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Fredericton welcomes the season with Fall Classic

Hundreds take part in 36th annual event

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Sept. 24, 2018

FREDERICTON – Chicago and Toronto, look out. Shelley Doucet and Lee Roy are coming.
Both were in fine form at yesterday’s 36th annual Fall Classic, each setting what is believed to be new course records in the half marathon.
Roy finished in first place, with a time of 1:13:46.
“It was a great race, awesome course, and perfect weather,” said the Bathurst runner, who finished fifth at The Pirate 5K in Hanwell the day before. “I’m pretty happy with the results, considering I raced Saturday and I am in the middle of huge mileage weeks.”

The 36th annual Fall Classic took place in Fredericton yesterday, with hundreds turning out for the various races.

Photo courtesy of Fall Classic Road Race on Facebook

With four weeks left until he competes at the Toronto Waterfront Marathon, Roy said he is feeling great, and had a great experience at the Fall Classic.
“It was my first time doing it, and I’ll be back,” he said. “I really enjoyed it.”
Finishing in second place was Ben Hope at 1:15:17, followed by Trevor Funk at 1:18:18.
Next across the line was Doucet as the top female finisher, with a time of 1:18:21. It was her last workout before she competes at the Chicago Marathon in two weeks.
The Doucets made it a family trip to Fredericton, with husband Evan running the 10K and both of their children doing the kids’ run on Saturday. Shelley’s race went according to plan.
“I had planned to run with a few guys (Jeff Queen, Remi Guitard and Trevor Funk) but ended up dropping back from the group at about 7K when they started going faster than I had wanted, as I was really trying to keep my pace at marathon effort,” said the Quispamsis runner.
“I had also planned to pick up the pace in the final stretch of the race, which is when I caught back up to the group.,” she added. “We all helped push each other along, right to the end!”
Doucet enjoyed both the crowd and the course in Fredericton.
“There were two sections that were out and back and it was really amazing to have the support from incoming runners cheer my name as I passed them,” she said. “I so love the running community in New Brunswick!”
Finishing second among females was Sarah Beairsto at 1:26:23, followed by Joanne Reynolds at 1:29:05.
A total of 135 runners took part in the half marathon, while 215 ran the 10K, which was part of the Run New Brunswick Super Series. Nicholas Larade finished first in the 10K, with a time of 34:28.
“It was practically perfect weather, and the course can make for fast
times, since it’s so flat,” said Larade, who shaved another 30 seconds
off his PB at the distance. “I’m pretty used to running on those paved
trails as well, so familiarity played a big part.”
Finishing second was Evan Doucet in his first 10K at 35:32, followed by top female Paula Keating of Miramichi at 40:24.
September is Keating’s favourite month, and she said she has always enjoyed the Fall Classic.
“I wasn’t quite sure what to expect in terms of my race, as I haven’t run a 10K in a long time, and really haven’t been racing much at all this year,” she said. “The 10K is probably my least favourite distance to race! I thought it would be a good challenge in my return from injury.”
Keating was happy for Larade and Doucet, and satisfied with her own race.
“I really enjoyed the out and back, as you get to see so many of the runners along the way,” she said. “I always love running in Fredericton… it’s such a great running community.”
The 5K race drew 245 participants, with Dean Strowbridge of Willow Grove finishing first at 17:04.
Strowbridge said he has always enjoyed the Fall Classic and loved the course again this year.
“It was well organized, as always, and the volunteers were great and I loved their enthusiasm as I ran by,” he said. “I really liked how everyone was cheering loudly when I came down the last stretch. It really helped motivate me to sprint to the finish.”
Strowbridge has been battling injuries to both his knee and his foot this year, but was fortunate to be bothered by neither during yesterday’s race. His athletics therapist, Stewart Monroe, taped him up at his house at 6 a.m. prior to the race.
“It’s slow healing but it’s healing,” he said. “I’m very pleased with my health and being back racing.”
Finishing second in the 5K was Zachary Boulanger at 17:59, followed by Benjamin Simon at 18:40. The top female finisher was Frances Wright at 19:43, followed by Emily Haynes-Macdonald at 20:18, and Jessica White at 20:29.
An additional 22 participants registered for the middle school challenge.
For complete official results by Atlantic Chip, visit here .
“We had a fantastic event,” said race director Mike Melanson. “The weather was cool in the morning. They started in a fog but finished in nice sun. It seemed like many participants had a great run.”