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352nd Demi-marathon de l’Acadie coming up Feb. 5

Participants enjoy last year's February running of the Demi-marathon de l'Acadie.
By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Jan. 19, 2017

TRACADIE, N.B. – If the running gods sat down and created the perfect half marathon course, it might look something like the monthly Demi-marathon de l’Acadie in Tracadie, N.B.
For 21.1 kilometres, the point-to-point route is a runner’s dream, with gentle downward slopes for almost the entire distance.
A course map and elevation map of the Demi-marathon de l'Acadie
The popularity of the course cannot be questioned, as it has drawn runners on the first Sunday of every month for almost 30 years. Sunday, Feb. 5 will see the 352nd running of the event.
“The course never changes,” said Wade. “It’s always the same, start to finish.”
The February run usually draws about 30 runners, similar to the January run, which saw a slightly smaller group last month due to poor weather conditions.
Wade expects a decent crowd for the upcoming event.
“We should have a good turnout because there are not too many races in the wintertime, so people who are used to running longer distances like to run the half marathon on the first Sunday of each month,” he explained. “We have people training for marathons like Ottawa and Boston, so they like to run this race as part of their training.”

As the run reaches the shoreline, it proceeds down Main Street in Tracadie and ends at the S.A. Dionne swimming pool, where they have a post-run meeting area.
“We’re very fortunate to have it for showers afterwards, and we have a room upstairs where we do our awards and have lunch,” said Wade. “It’s a chance to chat with fellow runners, and it’s kind of fun. It’s like a club, more or less.”
Registration also takes place at the pool between 8:30 and 9:15 a.m. The run begins at 10 a.m. near Tissus Ronaline in nearby Saint-Isidore, N.B.