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Morrison, Theriault-Roy take first in Tracadie

358e Demi-marathon de l’Acadie draws 27 runners

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Aug. 6, 2017

TRACADIE-SHEILA, N.B. – The Demi-marathon de l’Acadie is all about encouraging people to get involved in running, not making it more difficult.
That’s why when one runner showed up late for today’s half marathon and missed the start, the organizers let her run it anyway.
“She was so frustrated because she thought the race was at 10, and she arrived late,” said race director Donald Wade. To beat the heat in the summer months, organizers of the monthly race decided to move the start time up to 9 a.m.
Photos courtesy of Demi-marathon de l’Acadie on Facebook
Runners came from all over New Brunswick, as well as Nova Scotia, Quebec and Saskatchewan for the 358e Demi-marathon de l’Acadie in Tracadie-Sheila, N.B. on Sunday, Aug. 6.
“So we gave her a late start, five minutes after the rest, and just subtracted that from her time,” said Wade. “She was happy because she completed the course. We want to encourage participation.”
She was one of 27 runners in today’s race, the 358th of the series, matching the highest turnout of the year set in April. Runners came from all corners of New Brunswick, Halifax, and even as far away as Montreal, Que. and Saskatoon, Sask.
“As I predicted, we had people who were on vacation and checked the Run New Brunswick calendar, then showed up for the race,” he said.
Although weather forecasts had been calling for severe thunderstorms for the region today, those taking part in the race got off lucky. After a downpour of rain from 8-8:30 a.m., the rain stopped just in time for the 9 a.m. start, and did not resume until the afternoon.
“It was a little windy, but everybody was happy with the run,” said Wade.
Finishing in first place was Mathieu Morrison of Bathurst, with a time of 1:10:23, followed by his training partner, Carol Lepage, at 1:26:10. Both are training for next month’s Montreal Marathon.
It was Lepage’s first time running the Demi-marathon de l’Acadie.
“Things went pretty tough for me because of the higher mileage I am doing in preparation for the Montreal Marathon,” he said. “We had a strong headwind for the last 9K of the race.”
Finishing in third place was Marc-Andre McGraw at 1:35:37.
Nathalie Theriault-Roy of Beresford, who finished as the top female, also noticed the headwind.
“It went good with a face wind for at least half of the run, with construction on the road, so it was a bit difficult,” she said. “But overall it went good with a time of 1:40:08, and my 47th half marathon in Tracadie. Three more to go for my 50th. That’s my goal but I will never stop running.”
It has been a great year so far for Theriault-Roy, who qualified for the next Boston Marathon at Fredericton in May. Yesterday, she ran her first 5K race at the 5 km de Lameque with a satisfying time of 21:43.
Placing second among females was Diane Pennell, with a time of 1:50:46, followed by Silvia Antuna at 1:54:36.
Complete results will be posted here .
The 359e Demi-marathon de l’Acadie will take place on Sunday, Sept. 3, followed by the special 30th anniversary celebration on Oct. 1.