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Doucet breaks own
course record in Tracadie

Thirty-one turn out for 371e Demi-marathon de l’Acadie

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Sept. 2, 2018

TRACADIE-SHEILA, N.B. – Two years ago, Shelley Doucet set a new female course record at the Demi-marathon de l’Acadie, after which she collapsed at the finish line.
Today, she broke that record by more than a minute, and went on to run 10 more miles for her training.
“I had an absolute blast,” said Doucet, who finished with a time of 1:18:24.
The Doucet family was traveling in Moncton for the long weekend, and Doucet and her husband Evan were trying to figure out how to get their long run workouts in (both are training for next month’s Chicago Marathon). She reached out to local runner Colin McQuade, and they all decided to make the trip to Tracadie.

Lee Roy and Shelley Doucet ran together for most of the race at today’s Demi-marathon de l’Acadie in Tracadie-Sheila, N.B. Doucet broke her own female course record at the event by more than a minute.

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

She also reached out to Lee Roy, who is training for the Toronto marathon and has similar workouts, and the two ended up running together for much of today’s race.
“Our plan was to run about 55 minutes at marathon pace and then pick it up to half pace for the rest of the race, which is about what we did,” said Doucet. “I was really happy with how my legs felt, where I have run over 150K nearly every week for the past few months.”
Roy moved ahead for the last 5K of the race while Doucet stayed back, cautious not to peak before her goal race.
It was important to her to get to Tracadie, an event she likes to support.
“I loved the company during the race and especially enjoyed the post-race gathering,” said Doucet. “The running community in Tracadie is so tight-knit and supportive, and very welcoming of all runners. I was also really proud of my husband for running a PB in the middle of a marathon training block with no taper.”
Roy finished in first place, with a time of 1:17:58.
“It was an awesome day, great weather and great people,” he said. “I always love this race. I’m actually going to run all of them for the remainder of the year.”
Taking part in the race was a last-minute decision for Roy, who only made the decision after getting the message from Doucet.
Overall, he was pleased with his result.
“It was just a workout and really far from an all-out race effort, but I’m happy with the workout,” said Roy.
Shelley Doucet finished in second place at 1:18:24, followed by her husband Evan at 1:20:46. Second among females was Nathalie Boivin at 1:34:55, followed by Nathalie Theriault-Roy at 1:40:12.
A total of 31 took part in today’s race.
“It was cool, with a nice wind at their back for the first 12K, then a bit of a headwind back to town, but nothing too difficult to handle,” said race director Donald Wade. “It was an all around fun race.”