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Moncton Hypo Half nearing sellout

Nationwide registration for series reaches 85 per cent

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Jan. 18, 2017

MONCTON, N.B. – Winter running continues to be popular in this city, as registration for the upcoming Hypothermic Half Marathon nears the full mark.
As of Wednesday morning, only about 15 spots remained available for the Feb. 5 event, according to John Acheson, events manager for the Running Room. A maximum of 275 is set for the event, which now has 260 registered, 176 of those for the half marathon.
“Right now the only question is it might actually sell out nationally,” said Acheson. “Right now we’re 85 per cent sold out (for Hypo Half events across Canada), so that’s great news. The Moncton one is doing very well.”

Participants in last year's Hypothermic Half race in Moncton, N.B.

Photo courtesy of Atlantic Running Room Events, Facebook

Why does a smaller city like Moncton produce such high turnouts for runs? Sometimes being small has its benefits, according to Acheson.
“Moncton is a fairly close-knit city in terms of its running community, and very supportive in that was as a result,” he explained. “Because it’s a smaller city, a lot of people will have the tendency to know each other a little bit better.”
Numbers nationwide have also picked up this year thanks in part to the addition of 10K and 5K distances to the event for the first time. Of those registered so far in Moncton, 176 have signed up for the half marathon, while the rest have opted for the shorter races.
“It’s a popular event, but more so this year with the 5 and the 10, which has kind of taken off in its own right,” said Acheson. “It’s certainly helped with the sellout a bit nationally. It gives people another option besides just doing the half.”
The Moncton course has some rolling hills but is mostly flat, on a wide, open road in the city’s industrial park.
This year’s event will also be chip timed.
All races start at 8:30 a.m. except for the half marathon run, which begins at 9 a.m. Check here for more information.