Ugly sweater event big draw

Close to 200 participants walked and ran into the holiday spirit at the fifth annual YMCA Ugly Sweater Run.

The event took place on December 16 in and around the Y and the Pictou County Wellness Centre.

“The run is a family event to encourage people to get outside, to get moving, and to spend time together being active,” said Heidi Sinclair, communication, community outreach and philanthropy manager for the YMCA of Pictou County. “It is a fun way to kick-off the holidays and what better way to spend a Saturday morning then at a community event with your friends, family, kids and dogs.”

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The event had new additions that included a White Hot Chocolate stop, a mistletoe station, a candy cane station and carollers. These stations were along the route that took runners and walkers through the new trail leading to the track and field complex and back.

Awards given out were: Best Sweater – Natasha Auld, Best Pet Attire – The Kearleys’ Puppy, Best Family Outfits – The Malenfant Family and Best Large Group Cheer – The Pictou Learn to Run Group.

“Every year my daughter and I decorate our sweaters,” said Raylene Livingstone. “My family comes out to watch the run. It is important to me model an active lifestyle for my children and taking part in this run is one way that we do that.”


These four joggers were among the nearly 200 people who took part in the fifth annual YMCA Ugly Sweater walk and run on December 16. (Bob MacEachern photo)

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Steve Goodwin
Steve Goodwin was born in Amherst, N.S. and has been a journalist for more than 40 years. He has been a resident of Pictou County for nearly 40 years.