Rudolph Run and Walk to see the lights

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Winter Running workshop Wednesday before

Rudolph Run 2012

(Also check out Jonathan Riley's column and photos from the first Rudolph Run, last year. Note the route will be different this year - for one thing, we're starting and ending at the rink.)

Digby Area Recreation has a plan to give you some rosy cheeks this holiday season.

They are organizing the second annual Rudolph Run and Walk for Sunday, Dec. 15 where people tour the town on foot to look at the Christmas lights.

They are laying out two routes, one for a group of walkers and another for a group of slow joggers.

“We’re planning this with families in mind,” says Cara Sunderland, active living coordinator with DARC. “It’s a great way to take your time and really enjoy the Christmas lights. People really put a lot of effort into decorating their homes and this is a way to really take it all in.”

The running route will be about 5 kilometres with stops/ rests planned at some of the brightest homes in town. The walking route will be a little shorter.

Both start at the curling club at 6 p.m. and end there for healthy holiday treats and maybe some apple cider.

“We do a lot of sitting and a lot of eating over Christmas,” says Sunderland. “This is a great way to get out in a group, it’s social and fun and everyone can take part.”

Organizers would like people to show up for 5:30 to register.

Registration is free and DARC hopes to provide everyone with flashing red noses, glow sticks and glow clips to make them visible on safe out on the town.


DARC is also hosting a workshop the Wednesday before (Dec. 11), called “Learn to Run at Night and in Colder Temperatures”.

The free workshop starts at 7 p.m. at the Digby Arena with Tanya Parks and Sean Merrett. They will hold a half-hour info session on keeping warm and keeping visible and then everyone will set out on a short group run.

DARC would like people interested in the workshop to pre-register so they know how many are coming by calling 245-4344 or email

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