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Arseneau wins 353e Demi-marathon de l’Acadie

Seventeen brave -27 degree wind chill in Tracadie

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
March 12, 2017

TRACADIE-SHEILA, N.B. – It was cold, but at least it wasn’t a snowstorm.
The 353e Demi-marathon de l’Acadie was held here on Sunday morning, a week later than scheduled due to a snowstorm that hit the region the previous weekend.
Sylvain Arseneau finished in first place with a time of 1:26:18, shaving almost three minutes off his time at the 352e Demi-marathon de l’Acadie one month ago.
“It felt good today, getting ready for Boston,” said Arseneau, who will be one of 62 New Brunswickers running the Boston Marathon next month. “I did a few kilometres before and after the race, and that made for my long run.”

Runners pose for a photo prior to heading out for the 353e Demi-marathon de l’Acadie in Tracadie-Sheila, N.B. this morning.

Photo courtesy of Demi-marathon de l'Acadie on Facebook

The temperature for today’s race was a frigid -27 degrees with the wind chill, but 17 runners turned out to brave the elements.
“It was pretty cold, but we had the wind at our back for the first 11 km and it was a side wind after that,” he said.
Finishing second behind Arseneau was Jonathan Legault with a time of 1:32:07, followed by the top female finisher, Nathalie Theriault-Roy, at 1:38:34. The third place male was Eric Belley at 1:38:52, while second place female was Valerie Jean with a PB at 1:53:51, and Silvia Antuna was the third female at 1:55:39.
Considering the conditions, race director Donald Wade said he was pleased with the turnout.
The event had been scheduled for March 5, but organizers made the decision to postpone due to the weather.
“Blowing snow is the worst-case scenario for running on the road like we do, so we don’t dare take any chances with blowing snow,” said Wade. “It was whiteout conditions in a lot of areas last weekend in our part of the country, so we decided it was a no go.”
The next Demi-marathon de l’Acadie , the 354th, is scheduled for Sunday, April 2.