By Nancy Kelly
Judging by the amount of applause and cheering, the Valley Harvest Marathon’s annual kids’ run was a roaring success.
More than 800 children between the ages of two and 12 took part in the event at Acadia University’s Raymond Field in Wolfville.
“This event has experienced phenomenal growth,” said race director Susan Carbyn.
“In 2009, we had 30 kids; in 2012, we had 504. This year, it’s even bigger with 800 kids and we sold out.”
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Carbyn said families have come to love the free event. All participants get a T-shirt and are handed a participation medal as soon as they cross the finish line.
Down on the field, organizer Roxanne Brown agreed the kids have a ball and parents love to encourage their little ones, either by waiting at the finish line or joining them on the track.
Announcer Len Hawley, who has been involved for three years, concurred.
“It is so fun. I love it,” he said.
Carbyn noted the youth run benefits from the efforts of many volunteers – this year 134 people helped with the youth and adult run - and support from the local community health boards.
“The funding they give us helps us ensure that there are no barriers to participation,” she said.
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