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Back to back miles in Miramichi

First race to be held Sunday, Aug. 6

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Aug. 4, 2017

MIRAMICHI, N.B. – If you’re not happy with your time in this weekend’s Miramichi Mile, come back the following week and try again.
The Miramichi River Runners will host the first of two back-to-back one-mile races on Sunday, Aug. 6. The second will take place one week later on Sunday, Aug. 13.
“We have two races a year for the mile, and they’re back to back in August,” said Brian Richard, past president of the club. “Some of the guys wanted to get them over with because it’s not their favourite race. I don’t know why… it was always my favourite.”

Sylvain Arseneau leads the pack in the second of two back-to-back one-mile races hosted in Miramichi last summer. The first of this year’s one-milers will take place on Sunday, Aug. 6.

Photo by Norma MacLean

“It’s a nice straight race, all on the road, and goes around one corner,” said Richard. “There’s a but of a downhill at the beginning, but nothing like we have here on the other side of the river. It’s a certified course too, so if any records are broken, they will be recognized by Run New Brunswick.”
He said they are hoping to get the same turnout as last year’s race, with participation numbers in the 40s.
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Last year, the first race drew 42 runners, compared to only 24 for the second. Ryan O’Shea was the winner of the first race, with a time of 5:24. Sylvain Arseneau was only one second slower in winning the second race, with a 5:25 time.
The race has been happening since the 1980s, and has been run on different routes, from the track to the road and different areas. For the past few years, it has settled in the area of a retirement community on General Mason Way.