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Legault, Theriault-Roy win second straight Demi-marathon de l’Acadie

Twenty-two runners take part in monthly race

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
June 4, 2017

TRACADIE-SHEILA, N.B. – For the second straight month it was Jonathan Legault and Nathalie Theriault-Roy atop the heap at the Demi-marathon de l’Acadie, but this month they were even faster.
Legault knocked more than three minutes off his May time to cross the finish line in first place at 1:28:26, followed by Andrew Walsh at 1:33:07 and Gary Kenney at 1:34:46.
Top female once again was Theriault-Roy at 1:37:45, followed by Marcelle Breau at 1:54:28 and Silvia Antuna at 1:54:29.

Participants in the 356e Demi-marathon de l’Acadie on Sunday, June 4 gathered afterwards for a post-race photo.

Photo courtesy of Demi-marathon de l’Acadie on Facebook

It was the first time for the monthly race starting at its new summer start time of 9 a.m.
“For me, the earlier the better,” said Theriault-Roy. “Today’s run went great with a time of 1:37:45. The weather was perfect.”
The conditions may have been good for running, but the 10-degree temperature at the end of the race was unseasonably cold for June, making the earlier start time not quite necessary for this month, according to race director Donald Wade.
“Mother Nature was very cooperative today,” said Wade. “Maybe in July or August we’ll appreciate that early start.”
While Wade said they were happy with the turnout of 22 runners, he said they would like to see more.
It’s been a cold, wet spring in the Maritimes this year, leading Wade to speculate as to whether that has led to lower numbers at his event and others.
“The number of runners is a bit down across the board,” he said. “Maybe we’ve reached the max. Or maybe, with the weather, people are just not trained enough for longer distances.”
The 357e Demi-marathon de l’Acadie will take place on Sunday, July 2.