Inaugural Bread Run providing young athletes chance to get active

Carole Morris-Underhill
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Published on May 21, 2014

More than 80 runners took to the streets of Brooklyn earlier this month to participate in the first Bread Run.

Published on May 21, 2014

The core group of volunteers involved with the first Bread Run in Brooklyn were, from left, back row: Amy Schofield, Nicole Hart, Alicia Wile, and Mandy Singleton; front row: Andrea Parker, Sarah McKenzie, Ashleigh Church, Tara Marshall, and Amber Brooks.

Published on May 21, 2014

Paula James, of Windsor, placed first in the first ever 10 km Bread Run in Brooklyn.

Published on May 21, 2014

Marco Gehrig, of Newport, placed second in the first ever 10 km Bread Run in Brooklyn.

Published on May 21, 2014

Tracey Williams, of Westphal (left) came in 22nd and Mary Aube, of Beaverbank, placed 21st in the first ever 10 km Bread Run in Brooklyn earlier this month.

Published on May 21, 2014

Claire Crossley, of Upper Rawdon (left) and Ashley Hood, of Bramber, placed 23rd and 24th, respectively, in the 10 km Bread Run May 10.

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Carrie Greene, of Halifax, led the way for a first place finish in the 5 km Bread Run in Brooklyn. Placing second was Scott Sheaer, of Windsor.

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Roy McIntyre, of Windsor, placed seventh in the 5 km Bread Run in Brooklyn earlier this month.

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Keeli Smith, of Centreville, was all smiles as she raced to finish the last stretch of the May 10 Bread Run in Brooklyn. She placed eighth overall in the 5 km run.

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Tara Warner, of Three Mile Plains, came in 10th while Nicole Traverse, of Hantsport, placed 11th in the 5 km Bread Run in Brooklyn.

Published on May 21, 2014

Janice Munroe Dodge, of Summerville, placed 38th in the 5 km Bread Run in Brooklyn. Pictured in the background is Lianne Giswold, of Centre Burlington.

Published on May 21, 2014

Ashley Greenough, of Woodville, left, and Janice Munroe Dodge, of Summerville, were all smiles as they competed in the 5 km Bread Run in Brooklyn.

More Hants County youths will have a chance to play sports this year thanks to a road race held in Brooklyn this month.

More than 80 athletes participated in the inaugural Bread Run May 10, and the event organizers couldn't be happier.

Andrea Parker, part of the Bread Run organizing committee and member of the Hants County Runners, said it was heartening to see the community support their fundraiser.

“We're just so happy with how the community has responded to us,” said Parker. “For our first year event, we've had many people sign up — that we didn't even know – to volunteer (and to run), so if anyone is ever concerned about the heart of Hants County, it's alive and well.”

More than 30 volunteers signed up to help out during the five- and 10-kilometre race, and area businesses provided sponsorship to help make the race a reality. The Bread Gallery, an independently-owned bakery in Brooklyn, was the main sponsor.

Parker explained the Hants County Runners began devising the May fundraiser when they were in Halifax for the Blue Nose Marathon last year. Efforts to organize the event ramped up in the fall.

Parker said the intent of the group was to offer a quality race that would raise money to help local children afford the chance to participate in sports. With that goal in mind, they partnered with Canadian Tire's Jumpstart program.

“The money will come back to our community,” said Parker, noting Jumpstart will match the amount they raise.

“That way, more children can get involved in sport.”

The Top 5 finishers for the 10 km Bread Run were Paula James (Windsor), Marco Gehrig (Newport), Chris Harding (Ellershouse), Jessalin Somerville (Halifax), and Matt Hazel (Antigonish). The Top 5 finishers for the timed 5 km run were Carrie Greene (Halifax), Scott Shear (Windsor), Tony Quinn (Mount Uniacke), Whitney Parker (Newport) and Kathy Johnston (Falmouth).

 

 

Did you know?

• Canadian Tire Jumpstart is a nationally registered charity. Its aim is to remove financial barriers so youths across Canada can have the “opportunity to get off the sidelines and into the game.”

• According to 2011 statistics provided by the Jumpstart program, one in three Canadian families cannot afford to enroll their children into organized sports.

 

Organizations: Canadian Tire, Bread Gallery, Bread Run

Geographic location: Hants County, Brooklyn, Mount Uniacke Canada Newport Bread Gallery Halifax Nova Scotia West Hants

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