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Twenty-two runners take part in 351st Demi-marathon de l’Acadie

Event to mark 30th anniversary this year

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Jan. 1, 2017

TRACADIE, N.B. – For 30 years, runners have been turning out for a half marathon race in this northern New Brunswick community, and today was the 351st.
Twenty-two runners took part in the 351e Demi-marathon de l’Acadie on Sunday in typical January weather conditions – snow and slush.
Runners get ready for the 351e Demi-marathon de l'Acadie, held in Tracadie, N.B. on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017.
Photo courtesy of the event's Facebook group
“They were difficult conditions but, nevertheless, we had 22 runners and everybody was happy at the end,” said race director Donald Wade. “Weather does bring down the numbers. Some people had to turn back because the road conditions were kind of treacherous in northern New Brunswick, but we had a good turnout still.”
Wade estimated they had about 5-6 cm of snow in Tracadie, which turned to slush after the roads were salted.
The Demi-Marathon de l’Acadie is held once per month, every month of the year, and is always a popular draw, no matter the season.
“People like our race because, once you’re part of the race, you’re sort of part of a family,” he explained. “We all know each other by first name, we’re always happy to see each other, and we come from all over the province.”
Indeed, runners on this day came from not just the Tracadie area, but other areas such as Edmundston, Bathurst and Moncton.
Lee Roy finished first overall with a time of 1:19:18, followed by Jonathan Legault at 1:35:56, and Patrick Hache at 1:36:20. Top female finishers were Nathalie Theriault-Roy at 1:43:47, Nathalie Guerette-Pelletier at 1:58:57 and Marcelle Breau at 2:02:59. Full results will be posted next week.
The event marked the first half marathon of the year in the Maritimes.
“I think people just want to start the New Year with a bang, and do something special, and they want to be with positive people,” said Wade. “Runners are quite positive in their lives, they look forward to challenges, and try to keep a healthy lifestyle.”
The next Demi-Marathon de l’Acadie, the 352nd , will take place on Feb. 5, while special plans are already underway to mark the event’s official 30th anniversary in October.