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Running for Brussels sprouts

Annual Rogersville festival hosting 5K/2K run

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
July 27, 2017

ROGERSVILLE, N.B. – It’s time to celebrate Brussels sprouts, and to run.
The community of Rogersville will host its annual Course du Festival des Choux de Bruxelles, a race in conjunction with its Brussels Sprout Festival, on Sunday, July 30.
“The goal is simply to have fun, keep fit, have the kids run a little bit and see adults run as well, as great role models,” said Angele McCaie, general manager of the village. “It’s just a community event that everyone loves.”
The race was started about 10 years ago when runner Jean-Marc Doiron was employed as a summer student at the local sportsman club.

The village of Rogersville, N.B. will host its annual Course du Festival des Choux de Bruxelles on Sunday, July 30. Shown here is the start of the 2015 race.

Photo courtesy of Angele McCaie

Doiron decided to organize a race, and put it on as part of the festival for a few years. Rogersville was once known as the “Brussels Sprout Capital of Canada.”
After that, the municipality took over and has been organizing it every year since.
Offered are both 5K and 2K distances.
“We always have a great turnout, and hopefully this year will be the same,” said McCaie.
“We always have about 40-45 people doing the 2K and about 30-40 people doing the 5K.”
Starting and finishing the municipal building in Rogersville, the course runs through the village, with a few rolling hills, but is “mostly really flat,” said McCaie.
For more on the Course du Festival des Choux de Bruxelles, visit here .