This dynamic duo will team up Monday to compete in the 122nd Boston Marathon, making their debut in the race, the world’s oldest marathon and hallowed ground for distance runners. “If someone runs marathons, this is the one to run,” Tetreault said. Each followed a different path to the Mecca of marathoning. Tetreault is a lifelong runner, getting her start 40 years ago as a freshman with the North Country Union cross country team, eventually becoming an upper-echelon distance runner for the Falcons, winning indoor track one- and two-mile state titles. “My older brother [Dave Delabruere] was a junior on the wrestling team, he and his teammates went out for cross country to get in shape, and he told ‘Show up at practice today, you’re going to run on the team too.’ I didn’t even have running shoes, I went to practice that first day with street shoes,” Tetreault said.
Meanwhile Hunter was a cyclist who could ride 100 miles in a day, but she set aside the hobby to start a family and operate a successful veterinary practice (The Animal Doctor, celebrating its 27th year), but when her oldest son, former NCU state champion Sam Brunnette, took an interest in running in the lead-up to ninth grade, she joined him to keep him motivated. “I didn’t start running until I was 45,” Hunter said. “[My son] started running in the Newport Recreation Department summer track program, and when it ended I kept running with him to keep him going. Then I said, I might as well keep running, it’s kind of fun.” Tetreault and Hunter were well acquainted. Both lived in Newport Center, their children (Tetreault has two, Hunter three) grew up together, and Tetreault oversaw the summer track program that sparked Sam’s interest. But they didn’t discover their shared passion for running until two years ago. After training alone, Hunter made her marathon debut at the 2016 Vermont City Marathon, to the surprise of Tetreault, who was there competing on a relay team. “We didn’t know she was doing it,” said Tetreault, who had already completed three marathons at that point, Frankfurt, Germany in 1984, Toronto in 2010, Vermont City in 2011. “That’s when we chit-chatted and said ‘Let’s do one together.’” They proved a good match.
They provided each other with motivation and support during the marathon training process, getting together for long runs on the weekend, making the four-month buildup to 26.2 miles more enjoyable, following the example of their sons, who competed together at North Country Union, winning a 4x800 relay title at the 2015 Vermont outdoor track and field championship. “It’s nice to have someone to run with,” Tetreault said. “Selina and I will get together once a week for a long run together. That’s the way it works generally when you train with a marathon partner. You pick a [training] plan, do your weekly workouts on your own, and meet over the weekend for a long run, and you talk about how your week went. Those long runs, you can talk, it’s conversation pace. That allows them to stick together during training runs and finish side by side in races, including last year’s Via Marathon in Allentown, Penn., which they finished in identical times of 3 hours, 53.41 seconds, qualifying them for this year’s Boston. “We trained for a marathon in the fall of 2016, and from there we kept going until we got to Boston,” Hunter said. “She’s run for decades, I haven’t even hit one decade yet, but we’re well matched. The two friends kicked off the weekend with a shot of inspiration, traveling to Connecticut College to watch Brunnette (now a collegiate All-American at Plymouth State) compete in the Silfen Invitational on Friday. Next they will spend the weekend in Boston before joining the field of 30,000 on Monday. It will be marathon number eight for Tetreault, five for Hunter. They look forward to enjoying the sights and sounds of the storied race despite an unfavorable forecast that calls for 50 degree temperatures, rain and strong headwinds. After crossing the finish line on Boylston Street, they will return to Newport Center, where they have plans to expand their running friendship, with an eye towards starting a women’s running club in upper Orleans County. Tetreault, who came of age during a running boom when women were just beginning to take up the sport en masse (the Boston Marathon didn’t allow women until 1972), said a local running club catering to women would offer encouragement, camaraderie and safety in numbers. Said Hunter, “The two of us like running together, but we would love to have others. I think there are other people out there.” The Animal Doctor. Hunter and was very pleased with her warm, caring demeanor and her willingness to take the time to explain in detail the complex issues involved in my dogs care. Hunter and was very pleased with her warm, caring demeanor and her willingness to take the time to explain in detail the complex issues involved in my dogs care. She is also quite a bit less expensive and willing to save her clients money by using equally good generic drugs. Selina is not only one of the kindest individuals I know, she is hands down the Best vet I have ever been to.
It was a struggle to find a vet whom cared as much as I did for my animals. She not only does everything … more Selina is not only one of the kindest individuals I know, she is hands down the Best vet I have ever been to. It was a struggle to find a vet whom cared as much as I did for my animals.
She not only does everything in her power to understand the animals needs but she makes you feel at ease and fills you in on all thoughts related to your animals condition. Selina has a large heart for her four legged customers and is always in the best interest of them. The staff is also extremely friendly and makes you feel as if you and your pet are always welcomed. My pets went from hating the vets office, peeing on the floors and quivering at the site of the building, to walking in with ears forward, wagging tails, and belly rubs :)Thank you Selina!