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Second annual Course Yvon LeBlanc set for Sept. 16

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Sept. 13, 2017

SAINT-ANTOINE, N.B. – Not every family can afford to involve their children in organized sports, but organizations like KidSport are there to help.
In Saint-Antoine, N.B., KidSport is made possible through events such as the Course Yvon LeBlanc, which will return for its second year on Saturday, Sept. 16.
“The event got started because I wanted to have a platform in order to raise funds for KidSport in the Kent County region,” said race director Melanie Arsenault Sirois, who is responsible for the Kent County chapter of KidSport. “Statistics have shown that there are currently 17.9 per cent low-income families residing in Kent County.”

The second annual Course Yvon LeBlanc will take place in Saint-Antoine, N.B. on Saturday, Sept. 16. Shown here is Yvon LeBlanc himself, walking the 15K course at last year’s event.

Photo courtesy of Melanie Arsenault Sirois

KidSport provides support to children in order to remove the financial barriers that prevent them from playing organized sport, and organizers of the running event wish to spread that message.
At the same time, they wanted to recognize someone from the region who has had an impact on youth through sport and recreation. They needed to look no further than Yvon LeBlanc.
Involved in sports his whole life, whether it was teaching physical education, or coaching cross-country running, track and field or gymnastics (he was a coach for New Brunswick’s Canada Games team).
Although he suffered a severe stroke in 1999, LeBlanc remains very active, and continues to teach gymnastics at Universite de Moncton and also coaches at the club de gymnastic ENVOL in Grande-Digue.
Arsenault Sirois was delighted when LeBlanc not only agreed to have his name attached to their running event, but also came onboard as a spokesperson.
“He can’t run anymore but he walks every day and even built his own home, with help,” she said. “He never stops. He is definitely a wonderful spokesperson for sport and recreation in Kent County.”
LeBlanc and his wife walked the 15K at last year’s inaugural event. The 15K course takes participants through a hilly, rural region. Also offered is a 5K course in the village area, and a 1K kids’ fun run.
“Last year, with the kids’ 1K fun run, we had 180 participants,” said Arsenault Sirois. “We hope to get as many runners or more than last year.”
For more on the Course Yvon LeBlanc, visit here .