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Coming back to Chipman

Community to host 28th annual road race on Aug. 19

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Aug. 17, 2017

CHIPMAN, N.B. – This year, the Chipman Road Race is going to try and beat the heat.
The 28th annual race will take place in Chipman on Saturday, Aug. 19, but one hour earlier than its traditional 10 a.m. start time.
“It was always 10, but people said it was so hot, and that it should be 9,” said race director Brenda Barton. “So we thought we’d give it a try this year.”
Local RCMP officer Bruno Arsenault started the event back in 1989, drawing 160 runners on a blustery, rainy day. Featured are 10K and 5K races, in what was originally scheduled on the New Brunswick Day long weekend. A 5K walk is also included.
That changed when the Fredericton Beer Run was started on the same weekend, attracting more than 400 runners, and impacting the turnout at the Chipman race, which has been rescheduled to a little bit later in the month ever since.

Edward Gallant, shown here with Miss Confederation Shirley Sands at this year’s summer festival in Minto, N.B., is expected to return as the oldest participant in the annual Chipman Road Race in Chipman, N.B. on Saturday, Aug. 19.

Photo courtesy of Brenda Barton

“We’ve had some really great races, and met a lot of people who come back year after year, and that’s been a nice thing,” said Barton, who got involved through her role as an employee with the village.
Among those runners who come back year after year is octogenarian Eddie Gallant, who has held the honour as the event’s oldest participant for a number of years, and is expected to be back again this year.
The event has been affiliated with Run New Brunswick since its early days, and its 10K race is featured on the organization’s annual Super Series. The Running Room has also been a part of the race for a number of years.
The goal is just to get out and run, and have fun, according to Barton.
“It’s good to keep running alive because it’s a good sport and so many people do it at their leisure,” she said.
“A lot of them joined in different years, and they come from all over. Some are home for vacation, and, if the run is on their week, will drive here. We’re kind of centrally located between Fredericton, Moncton, Saint John, and Miramichi as kind of a hub between all those cities.”
Both the 5K and 10K start and finish at the Chipman Public Library, and run along the village’s main street on a fairly flat course.
The turnout can depend on anyone’s guess. Only 21 were pre-registered as of Wednesday, but Barton was expecting a lot to sign up on race day. Other recent years have seen 100-125 take part.
For more on the Chipman Road Race, visit here .