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Cross Border Challenge committee members are getting the final details in place before runners line up on the start line this weekend. Committee members include Glenn MacDonald (left), Nancy Trenholm, Race Director Terry MacDonald, Ralph LeBlanc and Kent Leslie.
AMHERST – You’re eyes aren’t playing tricks on you if you see runners running under the windmills on the Tantramar Marsh on Saturday.
“The Cross Border Challenge Half Marathon will be run under the windmills,” said race director Terry MacDonald. “They’ll run up Lawrence Road, and then out into the windmill field, and then they’ll come back onto the 10K course.”
You’re eyes will also not be playing trick on you if you don’t see Paul Giroux at the Cross Border Challenge.
Giroux, along with his wife Judi founded the Cross Border Challenge, and Paul was the race director since the first Cross Border Challenge five years ago.
“He’s in Alberta looking for work,” said Judi, who is also a member of the race committee.
Paul is in Fort McMurray.
“Both our daughters are there, so he’s staying with one of them.”
The Cross Border Challenge is a Y’s Men fundraiser and has been co-ordinated by the race committee for the last five years.
“Paul left the race in the good hands of the committee and he is still in touch through e-mail to help out any time we need it,” said Judi.
MacDonald says it’s been a smooth transition.
“I took on the responsibility along with Kent Leslie and the entire race committee, which is about 10 people,” said MacDonald. “Things are moving along really fast, but Paul is still guiding us online, and posting us on what’s works and what doesn’t.”
There are presently 372 runners and walkers registered for the three runs and MacDonald expects another 40 or 50 on race day.
Close to 185 volunteers will help the race run smooth on Saturday, and about 120 volunteers will help during Friday’s 5K run.
On top of those two events is the Dickey Park Fun Run for Kids on Sunday.
It’s a busy weekend,’ said MacDonald. “The volunteers are great and we couldn’t do it without them.”
Cross Border times will be monitored by Atlantic Chip, and is a part of the Cross Border Point Series.