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Bond between STU and Miramichi continues

Cross-country team takes part in October 5K

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Oct. 4, 2017

MIRAMICHI, N.B. – It was more than 50 years ago that St. Thomas University (STU) left Chatham for Fredericton, but the bond between the school and the community on the Miramichi has not been forgotten.
In fact, recent years have seen cross-country runners from the university make their way to Miramichi in the fall to take part in at least one of the races with the Miramichi River Runners club. This tradition continued on Sunday, Oct. 1, when several of the Tommies turned up to take part in the Miramichi October 5K.

(From left) Sondra Craig of the Miramichi River Runners presents medals to first place finisher Ryan Terry, second place finisher Marc Doucette and third place finisher Paul Comeau after the October 5K race in Miramichi, N.B. on Sunday, Oct. 1.

Brian Richard photo

“The team always comes over sometime during the year, in the fall,” said Brian Richard, past president of the River Runners. “They usually come to our cross-country races, but last year there was a conflict in dates, so they came to one of our 5Ks.”
The result is a nice inflation of numbers for that particular race, and this past Sunday saw a turnout of 32 runners.
It was one of the St. Thomas runners, Ryan Terry of Riverview, who placed first in the race, finishing with a time of 17:53.
“I love the event,” said Terry. “They always put on a great race. My time was off, but nonetheless it was a fun race.”
Finishing in second place was Marc Doucette at 18:52, followed by Paul Comeau at 19:16.
Among females, local runner Amy Barrieau was the top finisher, with a time of 21:55.
The crisp, cool fall air was perfect for running, according to Barrieau.
“October is typically a fast month for me, as I know it for many other MRR participants who have been pounding the pavement all year in our race series,” she said. “Having the STU cross-country team join us was an added bonus and certainly injected much energy into the atmosphere. I’m glad to see that they continue to make the trek to Miramichi for one of our races every fall.”
The second place female finisher was Nathalie Waterburry, with a time of 22:16, followed by Alaina Mejia at 22:42.
For complete results, visit the Miramichi River Runners page here .