Johnny Miles Running Event continues to grow

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NEW GLASGOW – The Johnny Miles Running Event Weekend continues to grow and attract participants, not only from Northern Nova Scotia, but from across the province, Canada and even the United States.

This growth has led to three consecutive capacity filled events in as many years.

Terry Curley, race director and series chair, said that because the weekend has shown so much growth that they responded by expanding their signature series of five events within Pictou County.

“This past New Year’s Eve saw the introduction of the inaugural JMM New Year’s Eve 5km Fun Run,” said Curley. “This was promoted as a family friendly event, with no registration fee. More than 160 runners and walkers of all ages braved the cold temperatures and took part. The decision was made shortly thereafter to make this an annual event.”

This May will be the first running of the newly created Miss Miles 5km Fun Run on Mother’s Day weekend.

“For many years the Johnny Miles marathon and half marathon were run on Mother’s Day, so we felt the date for the Miss Miles was a natural,” said race director Carol Curley. “This new event is unique in that it is an all-female event.

“We want to celebrate the strength and brilliance of women in running and we could think of no better way to do this. “

The premier event, the Johnny Miles Running Event Weekend, will take place on June 14 and 15 and will be followed by the Shiretown Dental Clinic Run for The Lobster, on July 6.

The Melmerby Triathlon will return in 2014. Last year it was cancelled due to road permit issues but after resolving the issues the multi-sport event is slated for July 26 and 27.

The JMM Running Event continues to be recognized for its many initiatives, receiving the Recreation N.S. Bluenose Achievement Award in 2013. The award is presented to volunteers or community organizations to recognize outstanding achievements in the improvement of recreation and leisure opportunities locally, regionally and provincially.

The weekend event was also named the best running event in Nova Scotia by Run N.S. in 2012.

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