Joe Earle Road Races bring community, families together: MacDonald
TRENTON – If there’s a running event in Pictou County there’s a good chance Debbie MacDonald will be at it.
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The 50th annual Joe Earle Memorial Day Road Races take place next Monday, May 19. Every year the event honours a person or family that has had a significant involvement in the running community and this year it is The Earle Family Day.
She knows what makes each of them special and for the Joe Earle Memorial Day Road Races she believes it’s the family aspect of the event.
“At most of the events you don’t get the little tiny kids like you get at the Joe Earle races,” said MacDonald. “At some other races it’s competitive and about being the best of the best. There (Joe Earle Road Races) it’s about getting outside and having kids start to run from the time they’re small.
“It’s not only special seeing the kids out running, but those kids getting their trophies. Who gives out huge trophies like that? It’s so amazing to see them always jumping for joy.”
Last year she was recognized by the event as someone who has had a significant impact in the running community. This year on May 19, the 50th anniversary of the event, the Earle family will be recognized.
“Last year was a phenomenal year for me,” said MacDonald. “It was an honour to be nominated as the person they recognized. This year it will be their day and they definitely deserve it. They are an amazing family and are what most families would strive to be. They work together and have the same goal of getting the kids out running to stay healthy.”
MacDonald said that she has enjoyed running this every time she has participated because of the organization and passion the family puts into it each Victoria Day. She said the family never complains, they just do it and make sure that everyone enjoys themselves.
“It takes such a big dedication from them to put it on each year,” she said. “It’s unbelievable the amount of work that goes into this each year to get all the food ready, get everything set up and all the awards.
She said she understands that certain members of the Earle family will be stepping down as organizers after this year, but hopes that it will continue to be the successful event is has been for so many years.
“It’s sad it’s their last year, but they want to move on with their lives because it takes a big commitment to put it on each year,” said MacDonald. “Hats off to them and that they be blessed with the things to come in the future.”
Those interested in participating next week can sign up this week by calling 755-4426 or by mailing their name, address and event(s) to:
Joe Earle Road Races
PO Box 684
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