NEW GLASGOW – Anticipation is building for the 2016 Johnny Miles Running Event Weekend.
The program includes the full marathon that will start at 8 a.m., while the 5-K, 10-K and half marathon races will start at 9 a.m.
Race director Terry Curley says 10-time Johnny Miles Marathon champion Dave MacLennan has entered the race. His one known nemesis so far is Brian Hipson of Yarmouth, who won the Blue Nose Marathon in 2:46:39. MacLennan had a fifth-place finish in 2:52:01 behind Hipson.
“Close to 100 are entered in the full marathon,” Curley said. “Dave is one.”
Other contenders – Scott Clark and Ray Moore – are injured and will not be contesting the marathon.
Organizers can accommodated up to 2,000 entrants in the four distances.
“We’re at about 1,800 so we’re 90 per cent sold out,” Curley said. “We don’t get caught up with numbers – 1,800 people active, that’s our goal. We’re happy with the registration.”
What Curley really appreciates is that no logistical changes are being imposed on the races.
“Nothing in the format has changed,” he said. “We finally have a template we’re happy with – the same routes.”
Awards on Thursday will precede the Running Event Weekend.
The Johnny Miles Running Event Special Recognition Awards Night will start at 7 p.m. on Thursday at Glasgow Square and is open to the general public.
The event will include inductions into the Glenn “Big Dog” Chennell Runners Hall of Fame, as well as presentations of the annual recognition awards: the Verna Van Bommel Community Volunteer Award, The Danny MacLeod Inspirational Awards and the Johnny Miles Williston Character Award.
The event is free of charge.
The program will continue on Friday with race kit pick up from 6 to 9 p.m. at Glasgow Square.
Saturday’s program is filled through the day, starting with registration at 8:30 a.m. for the annual Johnny Walk that starts at Glasgow Square at 9 a.m.
The kids run on Provost Street will start with registration at 9 a.m. and races from 10 a.m. to noon.
Race kits can also be picked up from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Glasgow Square, while the carbo-loading meals will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
There will also be a get active exposition at Glasgow Square starting at 11 a.m.
Kits can also be picked up starting at 7 a.m. and ending at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday.
Continental breakfast will be served from 7:30 to 9 a.m.