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Sawyer wins third straight Demi-Marathon Saint-Francois

Connely top female finisher in half marathon

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Sept. 4, 2017

SAINT-FRANCOIS-de-MADAWASKA, N.B. – Greg Sawyer captured his third straight victory at the 42nd annual Demi-Marathon Saint-Francois yesterday, and he earned this one the hard way.
The Edmundston runner crossed the finish line at the 1:16:46 mark in the half marathon race, a pretty impressive result considering he has not been enjoying 100 per cent health.
“I’ve been running with a knee injury for more than a month now,” said Sawyer. “I was aiming for 1:17:00 so I’m very pleased with 1:16:46.
“The course is a lot of rolling hills, but it climbs a lot more than it declines, so you always have to push,” he added.

Greg Sawyer of Edmundston, N.B. ran to his third straight victory at the Demi-Marathon Saint-Francois in Saint-Francois-de-Madawaska, N.B. on Sunday, Sept. 3.

Photo courtesy of CFAI FM

Push is exactly what he did when he turned around for a quick peek at the 15K mark and saw Mathieu Morrison only about 300 metres behind. From there, Sawyer pushed hard to the finish for the win.
He praised the organizers for another great event.
“We had a lot of water and Gatorade stations on the road, and the chicken at the end was delicious,” said Sawyer. “It was another great job of organizing today, and the weather was just perfect.”
Morrison finished in second place at the 1:17:34 mark, followed by Sylvain Arseneau at 1:22:15.
It was another Edmundston runner, Louise Connely, who finished as the top female in the half marathon. She clocked in with a finish of 1:40:49.
She was equally pleased with the event.
“Saint-Francois always hosts a great event,” said Connely. “For the half marathon, we have a bit of a challenge, with the hills.
The weather was on our side, very comfortable for this time of year.”
Sandy Berube was second among females, with a time of 1:50:55, followed by Vicky Frenette at 1:54:40.
For complete official results by Quid Chrono, visit here .
In the 8K race, 19-year-old Tristan Morneault of Dieppe finished first with a time of 30:10, followed by Roy Clavette at 32:53, and Gilles Michaud at 35:10. Top females were Venise Laforge-Michaud, with a time of 36:01, Isabelle Berube at 37:40, and Kodi MacGougan at 39:26.
In the new 5K race, it was 19-year-old Gabriel Lebel of Riviere-Verte placing first at the 19:51 mark, followed by Daniel Doucette at 22:59, and Dominic Raymond at 23:59. Top females were Josee Bernier of Saint-Joseph at 25:15, followed by Claude Beaulieu at 25:42, and Denise Landry-Nadeau at 26:15.