Johnny Miles attracts record participation

Peter Clarke
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More than 2,000 people will be logging a lot of miles this weekend.

The 35th Annual Johnny Miles Marathon and Running Event is being held this weekend in New Glasgow.

"The event is a signature running event for competitors from across the Atlantic Provinces and beyond and is also a great opportunity to showcase our town and our region," said Kim Dickson, director of marketing and communications for New Glasgow.

Registration for the run is already up 20 per cent from last year.

"We've just tipped the scales at 2,000," said Terry Curley, the Johnny Miles race director. "We have more registered already than actually ran last year," he added.

Registration for the run will remain open until Saturday evening for all events except the Student Challenge, which has already filled to capacity at 300 participants.

The event runs on Saturday, June 19 and Sunday, June 20 and will close off Provost Street in New Glasgow as participants and observers flood the street.

"The Johnny Miles Running Event continues to be a major sports tourism event for Pictou County with approximately 70 per cent of the participants registered from outside of Pictou County," said Dickson.

To kick the weekend off, there will be the Johnny Walk or leisure walk at 9 a.m. on Saturday, starting and finishing in front of the New Glasgow town hall. Following that is the Tim Horton's and Subway Kid's Fun Run, which starts at 10:30 a.m. on Provost.

Participants will able to pick up their race-kits on Saturday as well at the John Brother MacDonald Stadium from 4 to 7 p.m. Runners will also be able to load up on carbohydrates there thanks to Sobeys and hear guest speaker Terry Kelly speak at 5 p.m.

The real legwork begins on Sunday.

At 8:30 a.m., runners will take off for the 10-kilometer race, the half marathon, and the full marathon.

After those runners have cleared the starting area, the five-kilometer run and the student run will begin.

Following the race will be a meal for the runners and an awards ceremony.

Dave MacLennan has won the full marathon for seven years now. He hopes to do it again this year.

"I've got a chance," he says.

He trains a fair bit on the trail which makes up part marathon route which makes this marathon enjoyable for him.

"It's our local marathon and you want to get out and support it," he says.

When it comes to marathons "it's probably your best bang for the buck anywhere," he says. 

Organizations: Tim Horton's, Sobeys

Geographic location: New Glasgow, Atlantic Provinces, Pictou County

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