400 spaces going fast for 2012 Cross Border Challenge

Dave Mathieson
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Runners and walkers will take to the roads June 23, for the fourth annual Cross Border Challenge.

AMHERST – This is the fourth year the Cross Border Challenge has been run between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, and registration is going faster than ever before.

“As of Monday we had 83 people registered, and last year it was only 39 registered at this time, so the interest has increased,” said race organizer Judi Giroux.

There will be changes from last year race.

This year’s race will feature a 10-kilometre walk and run, and will drop the five-kilometre walk and run and the half-marathon that was run in 2011.

The race will be held June 23, one week earlier than last year.

Also, like last year, runners will begin at the Mount Whatley Church near Aulac, New Brunswick, and finish at Amherst Stadium, but, because of bus congestion at the starting line in 2011, this year’s race will be limited to 400 runners.

The cost is $40 for people who register on or before May 20, and $50 for those who register after May 20.

“The race kit for those who register by May 20 includes a technical race shirt, tech socks and a personalized bib,” said race director, Paul Giroux. “We will be using chip timing from Atlantic Chip again this year and we are offering trophies for the top three male and female finishers in each age group.”

There will also be lots of prize draws, a barbecue and a buffet. There are top three prizes for overall finishers, in each age group and for the top male and female in Cumberland County.

Paul hopes the public comes out to cheer the runners on.

“(The publics) presence on the roadside makes a huge difference to the runners,” said Giroux. “It lifts their spirits and motivates them to keep going.”

He encourages people to bring chairs and noisemakers, or to have party along the route.

“No runner wants to stop in front of a crowd of people no matter how much they’re suffering coming up Adelaide Street,” he said.

The gun sounds for the beginning of the race at 9 a.m. Bus transportation from Amherst Stadium is 6:30 to 8 a.m.

Brochures and registration forms are available at the YMCA, at the Scotiabank, and at the Sports Cage at Dayles department store. Registration information and fees can be dropped off at the YMCA or mailed to the address on the form.

Online registration is open until June 21 at 11:55 p.m., at AtlanticChip.ca and at the Running Room. There will be no cash registration on race day.

“We are making these changes to improve the flow of runners to the buses on race morning,” said Paul.

The Cross Border Challenge is organized and operated by the Cumberland Y’s Service Club and has raised $24,000 in the last three years to help support youth programs at the Cumberland YMCA.

Giroux said that more sponsors and volunteers are needed.

“Volunteering takes four hours for training on two evenings prior to the race and four hours on race day, for a total time commitment of about eight hours,” said Giroux.

For more information call Paul Giroux at (902) 661-1103, or email him at pjgiroux@hotmail.com.




Organizations: Cumberland, Mount Whatley Church, Scotiabank Sports Cage

Geographic location: New Brunswick, Amherst Stadium, Nova Scotia Cumberland County Adelaide Street

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