Record total in River John run

RIVER JOHN — More than 60 walkers and runners participated in the annual fun walk and run last Thursday in conjunction with the 2017 River John Festival Days.

Race director Mike Topley said he was pleased with the total that included some 40 walkers and occasional runners among the 64 people of all ages who registered.

“We have people from Newfoundand and Labrador, B.C. and Ontario who are visiting here,” he said. “There were about 20 who jog regularly. It was a good day.”

Topley is familiar with many of the participants who live or spend summers in the area, but he is unaware of those who happen to be in the vicinity and mark festival events they want to attend on their calendars.

“A lot of them are summer tourists,” he said. “They look at the brochure and block off time for the run.”

The registration total is up from 42 last year and 35 in 2015.

The course used is a loop along side roads inland from River Road and is designed to minimize contact with motor vehicles.

Participants had the option of running or walking the five kilometres and 10-K distances offered on the course across the river from the main village.


Runners bolt from the starting line during the annual River John fun run last Thursday as part of River John Festival Days. (Goodwin photo)