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Arseneau, MacCallum win Miramichi 5 Mile

Several personal records set at Sept. 17 race

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Sept. 20, 2017

MIRAMICHI, N.B. – Having just had a baby in February, Amy Barrieau was not expecting any personal records in this year’s racing season.
But the Miramichi runner surprised herself at the Fall 5 Mile race in her hometown on Sunday, Sept. 17, running a time of 37:39 to finish second among females.
“The amazing support of the running community in Miramichi keeps me plugging away at my goals,” said Barrieau. “The 5 Miler is an awesome race with a nice, fast downhill course. Despite some humidity, Sunday was a great run for me.”

Nathalie Waterburry was one of several runners to record personal best times at the annual Miramichi Fall 5 Mile race in Miramichi, N.B. on Sunday, Sept. 17, finishing with a time of 40:33.

Norma MacLean photo

Complete results can be found at the Miramichi River Runners site here.
The River Runners races are always well organized by volunteers who love the sport, according to Barrieau, who credited club president Karl Robichaud and his wife Elsa for being integral to the success of the series.
“They’ve helped MRR survive and thrive in the last few years,” she said. “They plan to step down in the New Year, so I’m not sure what the club’s leadership will look like in 2018. I hope we can continue to run down that big hill for many years to come.”
Next up in the series will be the October 5K on Sunday, Oct. 1.
The race was part of the annual series put on by the Miramichi River Runners, and attracted 30 participants.
Finishing in first place was Sylvain Arseneau of Petit-Rocher, with his own personal best time of 29:11.
“The run went really well,” said Arseneau. “I felt good, and the weather was perfect, with no wind. It is always nice to run in Miramichi… it is a fast route.”
Although he said it is tricky to find the right pace for a five-miler, he said he likes the distance.
Finishing in second place was Raymond Caissie at 32:06, followed by Paul Comeau at 33:00. First among females was Nicole MacCallum at the 36:31 mark, while Krystal Corcoran was third at 38:49.