Slight changes coming to the Johnny Walk

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Johnny Walk planning team members Kathy Saulnier, Christie Hamel, and Debbie MacDonald look over the finishing medals for the walk, scheduled for Saturday, June 14.

The annual Johnny Miles Running Event Weekend is fast approaching and the Johnny Walk planning team says participants can expect to see a few small changes this year.

This free event, which takes place on Saturday, June 14, is open to everyone in the community. The team said the goal is to get people walking for fun and for their health, while enjoying the New Glasgow waterfront.

This year’s honourary walk starter is Phyllis Williston, a master athlete and active member of Pictou County. She is also the widow of the founder of the annual walk, Dr. John Williston.

Based on feedback from the past the walk will begin at Glasgow Square to avoid congestion. Registration is on site at 8:30 a.m. All walkers will receive an event bib, while supplies last. This bib will be used when the committee draws for prizes after the walk.

Participants will see a few changes this year as the committee has planned surprises along the route for participants of all ages. There will be finishing medals for everyone, while some of the news features include treasure, treats, bubbles, water and more.

Walkers will gather at Glasgow Square and walk under the George Street Bridge, turning right to travel along the Samson Trail. There will be route markers to identify the 1 km and 2 km distances. The turnaround this year will be at the 2 km point, to allow a finish in time for the popular children’s races.

Those who are not able to complete the total 4 km distance can turnaround earlier, but they may miss out in the surprises further down the route. All participants will be eligible for the bicycle draw.

For more information contact Kathy Saulnier at 752-7600 ext. 2480.

Organizations: George Street Bridge

Geographic location: New Glasgow, Pictou County

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