Newfoundland Marathon, possibly the oldest marathon in Canada. In recent years Joe Ryan has assumed the role of coach and mentor. He was the Joints in Motion co-ordinator for four years, training and leading runners to events in Dublin, Honolulu, Athens and many other overseas destinations. Many runners know him as a clinic coach for local events such as the Tely, Cape to Cabot and the Marathon.

Next year Joe Ryan will be seventy and it will be the 50th anniversary of his 1969 Tely win. His love of running and his desire to share his knowledge and experience remains undiminished after all the years. He is very much deserving of the Ian Ash Memorial Award.

Pictured L-R Bill Pomeroy, John Ryan, Joe Ryan & Art Meaney

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Putt & Wadden Win Cape To Cabot

It was a spectacular fall morning for the Cape to Cabot with some 427 runners covering the 20k hilly span between Cape Spear and Cabot Tower.

Zach Putt was 1st overall in 1 hour 18 minutes 41 seconds with Peter Bazeley 2nd in 1:21:22 and Brian Caines 3rd in 1:22:53. 1st place lady was Katie Wadden in 1:32:12 followed by Melanie van Soeren in 1:33:10 and Ali Crawford in 1:35:29.

CLICK HERE for results.

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Orangetheory Fitness Cape to Cabot Health Expo Sat Oct 13

You are invited to the Orangetheory Fitness Cape to Cabot Health Expo Saturday October 13 from 1-5pm at the Marine Institute, 155 Ridge Road in St. John’s.

Running-related health and product vendors include Orangetheory Fitness, Outfitters Adventures, Splash n Dash, Running Room, Active Health Chiropractic, Canadian Mental Health Association, Avalon Laser Health, Live Without Pain, Premier Athletic Therapy, Nova Physiotherapy, Crossfit Islander, Epicure, Lisa Sheppard Fitness, Simply for Life, Once in a Lifetime Travel, and a bouncy castle for kids! Vendors interested in booking space please contact Karen Stacey at

Admission is free but please bring your gently-used running shoes for donation to The Gathering Place / R.E.A.L. Program, and footwear, jackets and other clothing for donation to Neighbourhood Give and Shop, by Choices for Youth.

The Orangetheory Fitness Cape to Cabot 20k is an event created and organized by AthleticsNorthEAST. Contact Guy Beazley, Race Director or phone 709-722-0184.


Saturday, September 22, 2018

Nominations For Ian Ash Memorial Award 2018

The annual Ian Ash Memorial Award for 2018 will be presented by the Autism Society in conjunction with Athletics NorthEAST at the reception for the Cape to Cabot 20k on October 14.

This award is "presented to an individual who has given selflessly to the sport of running and through it to the community at large - as did Ian".

If you would like to nominate someone please submit their name and a brief resume to by October 7. A committee consisting of Peter Browne, Joe Dunford, Ed Durnford, Bill Pomeroy, Susan Matthews and Chair John Ryan will choose the winner.

Past winners are Bill Pomeroy, Glenn Smith, Art Meaney, Steve DelaneyDan Penney, Ben Dunne, Chris Murphy, Keith Day and Susan Matthews.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Trinity Fort To Forge This Sunday

The Trinity Fort to Forge 10k is this Sunday September 16 featuring a scenic 10k run (5k option) through historic Trinity in support of Young Adult Cancer Canada.

Sweet Rock Ice Cream is a returning sponsor and Twine Loft Restaurant in Trinity has generously donated a draw prize of a dinner for two for one lucky registrant and their guest.

On-line registration closes 11pm Saturday with in-person registration available at the Parish Hall in Trinity from 8:45-9:30am race morning Sunday.

CLICK HERE for more information and registration, and feel free to contact Dawne Marlow or 709-464-2551.