MacEachern charts marathon milestone


NEW GLASGOW — Bill MacEachern is feeling better.

He’s feeling so good that he wants to run enough marathons this year to position himself to make the 2020 Johnny Miles Marathon his 100th marathon.

“I hope to run the 2019 Johnny Miles Marathon,” he said. “That will be my 95th marathon.”

MacEachern has cased what other marathons he may run that include one in Yarmouth on May 5.

A 100th marathon represents one of several milestones for MacEachern. He completed yet another Resolution Run on New Year’s Eve and recorded his 20th polar swim on New Year’s Day at Melmerby Beach.

MacEachern was among about 300 people who ran and walked the Resolution course that started and ended at Glasgow Square with a course that included part of New Glasgow’s West Side. He is generally joined by Jim Lays and both brave all but the most severe weather conditions to run the course shirtless.

The Resolution Run also completed the calendar year of events for the Johnny Miles Running Event committee led by race director Terry Curley.

Pictou County Cycle took registrations for the run that were capped at 300 participants. Some of Pictou County staff also took part in the run.

Johnny Miles running events this year include the Miss Miles women’s fun run and walk on Mother’s Day, May 12, the Johnny Miles Running Event Weekend on June 15 and 16, the Run for the Lobster 5-K and 10-K races on July 7 in conjunction with the annual Pictou Lobster Carnival, the Melmerby Triathlon on July 21 and the annual Turkey Trot fun run and walk on Thanksgiving Day, October 14.

From left: Jim Lays joins Bill MacEachern at the finish line after completing the 2018 New Year’s Eve Resolution Run. MacEachern hopes to complete his 100th marathon in 2020. (Goodwin photo)