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Running with the eagles
in Moncton

Cross-country team holding second annual race Sept. 4

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Sept. 1, 2017

MONCTON, N.B. – The Universite de Moncton has a great way to raise funds for its Aigles Bleus cross-country team, and introduce the team to potential recruits. It puts on a race.
The second annual Courir avec les Aigles (“Run with the Eagles”) will take place on Monday, Sept. 4, and race director Anouk Pelletier is hoping to repeat its first-year success.
“The ultimate goal is to promote the cross-country team on the campus,” said Pelletier. “With this race, we have the chance to encourage university students and young runners (with the prize of only $5 per student to race) and maybe see the future succession of the team.”

The second annual Courir avec les Aigles will take place in Moncton, N.B. on Monday, Sept. 4. Shown here are participants during last year’s run.

Photo courtesy of Anouk Pelletier

Recruitment for the team can be a challenge for coach Jean-Marc Doiron, who also works full-time. This race gives him a chance to see new runners in action.
Taking place on the university campus, the event features 5K and 2.5K races. The course features mostly roads and sidewalks, as well as some trails behind the stadium. The 5K is two laps of the 2.5K course. A video of the course layout can be seen here .
The race also serves as a fundraiser for the team, according to Pelletier.
“We have the training camp to pay for, and, last year, the race helped the team do the training camp at Fundy National Park,” she said.
“It was very helpful for team bonding, and to have great hill training before the cross-country season started.”
Homemade medals are given to the top three male and female finishers in each distance.
Last year’s run drew 96 participants. Course records were set by Jeremie Pellerin (16:26) and Carol-Ann MacDonald (19:51) in the 5K, and Frederic Parent (11:06) and Jolyne Saulnier (12:23) in the 2.5K.
For more on the Courir avec les Aigles, visit here .