Digby Scallop Days Fun Run new format attracts close to 200 runners

The DARC side - a column by Cara Sunderland

Jonathan Riley, Digby Courier jriley@digbycourier.ca
Published on August 16, 2014

Pearl and Peter Janson are all smiles at the finish line of the 2014 Scallop Days Fun Run.

©Kelli Janson

Recently we held the annual Scallop Days Fun Run on a beautiful Saturday morning in Digby. The morning was crisp with fog, which burned off as the race got started.

With 198 runners, some from as far away as England and Yukon, the event passed by without many residents even knowing it happened.

[Complete race results for the 2014 Scallop Days Fun Run]

However to the local running community, the Scallop Days run is the summer run to train for. It’s the run to beat your personal best, come in first in your category or to beat your running partner across the finish line.

For me the Scallop Days race is about watching those finishing their first run with a wonderful sense of personal accomplishment. It’s about families and couples that run together and are physically active together.

This year it was about watching runners complete the 10 K route, which for some was their first 10 K ever.

The Scallop Days Fun Run is more than a running event, it’s a community partnership that brings together community members who are trying to be more physically active to celebrate their goals and accomplishments.

It’s heart-warming to see how supportive runners are of each other as all they remember what it’s like to cross their first 5 K finish line or what it’s like to barely make it across the finish line with little more than adrenaline pushing you the last few steps.

As a Run Nova Scotia sanctioned event, the Fun Run also hosts many runners from across the province. This year runners were able to experience what we in Digby can have on a daily basis – a run with a million dollar view.

The route changed this year and followed the road along the shore from downtown to the ferry wharf and back.

As the run organizer I heard several comments about spreading the word and telling other run clubs about Digby’s beautiful route. This route is something we sometimes take for granted. While there is no sidewalk on Shore Road, the road is newly paved with a wide shoulder for safe pedestrian traffic.

Take the time to walk or run on Shore Road, at high tide or low tide, it’s always beautiful.

Walking and running are not only good for your body but also for your mind.

Our scenery is good for your soul.