NEW GLASGOW - The Johnny Miles Stay Active Series announced its 2014 line up yesterday. The series, which is designed to help keep people active and motivated throughout the year, will see the addition of a new event on Mother’s Day.
The series will kick off on New Year’s Eve with the Johnny Miles New Year’s Eve Resolution Run on Tuesday, Dec. 31 at 6 p.m. The run will start and finish at the newly renovated Westside Community Centre in New Glasgow.
“This event is intended to support and celebrate the many healthy resolutions that people set for the upcoming year,” said race director Terry Curley. Curley added that the New Year’s Eve run is a popular family event where parents and children run or walk together in a non-competitive environment.
Participants will be receive a Johnny Miles running toque, personalized bib numbers, hot and cold lunch and glow jewelry to wear during run. The evening will be capped off with a small fireworks display. Registration for this event is free and participants must pre-register at www.atlanticchip.ca
Next up is the new “Miss Miles Mother’s Day 5km Classic” on Sunday, May 11, 2014.
This is a non-competitive, all-female event to celebrate the strength of women in running and to celebrate the bond between mothers and daughters. Participants can run with their mothers, for their mothers or as a tribute to their mothers. The event will start and finish at Glasgow Square Theatre in New Glasgow.
“We are excited to be running on Mother's Day again,” said Curley. “For the first 25 years the Johnny Miles Marathon was always held on Mother’s Day and this is a great way to bring back that tradition and an unique way to celebrate this special day for all women."
Details for the event will be released at the New Year’s Eve run and posted on the JMM Website shortly after that.
June will see the signature event, the Johnny Miles Running Event Weekend, held for the 39th year. The event is held on Father’s Day Weekend, June 14 and 15. This year’s event is expected to be bigger than ever, following the trend of the last two years with complete sellouts. The other good news for this event is for the first time in many years there will be no detours, construction, hazards on course changes on the route. The weekend format will be the same as 2013 and will once again be hosted in Downtown New Glasgow.
July will be a busy month for the committee with two events taking place.
The Shiretown Dental Clinic Run for the Lobster will take place on July 7, starting and finishing at the Advocate Printing parking lot at Brown's Point. Last year’s event was well attended with more than 400 participants and this year should be just as popular.
The series wraps in late July with the return of the Melmerby Triathlon on July 26 and 27.
“The event was postponed last year due to road permit issues but we are confident that we can overcome those issues in 2014,” said Patsy Langille, race director for the event. “We are look forward to resuming the event using the same course and format as prior years."
Although July is the official end of the Johnny Miles Series the committee will continue to support local fall running events such as the Run for Juvenile Diabetes and the Jitney Trail Run in November.
For details on all these events and to register please visit www.johnnymiles.ca