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Courir avec les Aigles

MacDonald breaks own record in 5K

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Sept. 5, 2017

MONCTON, N.B. – It may have been a bit windy for running with eagles, but that did not stop 92 athletes from taking part in the second annual Courir avec les Aigles here yesterday.
The event, held as a fundraiser for the Universite de Moncton’s cross-country team, saw many impressive performances, including two new course records.
“The weather was not in our favour – it was cold and a lot of wind,” said race director Anouk Pelletier. “A few km markers even blew down, but we had a blast.”
Finishing first in the 5K race was Nassim Bousmaha of Laval, Que., who crossed the finish line at 17:09, followed by Bryan Thomas at 17:21, and Francois Richard at 17:50.

Carol-Ann MacDonald (centre) broke her own course record in the 5K race at the second annual Courir avec les Aigles in Moncton, N.B. on Monday, Sept. 4. She is shown here with third place finisher Emily Doucet (left) and second place finisher Kamylle Frenette.

Photo courtesy of Anouk Pelletier

Carol-Ann MacDonald of Irishtown broke her own course record for females, finishing first with a time of 19:34. Her goal was to crush her previous record, which she did by 20 seconds.
A member of the cross-country team, MacDonald was quite pleased with the race, not just for her own result, but for her team’s prospects.
“U de M definitely has a very promising cross-country season coming up,” she said. “I’m very thrilled to have so much new talent joining the team this year. It’s so nice to start the season off with a race around our own home turf.”
MacDonald was followed by Kamylle Frenette at 20:16, and Emily Doucet at 20:26.
Emily Doucet and Francois Richard are both local Grade Nine students, and have captured the attention of Aigles Bleus cross-country team coach Jean-Marc Doiron.
“Emily is a very good runner for her age, and the cross-country coach hopes she chooses UdeM when it will be her time to choose a university, if she wants to go to university,” said Pelletier. “Francois is a very good athlete and we hope he will come to UdeM!”

In the 2.5K race, Simon Delorme of Cowansville set the second course record of the day, with his 10:43 first place finish. He was followed by top female Sarah-Eve Maillhot of Repentigny, Que., who finished at the 13:54 mark, followed by Judyanne Bernier at 13:56, and Louiselle King at 14:01. Finishing second among males was Vincent Deslauriers at 14:11, and Maxime St-Cyr only 0.2 seconds behind.
Pelletier was hoping for a turnout of 100, but was pleased with 92.
“Overall, it was very great, the weather was not ideal but it was not too hot for the runners,” she said. “A lot of athletes from the men’s and women’s hockey teams at the university came to support the race and to do a 2.5K or a 5K.”
The plan is already in place for next year’s event, tentatively scheduled for Sept. 3, 2018.