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Roy wins 354e Demi-marathon de l’Acadie

Theriault-Roy top female in monthly Tracadie race

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
April 2, 2017

TRACADIE-SHEILA, N.B. – Most people would be spent the day after a six-hour swim-bike-run workout. Then there’s Lee Roy.
The Bathurst athlete finished first at the 354e Demi-marathon de l’Acadie in Tracadie-Sheila this morning with a blazing 1:13 time.

Runners gather prior to the start of the 354e Demi-marathon de l’Acadie in Tracadie-Sheila, N.B. on Sunday, April 2.

Photo courtesy of Donald Wade

“It is sure that I wasn’t 100 per cent, but I had planned to run a 3:30/km and that was accomplished,” said Roy. “So, all in all, it was a good day today. Plus I had fun.”
Roy was one of 27 runners taking part in today’s race, which took place under mainly favourable conditions, according to race director Donald Wade. It was the first time since the snowy New Year’s Day run that they did not have to postpone the event by a week.
The temperature stayed at about 1 degree above zero for the duration of the race.
“It was a nice day, cloudy and a bit of a headwind for runners for the first 10-12K, then it was at their back for awhile,” said Wade. “It went well. We had a great run.”
Roy is a big fan of the course from St-Isidore to Tracadie.
“It has some rolling hills but nothing too hard, just good enough to keep you honest,” he said. “I love the fact that it is a point-to-point course.”
Finishing behind Roy in second place was Patrick Hache, with a personal best time of 1:27:36, followed by Jonathan Legault, who finished third for the second straight month with a 1:32:38 time.
Top females were Nathalie Theriault-Roy, slightly behind her March time at 1:39:48, followed by Valerie Jean at 1:50:29, and Nancy Duguay at 2:01:00.
Despite the successful event, Wade said numbers have been slightly down so far this year.
“I don’t know if runners have had a hard winter, so it’s hard to get going for a half,” he said. “There are a few people who have not been to our race for awhile. Maybe they’ll get into the swing of things for May.”
The 355e Demi-marathon de l’Acadie will take place on Sunday, May 7.