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Frigid temperatures, warm spirits in five Maritime cities

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Jan. 1, 2018

FREDERICTON – Good. Cold, but good.
That was how Running Room events coordinator John Acheson summed up the Resolution Runs held across the region today and last night, starting with Saint John, N.B. on Sunday night, and continuing this morning in Charlottetown, Fredericton, Halifax and Moncton, N.B.
“All the way around, it was a pretty cold one,” said Acheson. “But we still had a good crowd for it.”
Temperatures dipped as low as -20 degrees in some cities, leading participants to bundle up in multiple layers to keep warm.

Resolution Runs were held in five Maritime cities during the past 24 hours, starting in Saint John, N.B. Sunday evening, and continuing this morning in Charlottetown, Fredericton, Halifax and Moncton, N.B. Shown here are participants at the Moncton event.

Photo courtesy of Atlantic Running Room Events on Facebook

Runners and walkers of all ages turned out for the events in all cities, most for a 5K. Only Charlottetown offered an extra 10K option.
As predicted, numbers were up in Saint John this year, while Charlottetown and Fredericton also saw slight increases and Moncton held its own. Halifax saw a small decrease.
“Like most events, these tend to be cyclical a bit,” said Acheson. “But I don’t think Halifax went down very much at the end of the day. The events went well.”
The Resolution Runs continue to be a popular and unique way for people to start off the New Year on the right step, he explained.
“It’s not really a race, per se, it’s just breaking in the New Year,” he said. “We don’t get to do a whole lot of those, as most focus on the run. It’s unique that it’s connected to a charity, but the focus is bringing in the New Year in a positive and healthy manner.”