PICTOU – More than 100 runners began the 10th annual Marathon of Respect and Equality (MORE) on Wednesday morning in Pictou.
They ran to and from the visitor information centre parking lot and in between were greeted by hundreds of school students and staff from Pictou Academy and McCulloch Education Centre and others during a stop at Market Square.
Honorary chairman Henderson Paris and MORE committee member Peter White addressed the gathering.
It’s the 30th anniversary of the first Run Against Racism Paris organized in 1989.
“Thirty years ago, I had an idea that I had to do something to make Pictou County a better place to live,” Paris said. “There are still issues . . . we still can be better than we were yesterday.”
Paris also called on young people to carry on the cause he started.
“I’m counting on you,” he said. “You must stand up and speak out against indifferences.”
White announced that the 10th MORE run is the last he and his fellow committee members will lead and expressed the hope that others will pick up the torch his group is passing on while praising Paris’s work over the years.
“He made a statement that it is important to be kind and respectful of each other,” White said. “It took courage for Henderson to stand up.”
The runners continued from Pictou to the other four towns and Pictou Landing First Nation before the scheduled 3 p.m. end of the route at North Nova Education Centre in New Glasgow.
Runners resume the 10th annual Marathon of Respect and Equality (MORE) on Wednesday morning after a stop at Market Square in Pictou. (Goodwin photo)