Johnny Miles Fes­ti­val

An­nual sum­mer event kicks off Thurs­day.

Cape Breton Post - - Front Page - BY JEREMY FRASER jeremy.fraser@cb­post.com Twit­ter: @CBPost_Jeremy

An an­nual fes­ti­val cel­e­brat­ing the life of a home­town hero be­gins on Thurs­day.

The 15th an­nual Johnny Miles Fes­ti­val will con­tinue un­til Sun­day in Sydney Mines with com­mu­nity events sched­uled through­out the four days. The event re­mem­bers Miles, a two-time win­ner of the Bos­ton Marathon in 1926 and again in 1929.

Fes­ti­val chair Eu­gene Ramsey be­lieves this year’s event will be more ex­cit­ing for res­i­dents than in pre­vi­ous years.

“We have some new things go­ing on, but we are do­ing things in a dif­fer­ent way and we hope that it’s go­ing to make a dif­fer­ence,” said Ramsey.

Al­though the fes­ti­val will fea­ture many of the same events as pre­vi­ous years, new events in­clude Touch A Truck, a Cana­dian 150 work­shop as well as Ca­per Con.

Aside from the com­mu­nity events, the fes­ti­val it­self is built around the an­nual Johnny Miles 5K Me­mo­rial Road Race.

“We con­cen­trate on the race more then any­thing, there is a lot of work that goes into the race … the race comes be­fore the fes­ti­val,” said Ramsey.

The road race will take place on Satur­day with regis­tra­tion set for 9 a.m. at the John J. Nu­gent Fire­men’s Cen­tre with the race start­ing at 10 a.m.

Fes­ti­val co-or­di­na­tor Kim Ride­out said the road race has been well at­tended in pre­vi­ous years.

“It’s ex­tremely im­por­tant to con­tinue this race be­cause Johnny is such a huge part of our legacy and his­tory here in Sydney Mines,” she said. “Johnny is cer­tainly some­body who we can all look up to.”

“The race is very unique be­cause it’s one that’s held in Johnny’s home­town where it all be­gan for him, where he ran the rails to prac­tise and where he boarded the train (to the Bos­ton Marathon) with the sup­port of his com­mu­nity,” said Ride­out.

The fes­ti­val will wrap up Sun­day with a clos­ing con­cert at Pitt Street Ball Field, fol­lowed by fire­works.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the Johnny Miles Fes­ti­val visit www.john­nymiles­fes­ti­val.com or phone the fes­ti­val of­fice at 902-549-0087.

JEREMY FRASER/CAPE BRE­TON POST

Or­ga­niz­ers of the an­nual Johnny Miles Fes­ti­val hold the fes­ti­val ban­ner while mak­ing fi­nal prepa­ra­tions on Tues­day. The fes­ti­val, in mem­ory of home­town hero Johnny Miles, will be­gin on Thurs­day. From left, front, Melvin Bond, Mer­dina Bond, Kim Ride­out, Jean Ramsey, Kier­sten Penny and Eu­gene Ramsey; back, Martin Pickup, Shawn Mag­nan and Caiden MacKin­non.

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