Bathurst's HR manager runs from Bathurst to Miramichi for St. Patrick's Day

When it comes to working with other cities, City of Bathurst human resources manager Jamie DeGrace will go the extra mile — literally.

For St. Patrick's Day, DeGrace ran 70 kilometres from Bathurst to Miramichi, along with runner Bruno Haché, to recognize the special relationship between the two cities. The distance is equivalent to running nearly two back-to-back marathons.

"We did this as a gesture of goodwill between our two communities," DeGrace told CBC News. "We're very proud of the municipalities. We're not in competition, we're in partnership, and the more we can partner, the better it is for everyone."

The two cities have worked together on policing, HR and other initiatives, he said, with some efforts providing savings for both communities.

DeGrace and Haché started their run just after 6 a.m., and arrived in Miramichi just hours later with the city's mayor, police chief and other city officials there to meet them.

Ultimately the run went smoothly with very few bumps on the road.

"Conditions were excellent. We had a bit of snow along the way, but it was a nice clear day. We had wind at our backs the whole way, and the sun came out a few times," DeGrace said. "We live in a beautiful part of the province. We're lucky that we're here."