Weekend fun for everyone at Cross Border Challenge

Published on June 22, 2017

It takes close to 100 volunteers to run the Cross Border Challenge, and helping make sure everything runs smooth is: (from left) registration chairman Glenn MacDonald, and race directors Kent Leslie and Terry MacDonald. The Cross Border Challenge is a project of the Cumberland Y Service Club.

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AMHERST – There is much more to the Archway Insurance Cross Border Challenge than running.

There’s also breakfast, barbeque, beer, a buffet, a band, a bouncy castle, soccer and spaghetti.

“The Cross Border Challenge anchors all the other events happening Friday through to Sunday,” said Terry MacDonald, race chair with the Cumberland Y Service Club.

The ninth annual Cross Border Challenge Summer Kickoff begins Friday with a Spaghetti Dinner at the Cumberland YMCA from 5 to 7 p.m.

“All proceeds from the spaghetti dinner go to the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign,” said MacDonald.


– The 5K and half marathon runs begin at Amherst Stadium at 8:30 p.m.

– The 10K run begins in New Brunswick at 9 a.m.

More than 200 runners are taking part in the Cross Border Challenge.

“They are from throughout the Maritimes,” said Glenn MacDonald, registration chairman. “We also have a runner from Minnesota here visiting family and somebody from Nunavut as well.”

– There is also a barbecue, buffet and draw prizes at 11 a.m. at Amherst Stadium.

– Family free events run from 1 to 4 p.m. at the YMCA.

Events include swimming, a bouncy castle, outdoor play, and snacks.

– The beer garden, featuring the band Big fish runs from 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.


There is a fundraiser breakfast at West Highlands School from 8 to 11 a.m.

The breakfast features pancakes, sausage, fruit, coffee, tea and juice.

Money raised goes to Fundy Youth Soccer.