Johnny Miles Series helping to grow sport in Pictou County
NEW GLASGOW – Many came back with crunchy hair from frozen sweat during the Resolution Run on New Year’s Eve as runners braved the cold for the inaugural run under the Johnny Miles name.
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Runners stand at the start line of the Resolution Run at the Westside Community Centre on New Year’s Eve. This year was the inaugural year for the run under the Johnny Miles banner.
The temperature was minus 17 without the wind chill, which likely affected the turnout slightly, but overall race director Terry Curley was pleased with how the event went.
“Given the weather and the conditions I think that it’s a pretty great turnout,” he said. “This was a way for us (Johnny Miles Running Event) to give back to the community. This is a free event with no registration fee, everybody got a meal, hat and glow jewelry, so I think it was just our way of thanking them for supporting us.”
Recently this event was added to the list of those that are becoming the Johnny Miles Running Series. The Resolution Run, along with Miss Miles, were added with the latter being on Mother’s Day when the Johnny Miles Marathon used to be held.
“Absolutely, that was always a running tradition having it on Mother’s Day and we just felt it would be a great tribute to all the women in running to have that run on that day,” he said. “For many years, obviously, it was the full Johnny Miles event, so it’s a great tie into the past.”
Although there was no confirmation from Curley about other events that could be added in the future, he said they wanted to find ways to keep people active all year and holding fun runs is a great opportunity to do so. They also have the Run for the Lobster, Melmerby Triathlon and the main event weekend June 14 and 15.
“I think what we’re trying to do with the Johnny Miles running event is we’re trying to make it a series that keeps people active all year and I guess what we recognized is that people would train and run Johnny Miles and that would be the end of it for them,” said Curley. “What we’re trying to do is build a series, so that people will stay active all year round.
“I think there is a big push right now to do more fun runs versus the high intensity or high stress, timed events. I think people want to get back to basic running again without the pressure of a clock or where they finished in the results.”
With new events being added there is always a fear about people supporting them and attending. Curley believes the following the main event has garnered over the years will help them with these events.
“I was thinking about that today because when you put a run on you’re always concerned about whether anyone is going to come out and support it,” he said. “We know with Johnny Miles that we’ve built a good following and no matter what run we put on we probably have a core group of runners that are going to show up, so that is certainly more comforting when you put these events together.
“More importantly these events are about the people running, more so than us. We enjoy doing this and the mandate of the Johnny Miles I to create a healthy community and that’s why we do this. It’s a way of us giving back to the community.”
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