Inaugural Ugly Sweater Run a success

Christopher Cameron
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The goal is to grow the event.

In it’s inaugural year, the Ugly Sweater Run was a success according to Paul Atta, the membership and marketing manager for the YMCA of Pictou County. That said he wants it to grow and become a regular running event in the community.

“We’re about where we expected because we hoped to have between 50 and 100 people and we’re around the 50 mark of runners,” he said. “It was a great turnout for this time of year and this kind of weather.”

There were no times and no winners of the event. It is supposed to be a fun, community event according to Atta; although if anyone wanted bragging rights, Tony Corbin did cross the finish line first.

“It’s a great running community and that’s part of it because the more we can get people out there running the better,” he said. “Basically the YMCA is all about healthy communities, so look for more of these sorts of events like this from us to try and get the community out and active no matter what time of year it is and to have fun doing it.”

The event was supported by Johnny Miles Running Events, which he believes is a partnership that is crucial in the community.

“You can’t do things on your own anymore and that’s why the Johnny Miles and the YMCA have had a great history together,” he said. “We continue to build that history and we’re very thankful for their support in helping us put this event on.”

On Dec. 31 there is a Resolution Run being hosted out of the Westside Community Center by the Johnny Miles group, which is at capacity. This event was entirely separate as the YMCA was looking to give the community an event between Christmas and New Year’s Day Eve to run.

“We were looking for another event to have just before the new year and to sort of tie it in with Christmas, so that’s where we came up with the idea of the Ugly Sweater Run,” said Atta. “Everyone has an ugly sweater tucked away in the closet somewhere and it was a good chance to put them on, dust them off and get out there and run.”

This year everything was smooth and seemed to work well, but the group will sit down and discuss what they may change for next year. Atta did add that they will promote it earlier, with the hope that they will see more ugly sweaters out.

“We're really happy with the turnout and people out there running today, so for us it’s a huge success.”

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