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Move 2 Include draws capacity crowd

Event raises funds, awareness for Inclusion Advocacy

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
March 18, 2017

MONCTON, N.B. – Terry Hawkes set a cap of 100 participants on today’s Move 2 Include event, which actually drew 103.
Hawkes is the fundraising director for Inclusion Advocacy, a family-based organization assisting people with intellectual disabilities and their families in advancing inclusion in their own lives and in their communities. He also served as race director for Move 2 Include, a 10K run and 5K run/walk for the cause.
“It went awesome, and it was a beautiful day,” said Hawkes, who said the temperature was at around 1 for the morning event. “We got a lot of good feedback, and everyone enjoyed the event.”

Participants warm up before heading out on the Move 2 Include run/walk in Moncton, N.B. on Saturday, March 18.

Photo courtesy of Inclusion Advocacy on Facebook

A mix-up saw a few more register than allowed by the cap of 100 participants, but there were also a few who did not show, according to Hawkes, who said about 97 turned out, meaning everyone got a medal.
In fact, he said they plan to carry the momentum of today’s success on through other fundraisers this year, with Move 2 Include as the theme. They are now setting up an online promotion called Bust a Move 2 Include.
“At the event, everyone did a jumping routine to warm up,” said Hawkes. “We filmed it and we’re going to post it on our website, and we’re going to encourage other people to do a similar thing and post it on our site, then make a donation on behalf of someone to our cause.”
Through their partnership with The Running Room, today’s event saw many participants come straight out of the local Running Room’s Learn to Run and 5K clinics. Of the total number, 65 took part in the 5K run/walk, while the rest completed the 10K run.
Although the event was not chip timed, Hawkes said The Running Room had its clock set up and many turned in some impressive times, including one runner who ran the 10K route first as a warm-up, and then ran it a second time during the race, posting a time of about 47 minutes.
“Overall, it was a really good event,” said Hawkes.