Some of the participants in the 2012 Yarmouth Marathon leave the start at Burridge Campus.
ERIC BOURQUE PHOTO
By Eric Bourque
The 2013 Yarmouth Marathon, a two-day series of running events, will open late Saturday afternoon, Aug. 24, with a 5-K and continue Sunday morning, Aug. 25, with a marathon, half-marathon and 10-K.
This is the third year for the Yarmouth Marathon, whose logo – Bean There Ran That – is a reference to the marathon being a fundraiser this year for the Yarmouth hospital’s kidney dialysis unit. For the first two years the marathon supported the Kidney Foundation of Canada in Nova Scotia, but the focus this year is on keeping the funds closer to home and helping people in this area, says race director Bobby Lou Reardon.
About 150 runners have taken part in Yarmouth Marathon events each of the last two years, although only seven people did the full marathon (42.195 kilometres) last year, compared to 22 in 2011.
“My feeling about the marathon is that if there’s one person that wants to run the marathon, we would have the marathon, because that’s what the original intent was, to provide a marathon,” Reardon said.
The Yarmouth race is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon and this is an important feature for some runners, Reardon says.
“We get emails (from people asking): ‘Is this a Boston qualifier? What is your route like?’” she said.
Eight people or so were registered for this year’s full marathon as of early last week, Reardon said.
This is the second year for the 5-K, which again will take place on Saturday, the day before actual marathon day. The 5-K is scheduled for 5 p.m. Given that some people may do both Saturday’s 5-K and one of the events Sunday, organizers are offering participants a discount on the 5-K entry fee.
“If people are doing another part of the marathon, then that race (the 5-K) is only $5,” Reardon said. “It’s not very expensive anyway. It’s only $10, but it’s $5 if they’re doing that as like a warm-up for something the next day.”
All marathon events start and finish at the Nova Scotia Community College’s Burridge Campus. Marathon day – Sunday, Aug. 25 – will have the 10-K runners, half-marathoners and full marathoners leaving Burridge at 8 a.m.
Reardon says she hopes to see a great turnout, although she acknowledges that there are a lot of races these days and stuff happening just about every weekend.
For Yarmouth-area runners in particular, however, she notes that the Yarmouth Marathon offers a chance to do a running event right in their home community, giving them a range of distances from which to choose.
Anyone interested in volunteering for the marathon can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
A lot of work goes into the marathon, Reardon says, but it all comes together, thanks to the efforts of volunteers and community support.
“People that participate always seem to enjoy the event and those of us who help organize it, there’s a wonderful feeling from doing all that too,” she said.