About Joe

Joe McGuire is a native of Woodstock.  He is a High School teacher, coach, referee, and a renowned distance runner.
Joe started his running career in 1977 completing his first marathon in 1979.  Since then he has completed over 200 races of which approximately 40 were marathons.
 Highlights were:
  • 11 Boston, 3 Halifax (one of which was Joe’s best marathon time, 2 hr., 27 min., currently a N.B. record), 3 New York, 2 Ottawa (one of which was Olympic Trials), and 1 Chicago.
  • Joe has won 5 National Masters races
  • 2 marathons, one 13.1 mile, one 20K and one 10K
  • Joe currently holds the Canadian Maters record for five miles on the road, (24 minutes 56 seconds)
 As a master, Joe has not lost a race in Canada or in the New England States.  The highlight if Joe’s career was the Boston Marathon in 1985 when he won the masters’ category and was the first Canadian finisher overall.  He has been the top Canadian master’s finisher each year that he has run Boston.
In recognition of his success in Boston, the Woodstock Old Home Week Road Race was renamed the Joe McGuire Road Race in 1985.  Woodstock’s Joe McGuire continues to run and compete in races.

Name: Joseph (Joe) Harold McGuire
Hometown: Woodstock, NB
Residence: Woodstock, NB
Birthdate: December 26, 1943

The Woodstock, NB native was a distinguished distance runner between the year 1977 and 1998 best known as New Brunswick’s current record holder for fastest marathon time of 2:27:51.

Joe grew up and lives in Woodstock, NB with his late wife Ginette (née Caissie). They raised two sons, Shawn (1971) and Trevor (1972). Joe studied at St. Thomas University in Fredericton from 1963-1967. After university, Joe returned to his hometown where he began teaching at Woodstock High School. During his career as a teacher, Joe was also very active in coaching sports such as soccer, basketball, hockey and baseball.

Joe started running in 1977 to lose weight and improve his cardio-vascular level. At that time, he could not run a mile and was conscious of people seeing him, so he ran in the evenings at the golf course when it was dark. In the late 70’s and early 80’s, Joe was running on a regular basis and was averaging about 50 miles per week, with every run being under a 6 minutes per mile pace.

From 1984 and throughout the next few years, Joe was averaging over 3,000 miles a year on the road. On two occasions Joe ran two races in one day and in both cases he won the first race overall and placed 2nd in the second one, but won the master’s category.

In 1984 he ran the Loyalists Days Half-Marathon then drove to Shippagan to run a 10KM race at 5PM. He changed in the car as they raced to Shippagan and arrived at the starting line as the gun went, but was unable to win the race overall (as he did the previous year) but placed 3rd. In conclusion, Joe has competed in over 200 road races and has never failed to finish them all and in his years as a master, he has never lost a race in eastern Canada or the New England States. He has won five national titles in the five races.

June 1962 – Athlete of the year at Woodstock High School

Oct 1983 – Winner of the RunNB Super Series

Oct 1984 – Win Halifax Marathon and establish NB Record (2:27:51)

July 1986 – Inaugural Joe McGuire Road Race

April 1985 – First Masters Finisher at the Boston Marathon

1988 – Celebration 88 Awards Program – Male Athlete

Nov 1995 – Woodstock Sport Hall of Fame

Nov 2009 – Inducted into the RunNB Hall of Fame

2:27:51 – Halifax Marathon-  Halifax NS Oct 1984

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