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Legault wins 355e Demi-marathon de l’Acadie

Rain causes small turnout for monthly event

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
May 9, 2017

TRACADIE-SHEILA, N.B. – The Demi-marathon de l’Acadie has not seen a lot of new faces yet this year, but not even the rain could keep the regulars away on Sunday, May 7.
About 20 runners turned out for the monthly half marathon in spite of the weather, much to the pleasure of race director Donald Wade.

Runners gather prior to taking off in the 355e Demi-marathon de l’Acadie in Tracadie-Sheila on Sunday, May 7.

Photo courtesy of Donald Wade

“We had fun, everyone was happy at the end, and we had a good get-together with lunch,” he said. “It was great.”
While Jonathan Legault is no stranger to the podium at this event, it was his first time finishing in first place, which he did with a time of 1:31:31. He was followed by Gaetan Chaisson at 1:35:14, and Sebastien Poirier at 1:36:36.
The top female finisher was Nathalie Theriault-Roy at 1:41:55, followed by Marcelle Breau at 1:59:09 and Silvia Antuna at 2:04:01.
It was Theriault-Roy’s last race before she runs the full marathon at Fredericton this weekend.
“Today’s run conditions were tough because of a face wind, and the rain all the way, but overall it went pretty good,” she said. “Next week it’s marathon time so hopefully everything will go great.”
The May race normally draws more than 40 runners, according to Wade, who is hopeful that the June race will see some sunshine. That run will see the race’s start time move ahead an hour to 9 a.m. to beat the heat for the next four months.
Wade also pointed out that new runners are always welcome at the event.
“We haven’t had too any newcomers so far in 2017,” he said. “It’s been a rough winter, I think, and difficult for newcomers to try a longer race.”
The 356e Demi-marathon de l’Acadie will take place on Sunday, June 4.