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Canada Day in Collette

Community adds 5K run to July 1 celebration

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
July 4, 2017

COLLETTE, N.B. – Canada Day got a little more physical here this year, with the addition of a 5K running event.
The inaugural Le 5km de 150 ieme took place in Collette, N.B. on Saturday, July 1, and will be back next year, according to organizer Bruno Doucette.
“The run was an event within the Canada Day celebrations and I have to say that it went very good,” he said. “I thought the weather would be an obstacle but it only started to rain about an hour after the race was done.”
The event drew 23 runners for the 5K, and 37 for a 2K kids’ run. Runners came from Moncton, Richibucto and Dieppe.

Runners start off in the 5K race at the inaugural Le 5km de 150 ieme in Collete, N.B. on Saturday, July 1.

Photo courtesy of La fete du 150e du Canada a Collette on Facebook

“We had lots of young runners,” said Doucette. “We had a girl as young as 10 years old winning second place in the ladies’ category in the 5K.”
It was Arthson Mukeya of Moncton who was first across the finish line, with a time of 19:17. He was followed by Marc Doucette at 19:28, and top female finisher Anouk Pelletier of Moncton at 19:39.
Third male was Raymond Caissie at 20:00, while second female was Emilie Doucette at 24:19, followed by Emilie Guthrie at 25:27.
For complete official results, visit Run New Brunswick here .
The Canada Day celebrations in Collette have been a tradition for the past 20 years or more, and include a community barbecue, flag-raising ceremony, and games for adults and children.
This year for the first time the running event was added, organized by the Chamber of Commerce of Collette. The course is mostly flat, with a few small hills.
“The goal of the runs is to get more people involved in the sport of running,” said Doucette.