NEW GLASGOW – Carol Curley has been the Race Director of the Miss Miles five-kilometre fun run for its entire seven years.
But this year was special as it was in memory of her mother, Edna Boucher, who passed away last November.
Boucher was always a big supporter of all Johnny Miles running events as well as a runner and would lend her support at any event she could.
The flowers donated by Fuel Time Incorporated, owned by Curley’s sister Charlene and her husband Darcy O’Neil were donated to all runners. A picture of Edna Boucher was on display at the front of the table of flowers.
The weather was dreary but Glasgow Square was filled with vibrant colours, smiles and warming hugs as returnees wished each other luck and commented on the bravery of bare legs as some ran in shorts.
Runners from as young as two and up to 80 gathered to do their best and get some exercise. While most runners were local, they included some as far away as France – the farthest away of participants in the seven years of Miss Miles.
“It is my pleasure to welcome you on behalf of the Town of New Glasgow,” said Mayor Nancy Dicks as she thanked the Johnny Miles event team for making the community active.
Johnny Miles running event director Terry Curley referred to the participants from New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, France and all the 189 people from away before counting down the start of the race.
“We have 262 people here today that are doing their very first Miss Miles,” he said. “We are a welcoming community; we like to have everyone here.”
“It’s always nice to see the new faces and the diversity that we get of the young and old and a nice mix of people,” Carol Curley added. “It’s a feel good, fun event while we battle with cool temperatures this morning but it just gets people jumping around and moving. I don’t think it dampens anybody’s spirits at all.”
Runners and walkers pass the starting line for the Miss Miles fun run and walk at Glasgow Square. (Butland photo)