Amherst Valentine's Run

Jamie Heap
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Cumberland County's lone winter run heralded a success

Over 110 people (and at least one dog) took part in the 5/10 K portions of the Amherst Valentine's Run Saturday morning. Another 22 registered raced in the 20 K event. At the conclusion of their respective runs, participants enjoyed hot soup, sandwiches and other refreshments at the Immanuel United church. Also, finishers received a medal, a long sleeve shirt Valentine tech shirt and Atlantic Chip Timing. Opportunities for photos by the event banner were also provided.

AMHERST-Well over 100 runners took the streets Saturday for the first annual Amherst Valentine's Run in support of the new West Highlands Elementary school gym enhancement project as well as walking, running and biking trails in Amherst.

“I’m excited about it,” stated co-run organizer and sponsor Rachna Minocha. “It’s unbelievable that in the middle of winter that so many people would be running in Amherst. It is a great day for it as there was no storm. Mother Nature held off. Hopefully people will have a good experience and next year we will have 300.”

There were 132 pre-registered runners for the first annual Amherst Valentine’s Run: 22 in the 20 km run and another 110 in either the 5 or 10 km categories. When walk-up registrants are factored in, that number approached 150 people.

“Striders have made an individual sport into a team sport,” said co-run organizer, sponsor and runner Rick McKenney of Minocha-McKenney Dental. “Thanks to (race director) Ken Mackenzie , Peter Nixon and Al Theal for organizing the race.”

In addition to the aforementioned individuals, between 30 and 40 volunteers helped out on run day while volunteers with the Immanuel United Church served up homemade turkey soup, sandwiches and other refreshments after the race.

“I think it’s great,” said West Highlands principal Kevin Mapplebeck. “We were thrilled when they approached us. It’s a natural route for them. We hope that when they do their registration next year they will do it here again in the new school.”

For complete race results in the 5, 10 or 20 km run categories, visit


Organizations: West Highlands Elementary school

Geographic location: AMHERST

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