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Fall Classic escapes the heat

Gorgeous day in Fredericton for more than 600 runners

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Sept. 26, 2017

FREDERICTON – Although a cloud of heat and humidity has been hanging over the region for days, more than 600 runners in Sunday’s annual Fall Classic were given a well-timed break.
“All the racers were lucky the heat held off for the morning event,” said Lindsay Laltoo of Moncton. “We had a gorgeous day.”
Laltoo and her husband, Aaron Sellers, were looking for a fitness test, and decided to head for Fredericton at the last minute when they found a friend giving away his bib.

Kevin Hoppell of Charlo was among the participants in the half marathon at the annual Fall Classic in Fredericton on Sunday, Sept. 24.

Photo courtesy of Breathing Space Yoga Fall Classic on Facebook

It was a fun family day for Gallant, who decided to run with his son so his mother could run the 10K. It turned out to be a great decision.
“She got a personal best, and I had a better time running with him than solo,” he said. “Thanks to the crowd, volunteers and runners, they were so supportive. The course was perfect for that too, with two turnarounds, we could all encourage each other to keep it up.”
He admitted he was a bit worried around the 7K mark, when Guitard and the lead biker pulled out of sight, but said the course was too well marked and organized to get lost.
“Is this a race I would recommend?” asked Gallant. “Absolutely!”
Finishing in third place was Dan Pike at 1:24:51. The top female finisher was Bo Vinh-Doyle of Fredericton, followed by Jennifer Spinney at 1:35:32.
“It was a fantastic race and a great course,” said Spinney. “I had no expectations, but started fast, for me, and just kept it at that pace until the end. It was a very happy race!”
In third place among females was Jessica Kennedy at 1:38:21.
In the 5K, it was Sellers taking top spot at 18:08, followed by Tyler Turner at 18:32, and Zachary Boulanger at 18:59. Top females were Danielle Keefe of Fredericton at 19:55, followed by Frances Wright at 20:14, and Madeleine McLeod at 21:13.
For complete official results by Atlantic Chip, visit here .
Race director Michel Melanson was pleased with the event, which had 620 finishers, and 148 participants in the 1K and 500m kids’ runs.
“I think we had all good comments from runners,” he said. “The volunteers were all happy and had ample help. All the volunteers had good comments from runners.”
Sellers went on to win the 5K race, while Laltoo finished as the top female in the 10K.
“For my race, once I realized I had a pretty comfortable lead on second place, I relaxed my pace a bit,” she said. “I was pleased to finish feeling comfortable, and like I had more in the tank, which bodes well for the fall racing season.”
Top finisher in the 10K was Daniel LeBlanc of Dieppe, who crossed the line at the 34:30 mark.
The Fall Classic is one of LeBlanc’s favourite races, with its beautiful trails and steady organization. He said this year’s race offered a comfortable 15-degree temperature with no wind.
“Our lead pack broke off at 3K, where I started giving chase to the eventual second place finisher,” he said. “We followed each other until the seventh kilometer, where I was able to distance myself and sustain it until the end.”
He offered special thanks to the lead biker, who made sure oncoming runners remained on the right side of the course, and the organizing committee for doing another solid job.
“It was a great race, with great weather, and a trail system the city of Fredericton should be very proud of,” said LeBlanc.
Finishing in second place was Lars Schwarz at 35:25, followed by Greg Sawyer at 35:30. Top females were Laltoo at 41:53, Nancy Keenan at 42:59, and Nathalie Theriault-Roy at 43:53.
The 10K race was included in the Run New Brunswick Super Series.
In the half marathon, it was Remi Guitard of Moncton finishing in first place with a time of 1:19:13, followed by Paul Gallant at 1:24:18.