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Demi-marathon de l’Acadie returns Sunday

Monthly event moves to earlier start times for summer

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
June 1, 2017

TRACADIE-SHEILA, N.B. – Participants in the monthly Demi-marathon de l’Acadie will start the race an hour earlier starting on Sunday, June 4.
The change in start times is an effort to beat the heat during the warmer months of the year, according to race director Donald Wade. The 356th event will begin at 9 a.m.
“It’s a trial, really,” said Wade. “It was suggested last year by a few runners and we studied the idea during the winter, and said why not try it.”
The Tracadie races have always been firm with a start time of 10 a.m., a time of day that can see the thermometer creep upwards considerably in months like June, July and August.

Carol Lynn Landry and Dean Strowbridge were among the participants in the June running of the Demi-marathon de l’Acadie in Tracadie-Sheila, N.B. The next event will take place on Sunday, June 4.

Photo courtesy of Demi-marathon de l’Acadie

“A lot of people complained about the heat,” he said. “Some people were coming in after 12, and it was kind of rough on them. So we’re going to try it and see how it works, and see if the turnout will be good on Sunday.”
In the past couple of years, the event has seen around 30 runners for the June race, and Wade is expecting about the same this year, although numbers could be affected by last weekend’s Ottawa Marathon.
Several of the Demi-marathon de l’Acadie regular runners traveled to Ottawa to take part in that event, and Wade was not certain how many would be ready to run a half marathon only one week later.
Jean-Marie Breau, for example, completed the Lumberjack Challenge at the Ottawa Marathon, running 59.2 km in four races over two days – the 2K, 5K, 10K and full marathon. Breau is one of the organizers of the Demi-marathon de l’Acadie, has never missed one, and won’t be missing this one, according to Wade.
For more on the 356e Demi-marathon de l’Acadie, visit here .