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Brian Richard 5K set to go Jan. 8 in Miramichi

Dickinson broke provincial record in last year's race

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Jan. 4, 2017

MIRAMICHI, N.B. – Not everyone has a run named after them. Then again, not everyone is Brian Richard.
This year’s Brian Richard 5K will take place on Sunday, Jan. 8
Richard received the tribute from the Miramichi River Runners in 2014 when they named their annual January 5K race after him, the winner of the very first one back in 1984.
“Brian had just stepped down from being the long time president of the Miramichi River Runners,” explained current president Karl Robichaud. “He had held that title from 1984 to 2013. As the new president, I though it would be a good way of showing him that we were thankful for all his efforts over the years.”
Richard said he was truly humbled by the honour, and thankful to Robichaud and the executive for the surprise presentation he recalled fondly.
“It was unbelievable,” said Richard. “I had just finished my 30 years as president of the club and they completely caught me off guard. They had a special night for me at a local restaurant and it was a great night, with a lot of fun and laughs.”

Laura Dickinson leads the way in last year's Brian Richard 5K race in Miramichi, N.B. This year's event is set for Jan. 8.

Photos courtesy of Brian Richard

Paula Keating, Mike Dickinson and Ralph Williston in last year's Brian Richard 5K.

One of the banner photos that will be presented to this year's winners.

That night came 30 years after another surprise for Richard, when he won the club’s first January 5K race on Jan. 1, 1984 by seven seconds with a time of 18:14 in a field of 28 runners. That was not just the club’s first January 5K, it was the first race in the history of the Miramichi River Runners.
Decades later, history continues to be made at the race. At last year’s event, which featured 49 runners, phenom Laura Dickinson set a New Brunswick provincial record for under-19 females with a blazing 17:32 time. She went on to beat her own record twice in 2016, with a 17:14 finish at the Miramichi October 5K, and then a 17:12 at the Miramichi November 5K. Those were the top three female 5K times in the Maritimes in 2016.
To participate in this year’s event, just show up and register at the recreation centre between 8:45-9:30 a.m., or even as late as 9:50 a.m. at the starting line. The race begins at 10 a.m.

Dr.Tanya Wood presented Brian Richard in 2014 with a homemade knitted blanket she made  to recognize his 30 years as president of the Miramichi River Runners.

Nicole MacCallum out sprints Mark Trevors and Ralph Richard at the end of last year's race