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Fall race promotes winter fitness

Nackawic hosts Run the River on Nov. 4

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Oct. 31, 2017

NACKAWIC, N.B. – Anna and Greg MacFarlane were already involved with their local cross-country ski club when they started the Run the River event here, and they soon found the two could go hand in hand.
The Nackawic Bend Ski Club had already formed a relationship with their local school, supporting it with cross-country ski equipment in an effort to get local kids involved with the sport.
“Run the River became a perfect fit as a fundraiser, engaging runners and walkers of all ages and abilities to join in a race event while raising funds toward the improved wellness of our youth community,” said Anna.

The sixth annual Run the River event will take place in Nackawic, N.B. on Saturday, Nov. 4. Shown here are participants during last year’s event.

Photo courtesy of Run the River on Facebook

“The Skis in Schools initiative was born and, since 2012, Run the River has raised over $10,000 towards our cause, funds going right back into the community.”
The sixth annual Run the River event will take place on Saturday, Nov. 4, offering 10K and 5K races, as well as a 3K and a 1K kids’ fun run.
The event started with a simple goal – to promote fitness.
“A group of us and our friends felt inspired by other road races around the province, and wanted to encourage members of our own community to get active,” she said. “We knew that our hometown of Nackawic would make a great venue for a race, with its location by the Saint John River.”
The event is organized by a committee of three – the MacFarlanes, owner’s of race sponsor Ryan’s Pharmacy, and Randy Wilson, recreation coordinator and town manager of Nackawic – but happens thanks to a community-wide effort. Many devoted volunteers offer their time, while the Town of Nackawic, the local fire department, the RCMP and many community partners and sponsors pitch in.
While the specific goal is to encourage young people to stay active in the winter by supporting local schools with equipment, the run is about more than that, according to Anna.
“In general terms, our mission is to promote an active lifestyle, and to inspire others to exercise during all four seasons to stay healthy,” she said. “Another goal is to make our race affordable for everyone, and we are proud of how we have kept the fees relatively low.”
Organizers are hoping for similar or higher numbers at this year’s run, having drawn around 400 participants during the past two years.
“So far, registrations are looking great,” she said. “We see walkers and runners from the entire Maritime region take part – N.B., N.S., P.E.I.; from participants just starting out with their exercise, to lifelong and/or elite runners looking for a PB or a top three race result.”
The 5K and 10K races start within town before heading out and back along the Saint John River, featuring a mix of scenery, all on paved roads, with a few rolling hills on the 10K route. The 3K and 1K kids’ run are both on a flat section of the same route.
For more on Run the River, visit the Facebook page here .