The Marathon of Respect and Equality (MORE) ended another successful run this year at NNEC, welcomed by a large crowd, band, and choir.
Runners make their way through downtown Westville as part of the MORE run. Leading the pack were Run Against Racism founder Henderson Paris and Westville Mayor Roger MacKay. ADAM MACINNIS – THE NEWS
“It’s certainly a milestone,” said Henderson Paris who started the Run Against Racism 25 years ago. Paris led the pack again this year to each stop along the way, welcomed by cheering crowds, and cars honking furiously in support.
“They come out of their place of work and cheer and clap,” said Paris, “we feed off of that.”
Taking a look back, the run was scaled down in distance when it became the MORE run.
“It’s easier on the body,” said Paris, who had planned on retiring from the run five years ago, but continued after it was revived.
“I love the fact that people return,” said Paris about the continually good turnout each year, and familiar faces. Each year, Paris has a number of students who begin in Pictou and continue the entire run along with him, as well as a number of friends.
For Cameron Smith, a Trenton Middle school student, this was her second year running along with Paris and the growing numbers of people.
“I think it’s something that makes people think differently about the whole topic,” said Smith.
Paris is also incredibly grateful to his wife, Carol Paris, who began helping him with the run when it began.
“It hasn’t been just me,” said Paris, “I can’t take all the credit.”
At NNEC, celebrating after the final leg of the race, co-chairs of this years event, as well as Paris spoke. They mentioned the support and impact, beyond Pictou County that the run has generated over the years.
“To be part of this is just inspiring,” said Jeff MacLean, one of the co-chairs, “they went for a run and they changed the world.”