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Trapline Marathon celebrating 10th year in Happy Valley-Goose Bay

Vimal Sangha came in first in the 5km at the Trapline Marathon.
Vimal Sangha came in first in the 5km at the Trapline Marathon.

HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY, NL – The Trapline Marathon celebrated its 10th anniversary this year, and the event was a big success. 
Race director Dominic Demers said the marathon had over 250 participants – the highest number to compete in the last couple of years.
“We’re pretty pleased with it,” said Demers. “It was great to celebrate the 10th anniversary and see how the running community has grown. Our numbers trickled down a bit for a few years, but this year is great.”
Since the event is a Boston Marathon qualifier, people come from all over to run it, he said. This year runners came from all across Canada and the United States. 
“It isn’t a fun run,” said Demers. “We have a reputation as a race that’s well run, with an amazing group of volunteers, great corporate support and great support from the community.”
This year organizers added a 5-km run to the event, which Demers said was well received since some find the 10-km a little too much. The 5km and 10km were held on separate days so people could run both if they wanted.
“No one did, but the option was there,” Demers said with a laugh. “If you wanted to run one on the Saturday and the other on Sunday, you could.”
Demers has been involved with the marathon in one capacity or another for all 10 years it has been in operation, volunteering, running, helping with the timing tents, and now as race director. He said he has seen the event grow a lot from the original marathon of 13 runners, and hopes to see it grow more.

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