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Salmon Festival including 10K/5K

Annual Campbellton event taking place on Canada Day

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
June 27, 2017

CAMPBELLTON, N.B. – More than the salmon will be running here on Canada Day.
For the fourth straight year, Campbellton’s annual Salmon Festival will feature a road race along the waterfront, and race director Lyne Legacy is looking forward to seeing some familiar faces.
“It’s pretty family oriented, and very personal because we know so many of the people,” said Legacy. “When the names come in for registration, I recognize almost everybody that comes in.”

Members of the Gal Pal Pack pose for a photo during last year’s Salmon Festival waterfront road race in Campbellton, N.B. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, July 1.

Photo courtesy of Salmon Festival

The event has 230 people registered this year, running in either the 5K or 10K. Also included will be a 1K kids’ run.
It’s all part of the 50th anniversary of the Salmon Festival, one of New Brunswick’s longest running community festivals, being held from June 27 to July 2. The festival draws a lot of people from around the region and throughout the country, resulting in the annual race seeing runners register from as far away as places like Calgary, Alta.
It’s that spirit of homecoming that people like about the race, according to Legacy.
“I’m thinking it’s the atmosphere,” she said. “It’s the closeness of the people knowing each other. It’s very friendly, and really a feel-good event.”
Also participating will be members of the Gal Pal Pack, a group of women that started with 4-8 members and has now grown to include more than 400 women in the Campbellton area and beyond, with chapters in Moncton and Dalhousie.
“It’s amazing and has snowballed like you can’t imagine,” said Legacy. “We don’t just run, we climb mountains, we hike, we ski, we snowshoe, we kayak… you name it, we do it. We absolutely love it.”
The course for the races will run along the waterfront, including sections within residential areas of Campbellton and along the Restigouche River.
For more information on the Salmon Festival Waterfront Road Race, visit here .