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Fall colours in Perth-Andover

The Dam Run set for Saturday, Oct. 7

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Oct. 2, 2017

PERTH-ANDOVER, N.B. – Seeing the fall colours in New Brunswick’s Victoria County is appealing enough in itself, but to see them while running along the St. John River is another experience altogether.
That is the message from the village of Perth-Andover, as it gets ready to host the annual Dam Run on Saturday, Oct. 7.
“The goal of the event is to bring people to our community to participate in an exciting event that promotes health and wellness,” said Justine Waldeck, assistant CAO for the village. “We aim to host events in our community to bring both our local community together and to also promote visitors to our community to experience what our beautiful village has to offer.”

The annual Dam Run will take place in Perth-Andover, N.B. on Saturday, Oct. 7. Among those on hand for last year’s event were (from left) Sue Teakles, Marta Kelly, Paul Sands, Frank Kelly, Suzanne Doucet and Carol Lynn Landry.

Photo courtesy of Carol Lynn Landry

They found such an event in 2004 when they started the 5K Fall Run, a fun event making use of the New Brunswick trail system along the river in the border community.
The following year, they added a 10K run to the event, taking runners further along the same route to just past the Tobique Dam and back. At that point and ever since, the event has been known as The Dam Run.
“Since then we have registered through Run New Brunswick and became registered as one of the sites for the SuperSeries running program,” said Waldeck. “In 2016, our course was officially certified.”
It is the event’s 10K distance that is part of the SuperSeries, and one of the last of the SuperSeries events this year.
Put on by the Perth-Andover Recreation Commission, both distances are run along the river, on the main road.
“We offer our event in the fall so that participants can enjoy the fall colours of the valley while on their run,” said Waldeck.
Last year’s event drew 115 participants, and a similar turnout is expected this year.
For more on The Dam Run, visit here .