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Adam MacInnis, The News
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Run Against Racism started 25 years ago

Final preparations for the Marathon of Respect and Equality are now down and the only thing left that would make it better is if the forecast improved.

“Everything is going great. The only wrinkle is weather,” said event chair Peter

White. “If the weather cooperates, that will be the icing on the cake.”

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

This year's MORE is scheduled for Thursday.  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 White.

He hopes that it’s a theme that the entire community can rally behind.

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.

Already they’ve had good attendance at a proclamation signing and a kickoff for the event last week.

“We’ve had kids and older people, so all ages are represented,” White said. “We’ve had a nice interest from a variety of groups.”

He said he’s appreciative of media support for the event and the others who make this event a success each year.

“It’s nice that so many people have become involved,” he said.

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2014 Route Details

• 8 a.m.- All Runners gather at Pictou Tourist Bureau to prepare for Run, sign waivers, etc. Please call 755-8480 or 752-2709 if you need a drive from New Glasgow to Pictou on the morning of the Run.

• 8:15 a.m.- Run leaves Tourist Bureau and travels north toward Pictou along West River Road, then Water Street to Rally at Town Square

• 8:30 a.m.- Run arrives at Pictou Rally

• 8:45 a.m.- Run departs rally, travels along Water Street, then left on Coleraine Street, then left on Church Street and returns to Tourist Bureau

• 9 a.m.- All Runners load bus to travel to Up-River Towns section of Run

• 9:20 a.m.- Bus arrives at Celtic School Board office on Westville Road

• 9:25 a.m.- Run leaves School Board office and travels along Westville Road toward Town of Westville

• 9:50 a.m.- Run arrives at Westville Rally at Town Office

• 10:05 a.m.- Run departs Westville Rally and proceeds along Drummond Road/Acadia Avenue toward Town of Stellarton

• 10:30 a.m.- Run arrives at Stellarton Rally at NSCC Campus on Acadia Avenue

• 10:45 a.m.- Run departs Stellarton Rally and travels along Acadia Avenue, turns left onto Foord Street and continues on Foord/Stellarton Road toward Town of New Glasgow (Route toward New Glasgow Rally at Glasgow Square is Stellarton Road, George Street to Riverside Parkway, right on Riverside Parkway to Glasgow Square)

• 11:20 a.m.- Run arrives at New Glasgow Rally at Glasgow Square

• 11:40 a.m.- Run departs New Glasgow Rally and travels up MacLean Street to Provost Street, turns right on Provost Street, travels to Archimedes Street, turns left onto Archimedes Street, travels Archimedes Street to Trenton Road, stopping at parking lot at Big Al’s Convenience Store to board bus to travel to Pictou Landing section of Run

• 12:05 a.m.- Bus travels to Presbyterian Church in Pictou Landing

• 12:20 p.m.- Bus arrives at Presbyterian Church

• 12:25 p.m.- Run travels along Pictou Landing Road toward Pictou Landing First Nation

• 12:50 p.m.- Run arrives at Pictou Landing Rally

• 1:15 p.m.- Bus departs Pictou Landing First Nation and travels toward Town of Trenton and last section of Run

• 1:25 p.m.- Runners get off bus on Pictou Landing Road at Hillside and travel along Pictou Landing Road/Main Street to arrive at Trenton Rally at Skate board Park/old ball field at 1:35 p.m.

• 1:50 p.m.- Run departs Trenton Rally and travels south along Main Street toward New Glasgow

• Run continues along Trenton Road to Provost Street and travels toward East River Road

• 2:30 p.m.- Run turns left onto Marsh street and stops at Calvary Temple parking lot on Marsh Street

• 2:40 p.m.- Run continues east on Marsh Street, travels Marsh Street to Vale Road, bears right to Vale Road, travels Vale Road to Park Street, turns right to Park Street and travels toward North Nova Education Centre

• 3 p.m.- Run ends at NNEC

 

Organizations: Pictou Tourist Bureau, New Glasgow council, Presbyterian Church Celtic School Board Town Office Convenience Store

Geographic location: Pictou County, New Glasgow, Westville Road Acadia Avenue Stellarton Road Water Street Archimedes Street Trenton Road Foord Street Riverside Parkway West River Road Marsh Street Vale Road Coleraine Street Church Street Drummond Road Park Street George Street MacLean Street Skate board Park East River Road

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