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Lorneville Loop to kick off Run NB Super Series

Annual 13K event heralds arrival of spring for many

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
March 29, 2017

SAINT JOHN, N.B. – Spring will be here in time for the Lorneville Loop on Sunday, April 9. Mary Brosnan guarantees it.
“It’s always a good day,” said Brosnan, who organizes the annual 13K race with her husband, Michael Lynch. “Even when we had all the snow that year, it was still a sunny day. It’s not warm, but not cold normally either, usually 6 or 7 degrees but sunny, and I’m hoping this year will be the same.”
Clovis and Maryse Jacob enjoy post-run refreshments at last year's Lorneville Loop event.
The couple moved to the small community within Saint John in 2008, and, after participating in some other New Brunswick road races, decided they would like to put one together in Lorneville.
The looped course begins and ends at the Lorneville Community Centre, taking in the coastal scenery of Lorneville and King William Road, as well as some of its hilly terrain.
The first Lorneville Loop took place in 2013, with proceeds going to the IWK Health Centre in Halifax.
“We decided to do it for charity and decided on the IWK because we had heard a lot of people had been involved with it in some way or another,” said Brosnan. “Nearly everybody seems to at least know somebody that has been to the IWK, and we wanted the money to be used locally.”
The event has continued to support the children’s hospital, sending about $4,000 its way each year.
It also draws a large crowd of participants every year.
“I think it’s because everybody knows it supports the IWK, but also because everyone feels like, once the Loop comes around, then it’s the end of winter and time to start racing again,” she said.
Not only do participants get to enjoy the race, but they also get treated to a post-run meal of chili cooked by Lynch, and plenty of fellowship with other runners at the community centre. The meal coincides with an awards ceremony.
“It’s quite a good get together,” she said. “It’s always a nice chance to sit down and chat with other runners, and getting to see your running friends that you didn’t get to see much over the winter.”
The Lorneville Loop also marks the kick-off to the Run New Brunswick Super Series, where runners can accumulate points toward provincial standings.
Run New Brunswick executive director Gabe LeBlanc, described it as a “not-to-miss event.”
“Lorneville is always a very popular event on our calendar,” he said. “It’s sort of the kick-off to the spring season and is always well attended. The feedback from this event is always great. Mary puts on a great show.”
For more information on the Lorneville Loop, visit here .