I went for two runs on Thanksgiving Monday and they were both extra special. My first run was in Rockwood Park and the fall colours were amazing. I literally had to run around a deer. Could they get any tamer? My daughter Lily and I then went on a trail run at Bonshaw Hills Park near Charlottetown on the way back to the University of Prince Edward Island. It is a fantastic set of trails if you like to walk, run or mountain bike.
The best set of colours though on Thanksgiving weekend were predominantly purple. On a beautiful Saturday morning, the Sweet Caroline Run event was again supported by a huge group of participants. I spotted many people who I knew outside of running. They were supporting on Saturday because of the intent of the run. We were all there to spread awareness about allergies and anaphylaxis. In honouring the tragic death of Caroline Lorrette, the Sweet Caroline Foundation “continues her legacy while helping to create a safer place for those living with allergies”. Caroline’s favourite colour was purple and the walkers and runners on Saturday all wore purple in her memory.
Bill Anderson passed away more recently on September 27. Bill and his sister Gail would attend any group runs I organized. He had issues with his breathing so he could not usually start quickly but he always finished fast. In 2015, Bill finished fast in 21 races! He ran the Sweet Caroline Run that year with me and won the Run NB Superseries Award for runners aged 70 years and above.
The New Brunswick Superseries that year was not an easy task for a Saint John area runner. Bill raced everyone from the northwest in St Francois to the northeast in Tracadie-Sheila. He travelled to Bathurst, Bouctouche, Caraquet, Chipman, Fredericton, Grand-Digue, Miramichi, Moncton, Saint-Isidore, Shediac, St Andrews and Woodstock. He started the season off with a win for his age in Lorneville and never looked back. Amanda Coakley from Saint John was the only other runner that year to attempt the same feat.
Bill was always game to do different types of runs. He would run fast around the Rothesay commons, the track at UNBSJ, the dirt trails at Odell Park in Fredericton and the snowmobile trails around Saint John. When I stopped leading runs from KenVal Rehab due to my job in Sussex, I immediately missed seeing Bill and Gail regularly. Bill started running late in life but he became very passionate about it. If there is an award for running every RUN NB Superseries event, I hope they rename it in Bill’s honour and the Superseries always includes the Sweet Caroline Run.