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Colours to fly in Cocagne

Ecole Blanche-Bourgeois hosting annual 5K

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
May 19, 2017

COCAGNE, N.B. – Putting on a 5K colour run sounds like a great class project.
That is exactly what the Grade 8 students at Ecole Blanche-Bourgeois in Cocagne, N.B. are doing on Sunday, May 21, when they host their Course des couleurs.
It’s the second year for the event, according to teacher Sylvie Breau, who hosted the previous run with her class in 2015.

Ecole Blanche-Bourgeois in Cocagne, N.B. will host the Course de couleurs 5K event on Sunday, May 21. Shown here is the group of participants following the 2015 event.

Photo courtesy of Sylvie Breau

“We do it as an entrepreneurial project during my phys. ed. class and health class,” she explained. “All the students have to do interviews to get jobs… and all of them go and ask for sponsorships, call businesses, meet and stuff like that.”
After the jobs are designated the class has regular meetings to check their progress, meetings that have been taking place every day for the past few weeks as race day grew closer.
“We did our last bit today, getting the bags and water ready,” said Breau. “We’re ready.”
Any profits realized from the event will go back to the school. Specifically, funds will be used to assist any students needing financial assistance to go on the year-ending class trip to Quebec. If there is anything remaining, it will be used to promote physical activity at the school.
The course will start and finish at the school, and will include nearby coastal scenery. Like at other colour runs, runners will be greeted at each kilometer marker by a different burst of colour. The younger runners will have the option of turning back after 1K, and avoid going near the busier road.
“The kids liked it two years ago, so that’s why we’ve repeated it this year,” said Breau. “This year is also the 250th anniversary of Cocagne, so we’re in partnership with them, which is pretty cool too.”
Sixty-seven participants were registered as of Friday evening, and Breau was expecting another 20-30 to sign up on race day.
For more information on the Course de Couleurs, visit here .