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Hache, Theriault-Roy win Demi-marathon de l’Acadie

Registration open for 30th anniversary run on Oct. 1

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Sept. 4, 2017

TRACADIE-SHEILA, N.B. – Some familiar faces and some newcomers turned out yesterday to make the 359e Demi-marathon de l’Acadie a success.
“It was a good race,” said race director Donald Wade. “We had 31 runners and it went quite well. The temperature was great, not humid, fairly dry and not windy. We had a great day.”
Despite a number of other running events taking place in New Brunswick on Sunday, the Tracadie event drew many of its regular participants along with some first-timers. Runners came from as far away as Halifax and Prince Edward Island, as well as a recent immigrant from France.

Runners grab some refreshments during the 359e Demi-marathon de l’Acadie in Tracadie-Sheila, N.B. on Sunday, Sept. 3.

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

Coming in first place was local runner Patrick Hache, who was participating in his 69th Demi-marathon de l’Acadie – his 63rd consecutive.
Hache had hopes of getting a new personal best, missing it by only 15 seconds.
“At the start, I had a rough time to find my legs, especially on hills,” he said. “This is not common for me. However, I started feeling great around the 8K mark. I was third around that time, with an average pace of around 4:14.”
He passed by the two frontrunners in the last 5.5K of the race, and finished the last 5K strongly in 19:40.
“I always love to take part in the DMA (Demi-marathon de l’Acadie), I guess that is obvious when you take part in 63 in a row,” said Hache. “It is like a social club for me, since it is always a great group of people. I always like to chat with the other runners at the DMA.”
Coming in second place was Yannick Tremblay at 1:29:49, followed by Jonathan Legault at 1:30:44.
The top female finisher for the seventh straight month was Nathalie Theriault-Roy of Beresford, who crossed the line at 1:37:45.
“It went very well for me, and the weather was perfect,” said Theriault-Roy, who is already looking ahead. “It was my 48th half in Tracadie, and my 50th is right around the corner. It’s another goal for me that I want to achieve before I turn 40.”
Placing second among females was Nathalie Boivin at 1:42:40, followed by Silvia Antuna at 1:51:25.
Theriault-Roy is not the only one looking ahead. Registration is open for the 360e Demi-marathon de l’Acadie on Oct. 1, which will mark the 30th anniversary of the monthly event.
“Registration should start to pick up now,” said Wade. “It’s only a month away, so we’re getting ready for that. It’s going to be a big one.”