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Women still loving Miss Miles

Sellout crowd registered for annual Mother’s Day run

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
May 12, 2017

NEW GLASGOW, N.S. – For three years the Miss Miles run has been offered in New Glasgow, and every year it has been well received.
This year is no exception, as a capacity crowd of 750 women has registered for the 5K Mother’s Day Classic on Sunday, May 14, and race director Terry Curley is happy to keep it at that number.
“In reality, we could probably accommodate 1,000 if we wanted to open it up more,” said Curley, who is also race director for next month’s Johnny Miles Running Event weekend.

Girls and women of all ages take part in the Miss Miles 5K Mother’s Day Classic in new Glasgow every year. This year’s sold out event will take place on Sunday, May 14.

“I think a good-sized percentage of the population just wants to go out and run, without being timed, without being competitive,” he said. “They don’t want to have to worry about where they place, or having their results show up online.”
The women’s only run, which follows a downtown New Glasgow route similar to the 5K in the Johnny Miles run, often sees families and groups taking part. Sometimes grandmothers, mothers, daughters and granddaughters can be seen running together.
It has also traditionally been fortunate with the weather conditions, and the forecast is looking good again for this year.
“We’re looking forward to it,” said Curley. It’s another one of those runs that’s just a feel good run. Our only rule is to have fun.”
“We’re volunteers as race directors and busy with the races we have, and try to focus on quality over quantity. I’d rather have 750 people who have a great experience than 1,000 or 1,500, where we just kind of struggle to pull it off.”
The fourth annual Miss Miles will be similar to the previous three, offering candy, champagne, flowers, photo ops, hugs, massages and more, all for a race fee of just $30.
One thing it does not offer, however, is a competitive atmosphere. Miss Miles is a non-timed event, and Curley believes that is the reason for much of its appeal.