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Celebrating 30 years of Demi-marathon de l’Acadie

Ninety-eight runners take part in anniversary race

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Oct. 4, 2017

TRACADIE-SHEILA, N.B. – How do you celebrate three decades of a monthly half marathon between St-Isidore and Tracadie? You run another one, of course.
The 360e Demi-marathon de l’Acadie took place on Sunday, Oct. 1, attracting 98 runners for the race, and for the 30th anniversary celebration.
“It was quite an event,” said race director Donald Wade. “Everything went well. We had beautiful weather and a real good gathering after the race. I think the runners appreciated what we did.”
With a much larger crowd of participants than organizers normally see at the monthly run, one might expect a number of logistical challenge to present themselves, but not so, according to Wade. Atlantic Chip was hired to provide timing services, and the post-race meal was catered.

Edmond Brideau (left) and Albenie Losier were among the 98 participants at the 360e Demi-marathon de l’Acadie in Tracadie-Sheila, N.B. on Sunday, Oct. 1, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the event.

Photo courtesy of Demi-marathon de l’Acadie on Facebook

The meal went well, and there were even a few emotional moments at the reception, he said.
“Our main worry was getting people there on time, and getting the early starters there,” he said. “But everything went smoothly, and there were no problems at all.”
As for the raced itself, Lee Roy of Bathurst finished in first place with a time of 1:20:13.9
Roy has run many of the Tracadie races before, and was impressed with the crowd.
“It was a bit different, but all the people who were there have been there before, so it was a like a big reunion of sorts,” he said.
He ran the race with his friend, Paul Gallant.
“We were training partners for years, me and Paul,” said Roy. “It was great to get to chat and run with a good buddy. All in all, it was an awesome day.”
Gallant finished less than a second behind Roy at 1:20:14.2 for second place, followed by Sylvain Arseneau at 1:22:09.
The top female finisher for the eighth consecutive month was Nathalie Theriault-Roy of Beresford, who crossed the line at 1:37:08.
“The weather was perfect, with a face wind for the last 5K, but overall the weather was excellent,” she said. “It was very well organized and the committee did an outstanding job. I am very happy to be part of the Demi-marathon family.”
Finishing second among females was Nathalie Boivin at 1:39:09, followed by Nathalie Guerette-Pelletier at 1:41:29.
For complete official results by Atlantic Chip, visit here .
The 361e Demi-marathon de l’Acadie will take place on Sunday, Nov. 5.