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Something for everyone in Caraquet

Aug. 12 event expecting more than 300 participants

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Aug. 9, 2017

CARAQUET, N.B. – The 10km Caraquet has been getting bigger every year, and this year it should have an even bigger finish.
With the local Acadian festival being celebrated from Aug. 3-15, a stretch of road in Caraquet will be closed to traffic for the last three days of the festival, making a perfect spot for a finish line on Saturday, Aug. 12.
“The race will finish on this stretch through huge arches,” said Nicole Boudreau, secretary of the event’s planning committee. “We are really looking forward to bigger crowds at the finish line.”

Mylene Frenette (left) and Marie-Claude Comeau were among the participants in last year’s 10K race in Caraquet. This year’s 10km Caraquet will take place on Saturday, Aug. 12.

Photo courtesy of Nicole Boudreau

“It can be hard to stay on track in the summer months, and this intermediate race helps the local population stay on track and train for the event.”
The picturesque course starts at the local church on Main Street, runs all the way up to Sainte-Anne Sanctuary, and then follows a scenic biking trail. A few inclines offer a bit of a challenge, made worthwhile by the breathtaking views of the bay.
After nearly a decade, the word about the event seems to be out. Last year saw more than 300 participants in the four races, and it was named “Race of the Year” by Run New Brunswick. The 10K is featured on Run New Brunswick’s Super Series.
Boudreau is hoping to see the same turnout of around 300 for this year’s race, with even bigger plans on the horizon.
“Next year is the 10th anniversary and we are looking forward to something big,” she said.
For more on the 10km Caraquet, visit here .
The Caraquet race was started nine years ago by local gym owners Serge Arseneault and Melodie LeBlanc, who would organize weekly run groups and introduce much of the local population to running. The race started out as a 10K but was later expanded to include a 5K, and has been growing progressively ever since.
Last year, a committee of local volunteers took over the race, all with a passion for running, fitness, and a healthy community.
“A lot of the committee members have small children and we obviously believe that being active starts young,” said Boudreau. “That’s why we have added our kids’ races, to motivate and train the next generation of Caraquet runners.”
The two family races – 1K and 100m - were added to the event last year. The best reward for that, according to Boudreau, have been the children who have encouraged their parents to start running so they could do the 5K together.
Having the event later in the summer has also worked out well, she explained.
“We want to give an end-of-summer fitness goal to everyone,” said Boudreau.