Run our shores

Race set to cel­e­brate fifth an­niver­sary in Queens County

The Queens County Advance - - FRONT PAGE - BY LAURA CHURCHILL DUKE

The goal is in sight April 22, when 250 en­trants are ex­pected for the fifth an­niver­sary Run Our Shore event start­ing and end­ing at Queens Place in Liver­pool.

The event, says co-race di­rec­tor Steve Burns, pro­vides the op­tion of healthy, pos­i­tive ac­tiv­ity for peo­ple from youth to adult, en­cour­ages new, lo­cal par­tic­i­pants and health and well­ness, as well as show­cases the com­mu­nity.

The over­all event will be­gin with a com­mu­nity youth event and fun run held at Pine Grove Park on Fri­day, April 20. Then, on Sun­day, April 22, there will be a 5K run or walk, 10K and half marathon on Ath­let­ics Canada cer­ti­fied cour­ses. The runs will take par­tic­i­pants from Queens Place Emera Cen­tre out as far as Beach Mead­ows and Ea­gle Head and back, ex­plains Burns.

Also hap­pen­ing on April 22 is the Queens Place Emera Cen­tre mo­bil­ity event, held on the in­door track.

“Those who have mo­bil­ity is­sues - and it’s been pri­mar­ily wheel­chair to date - also get to do some laps and be part of the event,” says Burns.

An­nu­ally, up to a dozen folks take part, he says.

Ta­mara Fraser, of Pe­tite Riviere, will be run­ning in the Run Our Shore event for the fourth year in a row. She highly rec­om­mends the ex­pe­ri­ence.

“It’s a great event! It is small, but with a big heart,” she says.

Fraser knows a thing or two about races, hav­ing run in lots of dif­fer­ent places, in­clud­ing Ice­land, Utah, San Francisco, Boston, Eng­land and PEI.

She says the race kit pick-up is fast and easy, there are lots of fun water stops, race mar­shals keep par­tic­i­pants go­ing in the right di­rec­tion, and or­ga­niz­ers serve food af­ter­wards.

“This race is well or­ga­nized, has easy ac­cess, great scenery, and is fun,” says Fraser.

Just like some of the big­ger races she’s done, she says she would give it two thumbs up.

Peo­ple come from ev­ery­where to par­tic­i­pate in the Run Our Shore event. Last year, Fraser says she paced with a woman from the US who hap­pened to be there on va­ca­tion. There are also a lot of peo­ple from the Val­ley and the Hal­i­fax Re­gional Mu­nic­i­pal­ity who par­tic­i­pate in the event.

Burns says that be­cause of the great record of event ex­e­cu­tion es­tab­lished many years ago by the Pri­va­teer 5 Mile Run, which loops Liver­pool and Mil­ton, as well the fact there is a world class host­ing fa­cil­ity in Queens Place Emera Cen­tre, it re­ally makes it pos­si­ble to have a head­quar­ters to show­case the great shore ar­eas of Brook­lyn through Ea­gle Head.

“Ev­ery time we host in Queens we make an im­pres­sion and those that come get to see what we of­fer in com­mu­nity as­sets, en­thu­si­asm and hos­pi­tal­ity. They do re­turn for mul­ti­ple rea­sons,” says Burns.

Reg­is­tra­tion is open now for the Run Our Shore event. Par­tic­i­pants can regis­ter at Race Ros­ter Run Our Shore 2018 and through links pro­vided at runour­shore. com. Run Nova Sco­tia mem­bers re­ceive a $5 dis­count and in ad­di­tion this year, Burns says all events are re­duced by $5 for all. In ad­di­tion, Burns says, they have very cool swag like medals, shirts and a neat branded bag.

Burns says great vol­un­teers make this all pos­si­ble from Ground Search and Res­cue, RCMP, Port Med­way Fire De­part­ment. Busi­nesses lo­cally and from away have been tremen­dous in their sup­port with prizes and spon­sor­ship. Spon­sors this year in­clude Sobeys, Sco­tia­bank and Best Western.

The at­mos­phere of these events is elec­tric and so so­cial, says Burns.

“Be there, par­tic­i­pate and be part of it. There is mu­sic and a great re­cep­tion at Queens Place too,” he added.

SUB­MIT­TED

Reg­is­tra­tion for the Run Our Shore event on April 22nd in Liver­pool is now open. Events hap­pen­ing through­out the week­end in­clude a youth fun run and a mo­bil­ity event on the in­door track at the Emera Cen­tre. Over 250 en­trants are ex­pected for the fifth an­niver­sary.

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