SAINT ANDREWS – After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the longest continuous running race in New Brunswick is back.
In the years prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kiwanis Father’s Day Race saw an increase in participation for the Run New Brunswick event due to promotional assistance from the provincial organization.
“We usually get over 200 runners including 50 to 100 kids in the preliminary kids’ races,” race director Mike Power said in an email to The Courier.
Kiwanis, the title sponsor of the race since it began in July 1979, and other local businesses will once again provide support.
Proceeds from the race are invested back into the community in support of local athletes within the Charlotte Track Club. In addition, the race has supported the Shriners Hospital Fund through raffle and runner entry fees for the past six years.
The event will feature a children’s race called “Small Strides/Healthy Lives,” supported by the New Brunswick Medical Society donating medals and Kiwanis/Scotiabank donating T-shirts.
The race takes place at Sir James Dunn Academy. Registration is free for children ages 1-14 and $25 for the adult 5 Mile race. The 400 metre and 800 metre children’s races begin at 9:30 a.m., and the adult 5 Mile at 10 a.m.
Pre-registered adults and the first 150 adults to cross the finish line will receive T-shirts. The top three contestants in each 10-year age category from 19 and under to 80-89 will also receive prizes following the race in the Sir James Dunn Academy gym.
Power encourages everyone to pre-register for the event.
“It avoids lines and makes for less wait time,” he said.
To register, visit the event page on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/StAndrewsFathersDayRace/) or visit https://events.runnb.ca/event/42nd-edition-st-andrews-fathers-day-5-miler/475893/.