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Thibodeau to run 400th race at Miramichi March 5K

Annual event to take place on Sunday, March 19

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
March 9, 2017

MIRAMICHI, N.B. – For some runners, the upcoming Miramichi 5K might be just another run. But, for Paul Thibodeau, it’s something more.
For the Moncton runner, the March 19 race will mark the 400th race of his 27-year running career.
It all started for him on Feb. 25, 1990, when he ran in Moncton’s inaugural SnowFlake 10K. It was hosted by the Southeast Striders club, and Leo Sheehy of Albert Mines was the lead organizer.
“I phoned Leo up on the Friday evening and asked him all about it,” recalled Thibodeau. “I had never heard of ‘road races’ but was running for about a year and a half. I decided to give it a try and, as soon as I started, I was hooked.”

Paul Thibodeau of Moncton will run his 400th race at the Miramichi March 5K on Sunday, March 19. He is shown here in last month’s David Morris Memorial 5K.

Photo courtesy of Brian Richard

He finished in 43:46 in -25C temperature, and was elated.
“I saw a race calendar book and I knew that this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life,” he said.
In the years since, Thibodeau has run races all over North America, as well as Europe, not just road races but also track, cross-country, trail and duathlons. He put 100 per cent into every one of them, and takes extreme pride in his results.
Many of his best races have happened in Miramichi, where he said he has always been well treated. He decided he wanted his 400th race to be there. His goal is to place as high as possible.
“It feels great to hit number 400 but I don’t plan on stopping there,” he said. “I am aiming for number 500. I figure it will take me about 4-5 more years.”
As for the run itself, if it is anything like last year’s March 5K, some fast times can be expected. Jeremie Pellerin’s 15:12 in the 2016 event was the fastest 5K time in the Maritimes in 2016, and Jean-Marc Doiron and Greg Sawyer were not far behind.
Last year’s event featured 38 runners, according to Miramichi River Runners past president Brian Richard, who said they usually expect about 40 for this one.
“Everything depends on the weather here,” said Richard. “We could have another blizzard, like we’ve had with the first three (races). Everything is weather controlled here up until May.”
Visit here for more information on the Miramichi March 5K.