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Move 2 Include set for March 18 in Moncton

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Feb. 20, 2017

MONCTON, N.B. – Those running in next month’s Move 2 Include in Moncton will be doing so in support of a community cause.
The annual Move 2 Include event has been held as a fundraiser for Inclusion Advocacy South Eastern New Brunswick (formerly the Greater Moncton Association for Community Living) for the past 10 years, and this year will take place on Saturday, March 18.
“This is one of three fundraisers our association does, and we pretty much rely entirely on community fundraising to run the organization,” explained Terry Hawkes, race director of Move 2 Include, and fundraising chair for Inclusion Advocacy.

Participants in last year's Move 2 Include run in Moncton, N.B.

Photo courtesy of Inclusion Advocacy on Facebook

The family-based organization assists people with intellectual disabilities and their families in advancing inclusion in their own lives and in their communities. This can include advocating for them in the school system, or helping them navigate their way through social services or other areas of need.
The idea for the event came from Hawkes, who was running with The Running Room at the time, and got them on board as a major sponsor. At the time it was Moncton’s only running event in the month of March, and it stills is, more than one month after the city’s Hypothermic Half race.
The assistance from The Running Room has been a big factor in the event’s success, according to Hawkes.
“They typically run two clinics right after Christmas that feed into our event,” he said. “So we usually get anywhere from 20-50 people coming out of the clinics. Then we get other runners, maybe people who have been running on a treadmill all winter, and this is their first opportunity to get out.”
Organizers have been fortunate in the past several years with the
weather, managing to avoid snowstorms that have arrived a day or two
later, and are hoping for the same this year. A nice day often results
in 10-20 walk-on registrations, according to Hawkes.
This year’s event will be capped at 100 participants, with each receiving a finisher’s medal, the first time one has been offered at Move 2 Include.
The event will include both a 10K run and a 5K run/walk, and will take place in the north end of the city, around the subdivisions of Rural Estates and Wintergreen Estates.
“We offer a bit of a different running experience for people who have never ran this end of the city,” said Hawkes. “Many of the clinics don't run in the north end because we are so far from the Running Room.  It's a great change for them"
The course also happens to be a fast one, with plenty of flat and downhill sections making it a great PB candidate. There have been years where runners have completed the 10K in under 35 minutes.
“It’s pretty much dead flat, and a number of people who run it every year really like it because they often run their PB 5K or 10K on it,” said Hawkes. “There are a couple spots where, if you’re a fast runner, you can really make up some speed.”
For more information on Move 2 Include, visit the website here .