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Fredericton runners ring in 2017 with 5K fun run

About 180 registered for annual event

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Jan. 2, 2017

FREDERICTON – Like the rest of New Brunswick on New Year’s Day, Fredericton was not without some snowfall. But for more than 100 runners who turned out for the annual Resolution Run, it did not seem to matter.
The event went well, according to local Running Room manager Nicholas Larade.
“It went as well as can be expected, considering we probably had six inches of snow overnight,” said Larade. “It probably affected our numbers a little, but we still had probably around 150.”

Some of the participants in Fredericton's annual Resolution Run gather at the finish line.

Photos courtesy of Twitter @RunningRoomFton

There were 180 participants registered for the event, but there are always some who just sign up to get the free jacket, and do not actually show up for the run, he explained.
The event got off on time at 10 a.m. on Jan. 1, thanks to help from a nearby snowplow operator, as the starting area was still covered with snow prior to the start.
“There was already a plow there, but they were doing the opposite end from us,” he said. “We went down and asked if he would do this end first, where we were starting and where the runners would be.”

Participants line up for the annual Resolution Run in Fredericton on Jan. 1.

Crossing the finish line

The day was sunny and warming up during the run, which was somewhat more slippery than usual, but the event went off without incident.
The Resolution Runs are generally a quiet and easy way for runners to start off the year, which adds to their appeal, according to Larade.
“Part of it with Resolution Runs is the jacket, because you get a different jacket every year for registering,” he said. “But another big part is that it’s just kicking off the year right, and seeing a lot of friends and family out running as well.”
More photos from the event are available on the Fredericton Running Room Twitter page here .

Race volunteers gather for a post-run photo.

Crossing the finish line