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Three Sundays, three races

Miramichi series winding down 2017 season

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Oct. 26, 2017

MIRAMICHI, N.B. – The points race has been settled, but the Miramichi River Runners still have three races to go in their 2017 series.
Sylvain Arseneau of Petit-Rocher and Amy Barrieau of Miramichi have garnered enough of a lead in points that no other runners can catch them, but that won’t stop runners from coming out and taking part in the final three races of the season, starting with the second straight 5K cross-country race on Sunday, Oct. 29.
“We only had 24 in it last year, and it seems to drop off once we get the first one in,” said the running club’s past president, Brian Richard. “They’re not overly popular, but we wanted to round out the circuit way back in the day by doing different things than just 5Ks and 10Ks.”

The Miramichi River Runners will host races over the next three Sundays to wrap up their 2017 series, starting with their second cross-country 5K on Sunday, Oct. 29, followed by a 10K on Nov. 5 and a 5K on Nov. 12. Shown here are participants during last year’s November 10K race.

Photo courtesy of Brian Richard

They found a perfect location for them at the city’s cross-country ski club. The 5K route consists of two loops of one of the wooded trails at the club.
“It’s a bit of a challenge,” said Richard. “It’s through the woods, and not like the trail runs that are popping up everywhere now. This is true cross-country.”
The race will be the first of three straight Sunday races in Miramichi, with the November 10K race on Nov. 5, and the November 5K on Nov. 12.
Both the upcoming 10K and the 5K races will be back on the regular road routes.
The Nov. 12 5K will be the final race of the 2017 season.
“We did that because Dec. 2 is our annual party and awards night, and we need time to get the winners and awards all done up,” said Richard.
For more on the races, visit the Miramichi River Runners page here.