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Demi-marathon de l’Acadie returns Sept. 3

Organizers hoping for around 30 participants

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Aug. 28, 2017

TRACADIE-SHEILA, N.B. – Not everyone likes when the air starts to feel more like fall, but many runners do.
The monthly Demi-marathon de l’Acadie in Tracadie-Sheila, N.B. usually sees a slight bump in numbers for its September race, and is hoping for the same this year on Sunday, Sept. 3, according to race director Donald Wade.
“People are generally more inclined to run in September than in the summer months, so we should have, hopefully, around 30 runners,” said Wade.
It is not only the somewhat cooler temperatures, but also the upcoming fall marathon season that helps bring out the runners, according to Wade, who mentioned October’s Legs for Literacy event in Moncton as one event that area runners will be training for.

The 359e Demi-marathon de l’Acadie will take place in Tracadie-Sheila, N.B. on Sunday, Sept. 3. Shown here are Shelley Doucet and Ryan O’Shea in last year’s September running of the event, which saw Doucet set the new female course record.

Photo courtesy of Demi-marathon de l’Acadie

“Legs attracts a lot of runners too, so those who register for the half or the marathon will often come and run our race, because there are not too many half marathons on the calendar in September,” he said.
Holding the race on the Labour Day long weekend also gives the opportunity for those visiting the area to take part.
Last year’s September event saw 31 runners take part, including Shelley Doucet of Quispamsis, who broke the long-standing course record for females with her 1:19:38 finish.
The upcoming race will make use of the 9 a.m. start time for the last time this year, and will return to the traditional 10 a.m. start in October. The earlier start for the summer months was instituted for the first time this year.
“We will evaluate if we want to repeat the experience next year,” said Wade. “Some favour it and others don’t, so we will have to weigh in all the arguments and decide.”
Organizers are also busy planning the 360e Demi-marathon de l’Acadie on Oct. 1, which will mark the event’s 30th anniversary.