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A sign of the season

35th annual Fall Classic returns to Fredericton Sunday

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Sept. 21, 2017

FREDERICTON – When the leaves start falling in Fredericton, it can only mean two things. Summer is over, and it’s time to run.
The 35th annual Fall Classic will take place in the New Brunswick capital city on Sunday, Sept. 24.
First-time race director Michel Melanson said he is looking forward to another strong turnout.
“Over the years, the number of runners has varied from 550 to 700,” he said. “This year, we are on pace to have more than 550 runners.”

The 35th annual Fall Classic will take place in Fredericton on Sunday, Sept. 24. Shown here are participants Angela Cochrane and Roy Day during last year’s event.

Photo courtesy of Fall Classic on Facebook

The route starts and finishes at Government House, and includes a 2K stretch in the downtown area before jumping onto the city’s trail system. Half marathoners will make a trip over the Bill Thorpe Bridge over the St. John River.
“The run is basically flat, with very little elevation changes,” said Melanson.
For more on the Fall Classic, visit here .
This year’s events will include the traditional 5K and 10K races, as well as the half marathon, which was added to the lineup a few years ago. This year’s 10K race will be part of the Run New Brunswick Super Series. A 3K youth race and 1K kids’ fun run will also be available.
Started by local running club the Capital City Road Runners, the Fall Classic remains a part of the club, and is put on each year by a group of volunteers.