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Bourgeois edges Doucet by one second in 20K race

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
July 22, 2018

MASCARENE, N.B. – It continues to grow in popularity with each year, but Joel Bourgeois still calls the Herring Run “Canada’s best-kept secret in trail running.”
“It’s an exceptional event, hosted by exceptional people in their backyard,” he said. “As an eastern New Brunswicker, it’s very special to discover some off-the-beaten parts of southwest New Brunswick. It’s home but it’s a part of home that I didn’t know very much.”
Shelley Doucet agreed. She had planned to race the Tely 10 in Newfoundland this weekend, but changed her mind when she realized the Herring Run would be taking place on Saturday, July 21.

The top 20K finishers at yesterday’s Herring Run in Mascarene, N.B. were (from left) Joel Bourgeois, Shelley Doucet, Ethan Neiderer, Heidi McLellan, Lindey van der Linde and Evan Doucet.

Patrick Lacelle photo

“This is a true family-friendly community event, with the race running through private properties and many of the landowners coming out to volunteer and cheer on the runners,” she said. “The post-race meal is the best I have ever had at a race, with local organic salads, salmon, and so much more.”
Both Bourgeois and Doucet put in strong performances in this year’s 20K race, finishing within one second of each other. Bourgeois finished in first place with a time of 1:38:51, followed by Doucet at 1:38:52.
Because of the tides, the race did not start until 12:30 p.m. Bourgeois, Doucet and Ethan Neiderer ran the first 10K loop together. Doucet took longer than expected switching at the only aid station, and fell behind the other two at that point.
“I ran the next 3-5K on my own, not able to see anyone up ahead,” she said. “Then I started to see someone bouncing through the woods, so I picked it up to catch the group. I missed running with the guys, as I found the first lap much easier working with a group and enjoyed our conversations.”
She eventually caught up with them and they ran together again for 3K or so, and got spaced apart when they reached the last climb up a rock wall near the beach. Neiderer fell back, and it was not until the last 75 metres of the race before she realized how close she was to Bourgeois.
“I tried to catch him with a final kick, but ended up one second behind,” said Doucet. “Joel was a true gentleman throughout the race, always letting me go first into the trails, and I am sure would have waited for me to finish together, had he realized how close I was.”
He said he did not see her until he was finishing.
“I sort of regret not letting her go by,” said Bourgeois. “We ran the whole thing together, all three of us, and there is no real incentive to sprint a race finish when you’re just out for a fast-ish jog. It would have been good to put all of the highlight on Shelley, as she is definitely THE runner in New Brunswick right now, apart from Genevieve Lalonde.”
Neiderer finished in third place, with a time of 1:39:30, followed by Evan Doucet at 1:51:11.
Second among females was Heidi McLellan, with a time of 2:08:16, followed by Lindey van der Linde at 2:09:41.
In the 10K race, Evan Arsenault led the way with a finish time of 45:39, followed by Jason Luchtefeld at 1:02:21, and Mark McColgan at 1:03:19. Top females were Lisette Caissie at 1:09:23, followed by Brianna Levenstein at 1:12:30 and Laura Skinner at 1:15:59.