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Miramichi 5 Mile set for April 9

Distance not as common as it used it to be

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
March 31, 2017

MIRAMICHI, N.B. – The course for the Miramichi 5 Mile is much like that of the 5K races in the Miramichi River Runners series – fast.
That is the word from the club’s past president, Brian Richard, who is expecting another good crowd of runners to turnout for the club’s annual 5-mile race on Sunday, April 9.
“It’s pretty flat, and not as much downhill,” said Richard.
The race has the same starting point as the 5K races, but with an additional three kilometres around the Miramichi Valley High School area before coming back to the start line and the regular 5K course.

Participants during last year's Miramichi 5 Mile race.

Photo courtesy of Brian Richard

The event normally draws a comparable number of runners with other races in the series. Last year’s 5-miler drew 38, while the May 5K drew 37. Richard expects about the same this year.
He recalled how 5-mile races were much more common in the 1960s, but declined with the arrival of the metric system.
“We put the 5-miler in the series because there are only three or four in the whole province,” he said. “It’s not an 8K, it’s a 5-mile.”
Course records for the race are owned by Jean-Marc Doiron, who ran a 26:12 in 2015, and Paula Keating, whose 30:07 record for females was set in September of that year.
For more information on the Miramichi 5 Mile, visit here .