Numbers climbing for NS marathon

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Runners head out from the start line at last year's marathon.

by Kathy Johnson

The countdown is on for the 43rd running of the Nova Scotia Marathon and Half Marathon, being held on July 28 in the Barrington Passage/Cape Sable Island area.

With just over a week to go to race day, pre-registration for the marathon, half marathon and 10 km run was “coming in pretty steady,” said Samantha Reyno, physical activity coordinator for the Municipality of Barrington. “It’s climbing faster than last year,” she said.

As of late last week, more than 100 people had registered for the three runs, representing at least seven Canadian provinces and 10 U.S. states. Registrations have also been received from Shangri and New Zealand.

 “There’s almost an even number of runners registered in each category,” said Reyno, noting in some cases, entire families are registered, with members competing in their run of choice.

Registration will continue this week, right up until half an hour before the 8:30 a.m. start at the Barrington Municipal Arena on Sherose Island.

The runners leave Sherose Island, then head west through Barrington Passage to the Cape Sable Island Causeway. Full marathoners run the entire circumference of Cape Sable Island before heading back across the Causeway to the finish line. Half marathoners run the Clam Point/Stoney Island loop, then back to the mainland. The turnaround point for the 10 km is Spruce Drive in North East Point.

Following the marathon, a banquet will be held at the Arena to recognize all participants.

Geographic location: Barrington Passage, Cape Sable Island, U.S. New Zealand Stoney Island

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