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Saint-Antoine event raises money for KidSport

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Sept. 19, 2017

SAINT-ANTOINE, N.B. – More children in Kent County will be able to participate in sport, thanks to those who turned out for the annual Course Yvon LeBlanc here on Saturday, Sept. 16.
“It was a wonderful event,” said race director Melanie Arsenault Sirois. “We had 185 participants. We are very glad, as registrations were fairly low last week.”
The event is a fundraiser for the Kent County chapter of KidSport, which provides support to children in order to remove the financial barriers that prevent them from playing organized sport.

The annual Course Yvon LeBlanc took place in Saint-Antoine, N.B. on Saturday, Sept. 16. Shown here are participants in the 5K race.

Photo courtesy of Tina Bitcon

LeBlanc himself, a respected coach and teacher, was among those taking part in the event. He completed the 5K in 59:59, and was glad with the turnout, according to Arsenault Sirois.
The event featured 15K and 5K runs, as well as a 1K kids’ run, which attracted 80 youngsters.
Tyler Turner of Oromocto won the 15K race with a time of 59:37, followed by Paul Gallant at 59:59, and Chuck Dixon at 1:02:03. The top female finisher was Rejeanne Belliveau of Moncton at 1:21:37, followed by Noella Boleyn at 1:25:28 and Alison Gallant at 1:31:51.
Finishing first in the 5K was Rock Francoeur of Moncton at the 20:14 mark, followed by top female finisher Isabelle Turner of Oromocto at 20:27.
“It was a very special race for me,” she said. “Yvon is such an inspiration for all. His passion for sports and active lifestyles is outstanding and inspiring.”
Coming from Saint-Antoine, Turner has great respect for LeBlanc, who overcame a stroke in 1999 and has not slowed down since.
“Coming back to my hometown to race in a race in his honour was very special to me,” she said. “He was my first running coach in Grade 2. He believed in me and made me fall in love with the sport of running.”
Finishing in third place was Denis Richard at the 20:36 mark, followed by Andre Melanson at 20:48. Second among females was Sylvie Cormier at 22:58, followed by Nathalie Maillet at 24:11.
For complete official results by Atlantic Chip, visit here .