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Johnny Miles sticking to its winning formula

No surprises as event readies for 43rd year

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
June 16, 2017

NEW GLASGOW, N.S. – Like Johnny Miles himself, organizers of this year’s Johnny Miles Running Event Weekend are not messing around with a winning formula.
Held in honour of Nova Scotia’s last Boston Marathon champion, and the only one to do it twice, the busy weekend of activities will unfold in New Glasgow over Saturday and Sunday, June 17-18.
“Preparations are coming pretty good,” said race director Terry Curley, on Tuesday. “There’s pretty much a template we follow, and it’s just a matter of putting all the pieces together and making sure it all comes together by 7 a.m. Sunday.”

The annual Johnny Miles Running Event Weekend will take place this weekend in New Glasgow, N.S. Shown here are participants gathering at the starting line for last year’s event.

Photo courtesy of the Facebook event page

That is when the full marathon gets underway, followed two hours later by the half marathon, 10K and 5K races. Saturday will kick off with the Johnny Walk at 8:30 a.m., followed by the kids’ run at 10 a.m.
Unlike other years, the 7 a.m. start is mandatory for all marathoners, and not just an option. Other than that, expect no surprises.
“We’re pretty much status quo this year,” said Curley. “We haven’t changed anything, and the format is identical to other years.”
That format has brought runners to Pictou County year after year for more than four decades, including the almost 1,500 participants who took part in last year’s event.
Although this year will likely not see quite as many, Curley was staying positive.
“We’re seeing a bit of a decrease in numbers, simply because two other events are happening on the same weekend that didn’t happen last year,” he said, referring to the Michelin 5K in Bridgewater and the IWK Fun Run as part of BridgeFest in Borden-Carleton, P.E.I. “So numbers are a bit soft, but we expected that and planned accordingly. It will still be a good crowd.”
The weather forecast looks wet for Saturday, but better for Sunday, with just a few showers expected, and a high of 24 degrees.
The course will be open for six hours, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. The organizers and crew will remain on site as long as anyone is on the course, but will have to start opening roads at 1 p.m.
For more on Johnny Miles Running Event Weekend, visit here .