Mothers celebrated with 5k run

Christopher Cameron
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Inaugural Miss Miles Mother’s Day Classic a success

NEW GLASGOW – There were a lot of hugs, the odd tear and hundreds of smiles at Glasgow Square on Sunday morning

Families gathered to participate in or watch the inaugural Miss Miles Mother’s Day 5k Classic. Although it was raining leading up to race time, by the time they started running the rain had stopped for the 500 women taking part.

“People had a lot of fun out there and that’s what it’s all about,” said Johnny Miles Running Events director Terry Curley. “The pace was leisurely and even some of our hardcore runners were just taking their time today and enjoying the day and the course.”

Curley said the event, which was planned by and the idea of his wife Carol, was meant to celebrate Mother’s Day and bring families out to encourage their moms or sisters.

“That’s what we were hoping for was to see that mother and daughter experience and we saw a lot of that coming across the finish line here today,” he said.

For Linda Halliday and her daughter Caitlyn it was the first time the mother-daughter duo ran together in a structured event.

Linda said it was special to have Caitlyn home from university to run the event with, especially on Mother’s Day.

“I really enjoyed it and it was great doing this with her,” said Linda. “She’s gone away for school, so she’s not around a lot of the time, so it was nice to be able to do this together.”

They’ll likely run the event or something similar together again depending what is being held and when Caitlyn is home.

“It was fantastic and I loved it,” said Caitlyn about running with her mom. “She means the world to me and it’s pretty special (to be able to run together) as we start growing up and start going different places.”

It’s experiences and feedback like Caitlyn and Linda’s that have the organizing committee looking ahead to 2015. Curley already knows they will add more runners as they capped the event this year at 500.

“This is what people want (in an event),” he said. “What we need to do next year is increase the numbers next year so we can get more people involved. Everybody out here has a smile on their face. It’s laid back, less intense and people are just out here enjoying the day.”

 

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  • Kimberley Arnold
    May 12, 2014 - 06:19

    I thought the event was amazing! Right up there with Johnny Miles. I loved it and so did my daughter. She is 8 and it was her first run. What a way to celebrate Mothers Day! I was so proud of her. She was so proud of herself! Just an amazing way to start the day.