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Moncton Resolution Run draws sizable crowd

More than 300 registered for 5K fun run

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A cheque for $1,300 is presented to the St. Patrick's Family Centre.

Jeshua Jeffrey was the first to cross the finish line.

The Riverview Running Idiots club was well represented.

Melanie Somerville was the first female finisher.

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Jan. 1, 2017

MONCTON, N.B. – They came for a fun run, and that’s what they got.
Hundreds gathered in Moncton, N.B. on New Year’s Day for the annual Resolution Run hosted by The Running Room. Some ran, some walked and some even hobbled on crutches. But all smiled.
“It was a good run, with some nice weather, and some snow to top off New Year’s morning,” said Jeshua Jeffrey, who was the first to cross the finish line. “Altogether, it was great, great, great.”
The 5K course around downtown Moncton was reasonably flat and fast, and good training for the Hypothermic Half Jeffrey plans to run in the same city on Feb. 5.
“There was one little uphill part around the 1.5K mark, but for the most part it was really flat and good altogether.”
Not far behind him was Melanie Somerville, the first female runner to cross the finish line. She said she felt fantastic after the run.
“The weather was cooperative, so it was great,” she said. “It was a good way to kick off the New Year. I wanted my son to do it, but he kind of bailed on me, so next year.”
The temperature hovered around the zero mark during the run, with a light snowfall falling during the early minutes. It was a perfect day, according to race director Kris Acker of the local Running Room, who said she has seen a little bit of everything during her years of putting on the event.
“This year was the first time I got new winter boots, and here it was nice and warm,” said Acker. “It’s hard to say what’s going to happen. One year we did it in a blizzard, so we had 400 register, and 200 show up.”
About 340 registered for this year’s event, although the number who turned up to participate is uncertain. A score clock was running, but no official times were recorded.
Many participants were sporting the colourful jackets given away with the registration, a nice swag offer that Acker said likely appeals to many of the runners.
“Sometimes it’s just the jacket or giveaway, and sometimes it’s the fact that it’s just a great way to start the New Year off,” she said.
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