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Keating breaks own record at Miramichi Mile

Takes 14 seconds off mark set the previous week

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Aug. 16, 2017

MIRAMICHI, N.B. – Remember that one-mile record Paula Keating broke a week or so ago? Yeah, she just broke it again.
The Miramichi physician ran a 5:34 in the Miramichi Mile on Aug. 13, breaking the New Brunswick record for the 50-59 age category she set just one week earlier on the same course by 14 seconds. The Miramichi River Runners held two one-mile races as part of their series this year, and decided to offer them on back-to-back weekends.
“I’m very happy with the result today,” said Keating. “I was hoping to cut a few seconds off last week’s time… I guess a little practice from last week helped.”

It only took one week for Paula Keating’s new age category record for the one-mile distance in New Brunswick to fall. She broke it herself at the second Miramichi Mile race on Sunday, Aug. 13.

Photo courtesy of Miramichi River Runners on Facebook

The weather was cooperative for the race, which drew 45 participants, and plenty of strong competition. The second, third and fourth place finishers all crossed the finish line within a two-second period.
“I was on call for my family practice call group this weekend, so had a little extra motivation to go faster,” said Keating, with a laugh. “I was hoping to get to the finish line before my pager went off.”
Finishing first overall in Sunday’s race was Marc Joncas of Robertville, who recorded a new personal best for the mile in 5:19.
It was an emotional race for Joncas, who has been battling an ankle injury for the past month. He showed up to the race with his legs feeling heavy, after running the 10K race in Caraquet the day before.
“I decided to stay with the lead pack at the start, and hoped not to do too bad,” he said. “At that moment, I didn’t even feel I would break six minutes.”
Joncas stayed behind Paul Comeau for the first 300-400m, taking shelter from the side/headwind, and then took the lead.
“After the first turn we had a big tailwind, and I was sure Paul or Paula would have been able to catch me,” he said. “But at the 1K mark I checked my time and realized how fast I was going and good I felt, very light. Then I knew I would win this one.”

“But at the 1K mark I checked my time and realized how fast I was going and good I felt, very light. Then I knew I would win this one.”
Being able to run both Miramichi mile races this year, and see Keating break the provincial record twice, was special for Joncas.
“She is a great runner, an inspiration for every runner in New Brunswick,” he said. “I will remember this race forever.”
He commended the Miramichi River Runners for including the one-mile distance in their competitive series, and said he would like to see Run New Brunswick add the distance to its provincial championships.
“I think every runner who wants to run fast in the five other championships needs the challenge of this kind of short distance race,” said Joncas. “I think the shorter distances in New Brunswick are not taken seriously, and an organization like Run NB should take the lead and promote and include at least one mile and one 3K in its Super Series.”
Finishing second behind Joncas on Sunday was Comeau at 5:33, followed by Keating at 5:34. The third place male finisher was William Falconer at 5:35, while the second female was Kari Parsons at 6:04, followed by Amy Barrieau at 6:44.
For complete results, visit the Miramichi River Runners page here .