Monday, November 20, 2017

Halifax Movember Run Year 6 - 2017

So year 6 of the Halifax Movember Run. The race where I get to be the race director, raise money for a great charity and make sure everyone has a great time.  Year 6 and going strong.

This is a 6km fun run in Halifax's Point Pleasant Park, which is a crusher dust trail of ups and downs. Certainly the race isn't an easy one, but we get loads of support.  This year's winner blazed through in 23 min in the people only race and 23:47 in the canicross race. That's right, year 6 and we are Nova Scotia's original dog friend running race, though now with a separate start time.

Elizabeth and I show up bright and early to get things started. Then my co-director Mike gets in with the rest of the supplies (coffee, cake etc...). Tracey shows up soon enough with the mass of volunteers she organizes to keep the event going well. And let's not forget Nancy who has been helping us through RunNS since year one and Dave Gallant on drums, I mean camera.

As is usually the case, we had a cold weather day, but lovely for running. Cia volunteered her time to lead a warm up for the runners while we finished up registration.

Then onto a race briefing, course explanation, and a thank you to the runners. As is always the case, they are the ones that help us raise the money for Movember. This year close to $3600.

After the people take off, we line up the canicross/dog runners and get race 2 underway.

This year was extra special as the running club I helped to form a little over a year ago has really gelled and many members came out to support the event. Loads were also people I helped through various ways in training this year and it was great to see them running. Thanks BLT Runner.

Each year, local support keeps us going strong. My aim has always been to run a low cost event that offers a big return. Both the the charity and to the runners. I think, 6 years later, we are still doing that.

Long term supporters, Aerobics First, Sportwheels, Run Nova Scotia, and Java Blend have been above and beyond. Since then we have added Habaneros, Murphys, DogRunnin, Freeman's Little Italy, The Museum of Natural History, and Salomon.

Year 7? Give me a week and I'll get started.

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