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Running the river in Nackawic

Annual event draws 425 participants

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Nov. 5, 2017

NACKAWIC, N.B. – Anna MacFarlane had one word to describe her feelings on yesterday’s Run the River event.
“Fantastic,” she said. “We had about 425 registered, perfect, crisp weather and wonderful volunteers.”
The day also brought some great performances on the course, with Alex L’Heureux of Hanwell coming first in the 10K with a time of 36:14.
The event was one of the best organized races L’Heureux said he has been part of in a long time. He commended the race director and everyone involved, saying he and his wife will be back next year.

Alex L’Heureux (centre) finished in first place at the Run the River event in Nackawic, N.B. on Saturday, Nov. 4, while Justin Young (left) finished in second place and Jeff Queen rounded out the top three.

Photo by Danielle Queen

“This race embodies what we want for our children and future runners,” he said. “The numbers show that people have had a good experience the year before, and this year was no different.”
Having been traveling in and out of the province for the past few days, L’Heureux said his legs were a bit shot before the race.
“Once I had the first two kilometres behind me, I was able to coast a comfortable pace and used the back 5K as a tempo run,” he said. “I have my last race coming up next weekend in Miramichi and this race was a good test to see where I am at when running comfortably.”
Joining L’Heureux on the podium were Justin Young, who finished second with a time of 37:21, and Jeff Queen, who came in third at 37:32.
It was the first Run the River experience for Queen, who said it was very well organized, from the directions driving into town, to the post-race awards.
“It was a beautiful course, certainly not a flat one though,” he said. “There were a few pretty good size hills, with the biggest one coming at 8K.”
Queen and Young have had some ferocious battles in the past, but Young is in particularly good shape this year, according to Queen, who said he was happy to stick with him for most of the race.
“He’s a really strong downhill runner and he’d gap me every downhill, and then I’d have to reel him back in each uphill,” he said. “We were running shoulder to shoulder after that last massive hill, but I couldn’t stick with him down to the finish. It was a fun battle.”
Patricia Kelly of Fredericton finished as the top female, with a time of 45:20, followed by Marnie Schwarz at 45:50, and Jill Dunnett at 48:17.
In the 5K it was Martin Larose of Oromocto coming in first place at 18:06, followed by Karsen Howell at 19:40, and top female Frances Wright at 19:45. Coming third for males was Roy Clavette at 19:45, while finishing second among females was Emily Haynes-MacDonald at 20:00, followed by Hannah Haynes-MacDonald at 21:02.
For complete official results by Atlantic Chip, including the 3K results, visit here .