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Run New Brunswick announces 2018 race lineup

River Valley Rave Run, Demi-Marathon St-Francois added

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Nov. 24, 2017

SAINT JOHN, N.B. – Run New Brunswick announced its 2018 provincial championship and Super Series lineup this week, and runners can expect a few changes, along with a lot more of the same.
This year’s provincial championship races will see the River Valley Rave Run in Grand Bay-Westfield hosting the 5K, and the Demi-Marathon Saint-Francois hosting the half marathon, taking over from the 5 km de Lameque and the Legs for Literacy half marathon, hosts of the 2017 championships.
Meanwhile, the Fredericton Marathon will host the full marathon championship, while the Hampton 5-Miler and the Miramichi Rock ‘N Run 10K will also host for a second year.

The River Valley Rave Run in Grand Bay-Westfield, N.B. will host the Run New Brunswick provincial championship for the 5K distance in 2018. The championship and Super Series lineup was announced this week following the organization’s annual general meeting.

Photo courtesy of David Shiels

For the provincial championships, all races have to be on certified courses. Other than that, the criteria for their selection depends largely on how well organized the events are, according to Run New Brunswick board director Mary Brosnan.
“The main thing is that they are a well-run race, and that they have a few years background,” she said. “And we look for feedback from runners. They’re the best people to tell you how a race is run, really, because they’re out there doing it.
“And all of these races got really good feedback from runners,” she added.
The River Valley Rave Run has hosted the 5K championship in the past, but did not have its course certified, and therefore became ineligible when that became a requirement two years ago. They have since become certified, and are happy to be back.
“This time the course is certified, so this may bring out more elite runners,” said race director David Shiels. “I am hoping that we can draw a big crowd, as this distance is perfect for the beginner runner and the elite who want to test their speed early in the season.”
When deciding on provincial events, the board also tries to make sure it is as fair and accessible as possible, according to Brosnan.
“We try to spread it out, not only throughout the year, but throughout the province,” she said. “It’s not fair to runners, if they live way down south like in St. Andrews, for example, and then have to travel north for every race, or vice-versa. So we try to spread it out, so everyone has to travel.”
The same careful thought is given to the annual Trackie Super Series, which includes all the provincial championship races and several others, giving runners the opportunity to collect points in different age categories.
The 2018 Super Series will be almost identical to the 2017 series, with the only change being the return of the Bathurst 10K, and the Joe McGuire Road Race in Woodstock being dropped.
“Last year they changed their course, and they wanted to test it out, so they didn’t put in for the Super Series,” said Brosnan, about the Bathurst event. “They ended up with about 180 runners, and there was a lot of good feedback on it, so this year they put in for it again and we were happy to give them back their status there.”
For a complete list of provincial championship and Super Series events, with dates, visit the Run New Brunswick page here .