Chuck Dixon, shown above running in the Boston Marathon, took first place in the recent Fredericton Marathon.
By Melora McInnis
SACKVILLE, N.B. – A Sackville man took first place at the Fredericton Marathon earlier this month. It was his first competitive race since late October.
Chuck Dixon finished with a time of 2:44.38 in the 42.2km marathon, more than seven minutes ahead of his closest competitor.
The marathon, which was held over the May 10-11 weekend, was extra popular this year, with 221 people registered in the full-length race. A five and 10 km race and a half marathon were also included as part of the weekend events.
Although Dixon won the race, he says he was a bit disappointed he wasn’t able to fulfill his own personal goal he had set before the run. He had a certain time he wanted to beat but came up short by four minutes.
“The goal is more important, but winning is good too,” said Dixon. “I was happy with my overall effort, I gave it my best.”
A major challenge for the runners was the heat, he said. People weren’t used to the heat this early in the season. It made it difficult for Dixon to maintain his running pace.
“The main challenge was trying to maintain my pace at 25 kilometres,” he said. “It’s a mental struggle.”
Dixon has been running competitively for eight years. At age 43, he trains everyday for almost two hours.
Before going on leave for his second child, now five months old, he would get up at 5 a.m. everyday to start his training so it didn’t interfere with his work. He also does speed training twice a week.
“Nutrition is a big part of it,” Dixon explained.
Outside of training, Dixon likes to spend time with his family. He is married to Mary Dixon, whom is also a runner. They are in the process of raising a three-year-old boy and a newborn baby girl.
“I’d like to be able to run with my son in a marathon, that would be cool.”
Dixon’s time in the Fredericton Marathon qualifies him for a spot in the next Boston Marathon.