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Dan Buckle, right, and Mike Kennedy finish the 50K ultra marathon.
By Jennifer Vardy Little
Susan Carbyn is hoping Kings County residents will line the streets and cheer as runners wind their way through downtown Wolfville and the surrounding areas.
Carbyn is the co-race director for the Harvest Marathon, set to run this weekend in Wolfville. A kid’s run will be held on Oct. 12, with the main event scheduled to begin on Oct. 13.
The marathon is incredibly popular and is growing every year. This year, race directors had to cap the marathon at 2,000 participants. It was sold out weeks before the race.
“We’re getting lots of phone calls from people begging to get in,” said Carbyn. “I had one man call and say that his wife had been training and he was supposed to register her and forgot, now he’s in the doghouse.”
It’s also expected that more than 500 children will participate in the children’s run for ages two to 12.
The first race on Sunday is the Ultra Marathon. It gets started at 7:30 a.m. and will see racers run for 50 kilometres.
“It’s the only one of it’s kind in Atlantic Canada,” said Carbyn.
Because the area is so busy with runners, Carbyn is suggesting motorists plan alternative routes on Oct. 13. The Gladys Porter Bridge between Greenwich and Port Williams will be down to one lane between 8:15 a.m. and 10 a.m. as many of the long-distance runners cross over.
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Carbyn says she realizes the marathon can be inconvenient to motorists, people who live in the area and churchgoers, so she’s going door to door this year, encouraging area residents to get in the spirit of race day.
“We want people to come out and cheer people on,” she said. “We want to try to bring that community, big event feel to the race.”
She’s encouraging residents living along the race route to tape signs to their doors, put on music and come out and cheer for the runners. Carbyn is also hoping area businesses will take advantage of the number of people coming to town for the event.
“The biggest thing for us is getting community support – it’s not so much about running for a lot of the participants. Having a whole community out and cheering for you – you can’t understand until you experience it,” she said.
Now in its 21st year, this is the fifth time the event has been held in Wolfville.
Visit KingsCountyNews.ca to see coverage of the marathon.