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Rothesay Trail Fest

Inaugural event introduces many to trail running

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
July 30, 2017

ROTHESAY, N.B. – How does one follow up a gold medal-winning marathon in Africa? Some trail running in Rothesay sounds like a good start.
That’s exactly what Shelley Doucet of Quispamsis did. Only days after returning home from Ivory Coast, where she won gold in the marathon at the 2017 Jeux de la Francophonie, she and her husband Evan participated in the inaugural Rothesay Trail Fest on Saturday, July 29.
“I had a blast running the entire race with my husband,” said Doucet, who was the top female finisher in the 6.2K (5-ish Mile) Trail Master event, with a time of 28:27. “I have been traveling in Africa, so it was a great chance to catch up.”

(From left) Paulette Stoddard, Carol Lynn Landry and Rebecca Goldie were among the many out for the inaugural Rothesay Trail Fest at the Wells Recreation Trail in Rothesay, N.B. on Saturday, July 29.

Photo courtesy of Daryl Steeves

She gave kudos to the organizers and the sponsors for making events like this possible in the community.
“I love participating in local events that showcase our trails and also that get people to try out trail running,” said Doucet. “It was great to see so many people out for their first trail race, especially the winner of the five-miler, James Murphy, as I have been trying to get him out for awhile.”
Murphy, who finished with a time of 27:17, said he enjoyed his first-ever trail race.
“I’ve shied away from it for years due to injuries, so I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into,” he said. “I was just in it for some fun and a change of pace. It was a great event to get started with, organized by a great group and it’s always nice to get to a fun race in the nearby communities.”
Taking place at the Wells Recreation Trail in Rothesay, the event also featured a 5(ish)K Try-a-Trail run, and a Trail Kids “Run the Woods”. The runs featured a mixture of groomed and natural trails.
“We had a great inaugural Rothesay Trail Fest,” said race director Daryl Steeves. “The hit of the day was the Trail Kids flying through the trails like squirrels. It is amazing how comfortable they were enjoying the woods.”