On the Run May 2, 2018 (an expanded version of the column that appeared in today’s Telegraph Journal)

Image may contain: 4 people, people smiling, outdoorA great weekend ahead for New Brunswick runners.  It all starts on Saturday in Memramcook with the Demi marathon Coeurs Chaud-Warm Hearts Half Marathon.  This race has it all from kids races up through 5-km, 10-km and up to the half marathon distance.  Everyone gets a finishers medal and 5-km, 10-km and half marathon finishers get a t-shirt.  Learn more at https://raceroster.com/events/2018/15562/demi-marathon-coeurs-chauds-warm-hearts-half-marathon

The next day in Tracadie it’s the 367th running of the Demi-marathon de l’Acadie.  This is truly a classic that every runner in New Brunswick should run at least once in their running career.  Every month since way back in 1987 runners have braved cold winter storms and sweltering summer heat to keep up the tradition.  It is clean and simple, one distance, one route, one great time.  Register now at https://events.runnb.ca/event/367e-demi-marathon-de-lacadie/19602/

At the same time in Moncton, Un Phare dans la Nuit/A Beacon in the Night offers a 5-km on a closed course at the Moncton Stadium.  A Beacon in the Night is also an awareness campaign hoping to demystify the prejudice around mental health issues.  Get all the details at https://events.runnb.ca/event/un-phare-dans-la-nuit-a-beacon-in-the-night/22284/

Last weekend the big event was the 15-km Grande Digue.  This is a race with a tradition of both inclusion and excellence so the winning times are always impressive.  In the men’s 15-km the leader was Lee Wesselius of River Glade in 50:32 ahead of Alex Neuffer of Stratford PEI in 51:12 and Kyle Smith of Halifax in 52:30. The women were led by Sacha “The Beast” Hourihan of Southfield in 57:43 for a convincing win over a pair of Moncton runners who had a real race for second place, Rochelle Johnson (1:01:26) and Anouk Pelletier (1:01:48).  At the 5-km distance the women’s event was won by Josianne Guay of Edmundston in 20:31 followed closely by Dartmouth’s Stacy Chestnutt in 20:43. Third place went to Sylvie Leblanc of North Tetagouche in 24:43.  The men were led by Vince Leclair of Balmoral in 18:41 ahead of Maxime Aube of Dieppe (20:38) and Adam (last name missing from results) of Shediac River in 22:49.  The 15-km walk for men was won by Pierre Godbout of Grand Digue in 2:16:17 ahead of Louie Richard of Moncton (2:41:59) and Alan Belleville of Shediac (2:42:29).  The women’s 15-km walk was dominated by Dieppe walkers,  Gisele Devarennes (2:07:57) Charline Richard (2:11:44) and Julie Richard (2:13:34).

One of the great programs of Run NB that we don’t report results on because of the philosophy of the program is the Small Strides, Healthy Lives running program for kids sponsored by the NB Medical Society.  This program offers medals for all kids who participate in events offered in parallel with adult runs around the Province.  Last week the 15-km Grand Digue and this weekend’s races A Beacon in the Night and Warm Hearts Half marathon all offer the Small Strides, Healthy Lives events for the kids.  Kudos to the run organizers for including this very important program for kids.

This week our Person on the Run goes to an amazing man from Tracadie.  Donald Wade is the race director of the Demi-Marathon de l’Acadie every month no matter the weather.  But this past weekend he laced them up and took on the 5-km in Grand Digue.  Another example of what makes our running community in New Brunswick so great.  Merci Donald.

Gotta run



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