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Arseneau wins second straight Miramichi 5K

Frigid temperature affects turnout

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Feb. 5, 2017

MIRAMICHI, N.B. – Today’s run in Moncton was cold, but the David Morris Memorial 5K in Miramichi went even a little beyond that.
The temperature was down to about -25 when the brave runners gathered for the monthly run hosted by the Miramichi River Runners on Sunday, Feb. 5.
Only 26 people turned out for the event, down by almost half of the total that took part in last year’s event, according to club past president Brian Richard.

Sylvain Arseneau leads the pack in the annual David Morris Memorial 5K on Sunday, Feb. 5.

Photos courtesy of the Miramichi River Runners

“The temperature was definitely the factor,” he said. “We have regulars that come out to all our runs, and they didn’t show.”
Richard thought the Miramichi might pick up a few runners from the Tracadie area, after the aftermath of the recent ice storm caused the postponement of the 352e Demi-marathon de l’Acadie, but that was not the case.
Miramichi was also hard hit by the ice storm that rocked eastern New Brunswick last week, but Richard does not believe it had an impact on the run.
“The road conditions were good, for us,” he said. “At least it wasn’t snow-packed like the first two.”
Several fast times were recorded in today’s race, with Sylvain Arseneau leading the pack for a second straight month, crossing the finish line at the 18:40 mark, followed by Brad McLellan of Bathurst at 19:18 and Paul Thibodeau of Moncton at 19:37.
Top female finishers were Tanya Wood at 24:26, Nathalie Waterburry at 24:39 and Desiree Beaulieu at 24:51.

Paul Thibodeau races to a third place finish in the David Morris Memorial 5K.

Temperatures sunk to -25 for the annual February race.

(From left) Sondra Craig presents Dr. Tanya Wood with the first place award at the David Morris Memorial race on Sunday, Feb. 5. Wood's time was 24:26,Nathalie Waterburry came second in 24:39 and Desiree Beaulieu third in 24:51.

Arseneau, who is training for the Boston Marathon in April, said he felt good about the day’s race.
“Today was cold but good running conditions, with no wind,” he said. “I don’t do a lot of speed training, so I used this race to do some.”
Thibodeau and Beaulieu made the trip from Moncton for the event, with Thibodeau edging rival Paul Comeau in the last 600 metres for his third place finish, and Beaulieu smashing her previous personal best of 26:03 for her third place female finish.
It was the 396th race for “The Jackal,” who said the Miramichi event is always a fast and competitive race, run in memory of long-time River Runners member Morris, who passed away in 2005.
“Awesome awards, lunch and folks,” said Thibodeau. “I encourage anyone wanting a fast 5K at any time of the year to run the series. You will not be disappointed.”

(From left) Sondra Craig presents the winner Sylvain Arseneau 18:40,Brad McLellan second in 19.:8 and Paul Thibodeau 19:37.