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Making footsteps in Minto

Colour run becomes bubble run for fifth year

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
June 1, 2017

MINTO, N.B. – Runners and walkers of all ages will gather here on Saturday for the fifth annual Minto Footsteps Challenge.
The 5K run/walk and 1K kid’ fun run will take place at Queens North Community Health Centre, according to Katie Morell, who started the event with two friends.
“I am a runner, so, along with my co-worker at the time, Jessica McIntyre (who is also a runner) and a community member, Betty McNamara, who had just recently completed her first 5K walking event, we decided we would like to host a 5K run/walk in our area,” explained Morell.

Participants gather after last year’s Minto Footsteps Challenge, which was a colour fun run. This year’s event will be a “bubble run” and will take place on Saturday, June 3.

Photo courtesy of Katie Morell

She started a local learn-to-run group, and the inaugural 5K Minto Footsteps Challenge served as the goal race for the conclusion of the eight-week training program.
The event grew from there, with the kids’ event being added the following year.
“After we hosted our first 5K event with what we felt was great success, we decided to host a kids’ run to go along with it,” she said.
The kids’ event has grown even faster the main 5K, which draws between 30-40 participants. For its first two years, about 50 children took part in the event, which makes four loops around the health centre’s parking lot. Last year, that number jumped to 118.
“Our goal for our kids’ run was about 75-100 kids, as last year all the Grade 2 (about 40 children) were sponsored by the Capital Region Physician Society as part of the ‘Move Your Feet’ program,” said Morell, who added that 112 youngsters have registered so far for this year’s event.
The 5K route is an out-and-back route to the community’s industrial park.
Whereas last year’s event was a colour run, this year’s will feature plenty of bubbles, according to Morell.
For more on the Minto Footsteps Challenge, visit here .