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A kickoff was held for the Marathon of Respect and Equality last night at New Glasgow Junior High.

Acadia and Temperance Choirs sing ‘What a Wonderful World’ during the MORE kickoff event last night at New Glasgow Junior High. CHRISTOPHER CAMERON – THE NEWS

It’s a special year for the Marathon of Respect and Equality. 2014 marks the fifth year the run has happened under its new name and 25 years from its forerunner, the Run Against Racism.

This year's MORE is scheduled for May 1. The theme this year is We Are The Village.

“It was chosen to communicate the importance of every one of us having a role to play in ensuring that our community is a safe, welcoming and tolerant place,” said chair Peter White.

The original Run Against Racism was started by Henderson Paris, who serves on the New Glasgow council and has been a running enthusiast for much of his life. He created it as a way to speak out against the racism he saw and to fight peacefully for equality. After 20 years, he decided it was time for it to pass on to others and that’s when the Marathon of Respect and Equality was born.

Paris continues to be a participant and major supporter of the marathon, which winds from town to town in Pictou County. Rallies are held in numerous places along the route and speeches given. Students often take part for portions of the run.

“I think the keys to the success both of Hennie's run and ours have been the importance of the message and the simplicity of getting involved,” White said. “People of all ages recognize the importance of respecting one another and of treating one another fairly. And anyone who takes part in either the run or any of the rallies associated with MORE has fun and really feels good about the experience. These things, combined of course with Henderson's own profile, which is so positive and characterized by such respect for him as an individual, have allowed the run to continue to be an important annual community event.” 

For more information contact Peter White at whitep@ccrsb.ca

Organizations: New Glasgow council

Geographic location: Pictou County

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