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Across Town for Crosswinds expecting close to 300

Sussex event has already surpassed last year’s registration

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
May 26, 2017

SUSSEX, N.B. – In only its third year, Across Town for Crosswinds has quickly established itself as a premier running event in New Brunswick, with this year’s participation numbers expected to reach as high as 300.
“We have already surpassed last year’s registration of 238 participants and are anticipating close to 300 runners/walkers by Sunday morning,” said Stacy Geldart, race director of the event along with Jennie Powell. “Registration is open until 8 a.m. on race day, Sunday, May 28.”

The third annual Across Town for Crosswinds event will take place in Sussex, N.B. on Sunday, May 28.

Photo courtesy of Stacy Geldart

The Sussex event is a fundraiser for the Crosswinds Occupational Activity Center, a non-profit organization providing services to individuals in the area with disabilities.
The running event came from the centre’s mandate to help develop community connections for its clientele, improve their life skills, and help provide better access to education and employment opportunities.
Geldart and Powell, who work as vocational facilitators at Crosswinds, rely heavily on the support of fellow staff members and volunteers to help make the event a success, as well as local businesses for sponsorship. Proceeds from this year’s event will go towards the planned expansion of the facility.
“As a non-profit, fundraising is very important and we are always looking for new ideas to raise funds,” said Geldart. “We felt a road race event would not only spread awareness for Crosswinds and the services we provide, but also attract runners from across New Brunswick and beyond.”

And runners have taken notice of the event, which offers a half
marathon, a 10K and a 5K, as well as fun runs for children. Sights along the routes include the murals, covered bridges and historic train station of the Sussex area.The 5K course is a flat tour along the main streets of Sussex, while the 10K is also relatively flat, with a couple of hills and loops around Sussex Corner and Sussex. The 10K race is a featured event in Run New Brunswick’s Trackie Super Series this year.
Meanwhile, the half marathon leads runners through downtown Sussex, Roachville and Sussex Corner.
“The route is a bit hilly through Roachville, but the scenic views make it well worth the effort,” said Geldart.
An added feature to this year’s Across Town for Crosswinds is its inclusion in the Southern NB Running Challenge, a partnership with the St. Andrews Father’s Day 5 Miler and Saint John’s Marathon By the Sea, in which participants will receive a unique medal after completing all three of the events.
For more information on Across Town for Crosswinds, visit here .