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Event returns to Dieppe Rotary Park Sept. 16

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Sept. 14, 2017

DIEPPE, N.B. – When the Crossroads Relay changed its location to the Dieppe Rotary Park last year, it found its home.
“The trails, the way they are organized, are exactly the right distance,” explained Marc Landry, chair of the event’s planning committee. “We have the kids’ fun run at 9 a.m., and there is a 750m trail exactly for that. We have a 2K loop that also works perfectly, for logistics and setting up the gantry, etc. It makes a great spot.”
Needless to say, the event will return to the park this year, its sixth, on Saturday, Sept. 16.

The sixth annual Crossroads Relay will take place in Dieppe, N.B. on Saturday, Sept. 16. Shown here is the start of last year’s event.

Photo courtesy of Marc Landry

The community has continued to support the event, as businesses have stepped up as faithful sponsors, and participants have returned year after year. Last year saw 250 people take part, and Landry is hoping to see that number matched or exceeded this year.
A new feature at this year’s event will be live musical entertainment, as Angry Candy vocalist Izabelle Ouellet will be on hand to perform.
Teams of five can take part in the 10K relay, or individual participants can run or walk a 2K loop. All funds go to the general operations of the shelter.
“People have the option to run it, with chip timing, and win the trophy for being the fastest team, or they can walk it or do it whatever way they want,” he said. “It’s really an event for all.”
In its six-year history, it has raised more than $325,000.
For more on the Crossroads Relay, visit here .
It is the biggest fundraiser of the year for Crossroads For Women, the women’s shelter for the Greater Moncton area. It was started by the Savoie family from Acadian Construction in an effort to help the organization purchase and move into a new, larger shelter.
A campaign was put together to raise $250,000, a goal that was surpassed in the event’s fourth year. A new 14-room facility doubled the shelter’s previous capacity, which was not able to accommodate many people.
The decision was made to continue with the fundraiser.
“We had the recipe, and now we had a bigger shelter with additional operating costs,” explained Landry. “We said, let’s carry on, because people really appreciated this event.”