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Demi-marathon de l’Acadie returns Aug. 6

Wade hoping long weekend brings good turnout

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Aug. 2, 2017

TRACADIE-SHEILA, N.B. – The August long weekend seems like the perfect time for a half marathon here.
The 358e Demi-marathon de l’Acadie will take place from St-Isidore to Tracadie-Sheila on Sunday, Aug. 6, and organizers are hoping for a great day and turnout.
“It will be hot, probably, but hopefully it will go well,” said race director Donald Wade. “In August sometimes we get newcomers on vacation in the region, so they might know about the race and join us.”
The monthly half marathon series will celebrate its 30th anniversary in October, but has seen lower than average participation numbers this year. The highest number so far has been 27 at the April event.

The 358e Demi-marathon de l’Acadie will take place in Tracadie-Sheila, N.B. on Sunday, Aug. 6. Shown here are participants during last year’s August running of the event.

Photo courtesy of Demi-marathon de l’Acadie

Wade hopes that trend will turn around for the big anniversary event planned for October, but also for this Sunday’s run, which has the benefit of taking place on a long weekend.
There has been no shortage of activities in the area, with events like triathlons taking place in recent weeks.
“There are all sorts of events around, and I suppose that’s why numbers are down a bit,” he said. “There are so many good activities going on, people have to pick and choose.”
Also taking place in Tracadie-Sheila on Sunday will be its annual La Ruee vers l’art festival on Main Street. Because it is mainly an afternoon event, however, wade does not expect it to affect the run, which now starts earlier at 9 a.m. for the summer months.
For more on the 358e Demi-marathon de l’Acadie, visit here .