Wednesday, December 9, 2015

The 4th Annual Halifax Movember Run

So wow, Movember, I mean November went by really fast it seems. As usual I was busy not racing and preparing to host the 4th Halifax Movember Run. Yup, 4 years in already!

As usual race day morning was rainy.  I think last year's super cold race was the only time we have had sun. But the temperatures were not too bad this year and as it turns out the race was held during the nicest moment of the weekend, with torrential rains pouring down during the rest of the time. Whew.

This year's race was new in that we had two start times. Over the last few years we had allowed people to run with dogs, just asking for them to be mindful of leashes and careful at the start. This year the good folks at Dogrunnin asked for a separate start time as they wanted to make sure some of the dog people could really start fast and get the best time possible. That was not a problem at all. We started the dogs 3 minutes after the people only runners and then adjusted the times after the race. It all worked incredibly well.

Getting volunteers for these events can be tricky. Over the years we have always had a core group of friends turn out, but as usually happens some people commit and can't show up. Well this year we had volunteers organized by OnPoint Volunteers and we couldn't have been happier. They took control of their jobs with very little prompting and set up in the park to help guide the runners. Add to them Nancy from Run NS, who volunteered her time to help with the event timing and wow. What a  great crew.

Thanks to Cyclone Fitness we kept the racers warmed up prior to the start with a little fun as well.

The first race took off with some blazing fast people, including our own Joggler!

Then off zoomed the people and dogs, Canicross style!

And as always we had some great crews show up in costumes!

It was another great year for Movember, as we raised over $3200 for the Charity which helps support men's health in the areas of Prostate Cancer, testicular Cancer, Mental Health, and Physical Inactivity.  The racers all did great with some setting personal bests and other enjoying the day. It was awesome to see many familiar faces pop down for their 4th run, and new faces their for their first (for some it was their actual first event ever!). 

The help and support from our many sponsors always makes this event fun and worth doing. Jav Blend Coffee Roasters, Freemans Little Italy, Auction House, Sportwheels, Ideal Bikes, MEC, Run NS, Kinesic Sport Lab, Seaside Chiropractic, Jollytails, Blue Frog Creations, Cyclone Fitness,  RoadID, Moksha Yoga, Sailor Bups Barbershop and of course two huge supporters in Aerobics First and DogRunnin'.

Towards next year, bigger and better! from Mike Milloy and I, thanks. 

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