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It’s all about fun, family and community

Edmundston hosting Brayon Cours this weekend

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Aug. 3, 2017

EDMUNDSTON, N.B. – You have to get to the “smile pace” to run the race.
It’s a philosophy of “Team Violette” as the family puts on the annual Brayon Cours event every year in Edmundston, as part of the city’s Foire Brayonne festival. This year’s running events will take place mostly on Sunday, Aug. 6, although they will kick off with a 1K family run on Saturday.
“Our philosophy is to run around, having fun, bringing the families together, taking care of themselves by getting involved in a sport, all during the Foire Brayonne,” said Anne-Marie Violette. “When you run, if ever you stop smiling and having fun, jus slow down, take a break, and start back again.”

The 11th annual Brayon Cours run will take place in Edmundston, N.B. on Saturday and Sunday, with the 3K, 5K, 10K and half marathon happening on Sunday, Aug. 6. Shown here is the organizing committee at last year’s event.

Photo courtesy of Anne-Marie Violette

It’s a philosophy that seems to work. The event started off a decade ago, drawing 20-30 participants for the first few years. It now sees participation from about 350 people every year.
Started by Donald Claude, the event is now put on every year by the Violette family, which includes Anne-Marie, her parents and her younger sister.
“It’s more of a family thing,” she said. “We’re not there to give a big money prize or break world records. People from all over Canada come back to Edmundston to see their parents and friends, so it’s a good opportunity to run together with kids, all the family, and get the community together.”
The 1K family run will take place Saturday at 4 p.m. in downtown Edmundston, featuring “kids” from ages two to 20 taking part, along with many mascots and others dressed up for the occasion.
Sunday morning will see a 3K, 5K, 10K and half marathon take place, with runners and walkers welcome in al distances. The half marathon will be part of Run New Brunswick’s Super Series this year.
The 3K and 5K routes are quite flat, and include both asphalt and crusher dust surfaces. The 10K and half marathon routes have a modest hill at around the 6-7K mark, but are flat for the rest of the way.
“The only thing is it’s usually quite hot,” said Violette. “We start up around 8:30 a.m., but by 10 or 11 it’s getting quite hot.”
She said they are expecting around 300-350 people to turnout for this year’s event, but that the numbers are not important.
“We’re looking to have fun and get people together,” she said. “We’re looking forward to it.”
For more on the Brayon Cours run, visit here .