Volunteers still needed for inaugural Cross Border Challenge

Darrell Cole
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AMHERST - In a little more than a week, Amherst is going to be focal point for runners taking parting the first Cross Border Challenge race.
While registration numbers are strong, organizers are hoping more volunteers will come on board to make the event, a highlight of the new Four Fathers Festival, a huge success.
"We need more volunteers. When we started planning the race we were hoping for at least 60 on the low end, but with more registrations coming in we're going to need a lot more," race director Paul Giroux said.
"We're going to need people for registration, we'll need traffic control people, people to man the water stops and for the post-race barbecue."
Volunteers will receive a race T-shirt and be included in the post-race events. There will also be a number of prizes drawn for.
Grioux said people can volunteer by going to the race's website at www.ymcaofcumberland.com/ 10-kilometre race or they can come to a training session planned for Monday at 8 p.m., at the YMCA.
"One of the things I'm most concerned with is having a large number of runners show up on race day and not having enough volunteers," Giroux said. "This race will help showcase the festival and our town and we're hoping it will continue to grow each year. To do that, we need more volunteers."
In preparation for the race, the town is announcing various street closures on race day July 4 from 8-11 a.m. Streets impacted include Eddy Street to Brownell, Brownell to North Adelaide, North and South Adelaide to Havelock, Havelock to Clifford, Clifford to Church and Church from Spring to Albion.
Giroux said there are about 120 runners registered, including a large number of local runners as well as a solid contingent from other parts of the province.
Giroux is expecting a number of registrations to come from southeastern New Brunswick in the days leading up to the race and he has also seen some registrations come from as far as Ontario, Calgary and Kamloops, B.C.
On race day, after registering at the Cumberland YMCA, runners will be taken by bus to the start line at St. Mark's Anglican Church on the Mount Whatley Looop Road in New Brunswick for the start of the race at 8:30 a.m.
After crossing the marsh and the provincial border, runners will make their way into Amherst via the Eddy Road and follow a course downtown that ends at the YMCA.
The race is part of the Run Nova Scotia and Run New Brunswick circuits.


Organizations: YMCA, Anglican Church

Geographic location: AMHERST, Adelaide, New Brunswick Ontario Calgary Kamloops Mount Whatley Looop Road Eddy Road

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  • Justin
    January 18, 2010 - 11:22

    Did the town pay for the upgrades done to Eddy St crossing the marsh?

  • tonyfromamherst
    January 18, 2010 - 10:56

    Regardless of where the money came from this is an event that will actually bring people from outside of Amherst into the town... This is what people were asking about during the town election debates... Questioning how the road got fixed up seems in poor taste. People who have a good experience may come back and spend more time (and money) in the area in the future!!!

    I hope people can take a little time out of their weekend to help out. I would but I'm running this year!! and I'm sure this town can put on a first class event!

  • Paul
    January 18, 2010 - 10:47

    The improvements to Eddy Road were done by the NS Dept of Transportation, out of their budget, and were planned to be done by the Dept before I made the request.

  • Justin
    January 18, 2010 - 10:39

    I thank you for the answer.Timing was perfect.