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Posted: March 2, 2009  : Add to Mixx!

Athletics: A Run To Remember – The Constable Bruce Hadley Relay Run For Heart 2009

At 8 am on Saturday, June 27th, teams of runners will leave from Fredericton and Edmundston to run approximately 260 kms to Bathurst, New Brunswick. Teams will run through the night along their choice of these two routes, divided into legs ranging from about 5 kms to 21 kms, finishing almost 30 hours later on Sunday afternoon at the KC Irving Centre in Bathurst.

The relay run is in memory of Cst. Bruce Hadley, a young RCMP officer who died in August of 2007 from a heart attack while out running. He was only 32 years old, & left behind his wife & two young children. All proceeds from the event have been donated to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of NB to purchase Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs). These devices will be placed in various public locations throughout the province.The few AEDs that have been installed in NB have already saved lives. Unfortunately, over 1000 New Brunswickers die of cardiac arrest each year & the odds of survival for an out-of-hospital arrest are only 5%. Defibrillation, when used with CPR, can improve cardiac arrest survival rates from 5% to over 50%, if delivered in the first few minutes. Research has shown that the more AEDs are made available, the more lives are saved.

Relay teams and runners are invited to participate in this amazing event. With approximately 30 legs for each route, teams are encouraged to have a minimum of 20 runners per team. Runners will be supported by the RCMP, local police forces and race organizers throughout the event. Further information is available on the website below, and leg descriptions will be available soon. If you would like to participate but do not have a team, event organizers will help find a spot for you on one of the established teams--just contact us.

For relay information: HeartandStroke.NB.ca.

To register your team or to register as an individual runner: RunningRoom.com.

Fredericton to Bathurst route: MapMyRun.com.


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