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Two provinces, one event

Cross Border Challenge happens Saturday

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
June 22, 2017

AMHERST, N.S. – Can’t decide whether you want to run in New Brunswick or Nova Scotia on Saturday?
How about doing both?
The ninth annual Cross Border Challenge will take place on Saturday, June 24, starting and finishing in Amherst, N.S., and crossing the Tantramar Marsh to New Brunswick in 10K and half marathon races. A 5K race is also included in the day’s races.

The ninth annual Cross Border Challenge will take place in Amherst, N.S. on Saturday, June 24. Shown here are participants during the 2015 run.

“I think people like this race because it is unique, being able to cross the border between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick,” said Jeff MacNeil, manager of development at the YMCA of Cumberland. “Also, the geographic location is convenient for runners throughout the Maritimes.”
Organized by the Cumberland Y service club, the event donates proceeds back to the community every year, specifically to the YMCA of Cumberland Strong Kids Campaign, little league and scholarship programs.
More than 200 runners are expected to take part this year.
Among them will be Anthony Fromm, who has not missed running in the event since it started, and was the 10K winner in 2016.
“It is a neat race in that you cross over from N.B. to N.S., with bagpipers on the border,” said Fromm.
“The course itself has some good hills and, with very little tree cover, the wind can really play into it. And, of course, there’s the famous hill to the finish line.”
The half marathon race starts and finishes at the Amherst Stadium on Church Street, as does the 5K. The 10K starts in Mount Whatley, N.B., crossing the border to finish at the stadium. All races will take place on a closed road course.
“If you’re doing the 10K, you get to ride on a bus, just like Boston,” said Fromm, with a smile.
Fromm will once again be tackling the 10K, only two weeks after running the 82.5K Wascally Wabbit trail run in Folly Lake. He will find out on Saturday how much he has recovered.
“If I am feeling good, I will shoot for around 40 minutes,” he said. “I had the same issue last year, but still managed a decent run.”
For more on the Cross Border Challenge, visit here .