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Keating sets new record at Miramichi Mile

5:48 finish a new mark for age category in New Brunswick

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Aug. 7, 2017

MIRAMICHI, N.B. – Mark another record in the books for Dr. Paula Keating.
The New Brunswick Sports Hall of Famer not only finished as the top female in yesterday’s Miramichi Mile, she set a new record in New Brunswick’s 50-59 age category with her 5:48 finish.
Not bad, considering she has no love for the one-mile distance.
“I am more endurance oriented, but I like to try the challenge of the shorter, faster distances on occasion to change it up a bit and get out of my comfort zone,” said the Miramichi runner.

Paula Keating of Miramichi had a memorable hometown race at the Miramichi Mile on Sunday, Aug. 6, setting a new record for the 50-59 age category in New Brunswick with her 5:48 finish.

Photo by Brian Richard

“I don’t specifically train for the mile, and currently have just been doing mostly maintenance running to stay in shape.”
She was hoping to break the record and finish in under six minutes, and achieved both goals.
“I’m happy with today’s race,” said Keating. “There was a slight headwind and 94 per cent humidity at race time, but at least the heavy rain held off. It’s always nice to get out with the Miramichi River Runners.”
Finishing first overall in the race was Kip Jackson of Sackville, who finished with a time of 5:12.
Jackson had started out running behind Daniel LeBlanc, who unfortunately pulled out early in the race, and just tried to maintain the pace from there.
“I could hear Sylvain Arseneau close behind me, and I knew I couldn’t let up,” he said. “Things seemed to get a bit easier for me once I crossed the 1K mark, and when I saw the cones with 200m left I just gave what I had left.”
Despite the slight headwind throughout, and the humidity, he said many runners finished with fast times.
“It’s always a pleasure to run in Miramichi,” said Jackson.
Finishing in second place was Arseneau, with a time of 5:19, followed by Marc Joncas at 5:42.
The second female finisher behind Keating was Nicole MacCallum, with a time of 6:38, followed by Amy Barrieau at 6:55.
A total of 29 runners took part in the race.
If you missed it, don’t worry. The Miramichi River Runners will host their second Miramichi Mile race this coming weekend on Sunday, Aug. 13.