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Saint John to host You Can Play 5K next year

Yesterday’s Moncton event draws about 50 participants

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Aug. 21, 2017

MONCTON, N.B. – The You Can Play 5K might return to Moncton for a second event next year, but one thing is for certain, it’s definitely going to be happening in Saint John.
The inaugural event in support of the You Can Play Project took place in Moncton on Sunday, Aug. 20.
“It went well,” said Cheryl MacDonald, western co-chair of the You Can Play Project. “We ended up with 50 people on site, the weather was good, and we raised about $800.”

The crowd gathers prior to the start of the You Can Play 5K run held in Moncton, N.B. on Sunday, Aug. 20. Plans are already underway for a similar event to take place in Saint John, N.B. next summer.

Photo courtesy of Cheryl MacDonald

Funds raised will help the non-profit organization, which promotes the inclusion of all athletes in sport regardless of sexual or gender identity, spread education and awareness to make sport safer and more enjoyable for all participants.
Led by the Saint John Sea Dogs, the Port City will host its first You Can Play 5K next summer. The Sea Dogs became the first QMJHL team to officially partner with the project, it was announced earlier this month.
“Saint John is a city where people are welcome and wanted,” said Mayor Don Darling. “We commend our Saint John Sea Dogs on their partnership with You Can Play. It directly reflects the importance we place on providing a safe, open and inclusive community for all of our citizens.”