Pictou Advocate sports

Huge crowd for Miss Miles run


NEW GLASGOW – Another sold-out Miss Miles fun run is a gratifying thing for its organizers.

Race director Carol Curley said she was pleased with the turnout and with how the event has become a fixture for many of the participants over its five years.

“It was great,” Curley said. “”When we started Miss Miles, it was really just a test year five years ago. The first year we didn’t sell out, but the second year we did and we’ve sold out every year since, so the continued support is amazing, not only from the participants but from the community at large. We have lots of volunteers. We have lots of town support, so it’s amazing. We’re really happy with that.”

The Miss Miles is a strictly female running event with a five-kilometre distance for all ages.

“I think it’s the event itself,” Curley said. “It’s the joy; it’s the fun that the event creates on Mother’s Day. It’s a great way for ladies to come out and celebrate being a woman, being a mother, being a daughter, or just friendship amongst women. I think it’s just the fun atmosphere. I think it’s very welcoming. We have a lot of new runners. We did a little bit of a shout-out at the start. We had a show of hands of those who were doing this for the first time and those who were doing an organized run for the first time and we had lots of hands come up and that’s exactly what we want to see. We want it to be welcoming and fun and to get more people participating.”

The Miss Miles is the first event of the calendar year in the series of Johnny Miles running events.

The Johnny Miles Running Event Weekend is scheduled for June 16 and 17 and like the Miss Miles starts and finishes in downtown New Glasgow.

The annual Run for the Lobster 10-K and 5-K road races are scheduled for July 8 in Pictou.

The Melmerby Triathlon is later in July, with kids’ events on July 2 and the adult and Olympic-style triathlon on July 22 at Melmerby Beach.