A new road race set for May 2 and 3 offers a scenic route starting in Brooklyn and looping through Beach Meadows.
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It’s a Shore Thing is a new running event that was started by a non-profit group in Queens. Several events are being held at Queens Place Emera Centre and a half marathon starts at QPEC and heads through Beach Meadows and Brooklyn.
It’s a Shore Thing is a run that was started by the Active Living Options Society, a non-profit group that started up in Dec. 2013 with the goal to promote health and wellness.
Queens County already has several 5 km races and the society decided to expand on that by offering an event that encompassed a larger run and an event for people with mobility issues.
“We are developing a walking and running community in Queens because of the fitness centre and because of general participation so the vision became ‘well why can’t we do a larger event?’” says Steve Burns, an organizer with the society.
Their first event includes a youth run, a 5 km walk/run, a 10 km run, a half marathon, and a wheelchair event.
The half marathon (21.1 km) starts and ends at Queens Place Emera Centre (QPEC) and goes down Eastern Shore Road through Beach Meadows. The 10 km loops through Brooklyn and the 5 km walk/run follows the trail around QPEC. The wheelchair event is happening on the indoor track around QPEC.
“It’s a really beautiful, scenic route, there’s some great ocean views, Coffin’s Island area and it’s a challenging course,” says Burns.
The run is two weeks before the Bluenose Marathon in Halifax and Burns says it’s a great way for runners to do one last big run before the full marathon.
Burns started running a year ago and says the best part of run is the community spirit.
“It’s a great opportunity for locals to get out and cheer or get involved by being part of the event and also a great opportunity for the business community to tap into future tourists coming to our area,” says Burns.
The 5 km, 10 km, and half marathon events will be timed. Each race will be photographed by professional photographers who specialize in running. The participants will get medals for their participation and everyone will get a t-shirt.
The half marathon route will be lined with water stations and motivational signs to keep the runners going. There will be a post race reception afterward at the Best Western.
There are separate fees for each event:
5km event - $35 (age 10 +)
10 km event - $45 (age 14 +)
Half marathon - $60 (age 16+)
Wheelchair Event – Free
Participants can sign up for the event right up until the day of the run. To sign up, visit www.atlanticchip.ca and to look at schedules or learn more about the youth event go to www.shorethingrun.wordpress.com