This story ran in the July 2 edition of the Daily Gleaner.
One of the newest faces on the Fredericton running scene made a quick impression at the Salmon Run 5km event last weekend, winning the inaugural race in the 65-person field in a solid time of 19:48.
It’s something Guillaume Dauphin gives credit to his interest in swimming, rowing and trail running as well as the rocky terrains he has taken advantage of while living in his native France before moving to Newfoundland and Labrador and eventually Fredericton.
“As a teenager, I was mostly involved in swimming and when I started university, I sort of stopped and found myself having a lot of free time. So I decided to try a few other sports,” said Dauphin, who raced in the men’s 30-39 age division last week.
That switch took place around 2000-2001 and he started to run a few times a week, finding the relaxation benefits were a perfect tonic for his busy agenda.
“After that, I started rowing competitively and running was always an enjoyable cross-training activity. It was during that time that I also started doing a bit more trail running. I have been lucky to live in places with fantastic scenery. Running on an epic coastline or mountain range certainly enhanced the whole experience for me.”
Dauphin moved to Fredericton in 2015 from Newfoundland when he accepted a post-doctoral position with the Canadian Rivers Institute. He’s been injured but met some of the folks in the Fredericton running community and is slowly getting back into a regular training routine.
“They have a great crowd, so I am hoping to run more often with them,” he explained.
He cites 2013 as the year for his most memorable run, a 20km road race called the Cape to Cabot Race in Newfoundland. Only three kilometres are considered flat, with a 550m elevation gain, a 450m elevation drop and four major climbs in what is described as Newfoundland and Labrador’s premier road-racing event.
“It started in Cape Spear and ended at the top of Signal Hill and there are a few hills in between,” Dauphin said. “The scenery, the crowd, everything was just awesome. I got a decent time for a first timer, so I was just really happy.”
He finished in 1:30.53, good for 21st place overall in the field of approximately 400 athletes.
Dauphin also looks back on a European result with great satisfaction.
“Another good one was a 5K I did when I was in Ireland – around 2007. I ran that in 18:15. The main reason it’s memorable is because it was a personal best. I wish I could run that fast again.”
Given his result in the Salmon Run, Dauphin is not that far away from his personal best of almost a decade ago.
In general, he aims on returning to full health and specifically, he’d like to row 2000m under 6:10 on the rowing machine, crack 18 minutes in a 5km race and then, if time and health allows, venture into the world of triathlon.
The first Salmon Run took place to raise funds to support educational programming that re-connects New Brunswick youth with salmon conservation efforts.
It seemed appropriate for Dauphin to take part, given his running background and his professional interests.
“I work mostly on Atlantic salmon population dynamics and my current project focuses on the Miramichi and Restigouche Rivers. I try to understand the regulatory mechanisms that occur in these rivers in order to, potentially, improve the management of these populations.”
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