Some of the Jolly Joggers training on the Shore Road last year.
Scallop Day runners will be racing beside the ocean this year.
After ten years of running two loops of downtown Digby, participants in this year’s race will run along the Shore Road beside the Annapolis Basin.
Digby Area Recreation (DARC) took over organization of the race from the Kelli Janson last year and this year they’re changing both the route and adding a 10k category as well.
“We’re hoping to attract more runners and to give local runners a bigger goal to work towards,” said Cara Sunderland, active living coordinator with DARC. “Shore Road is a beautiful run and it will be nice to show off that scenic route to the runners we get from Halifax, the South Shore and from all across Nova Scotia.”
Sunderland says a lot of Digby runners and walkers use that route already to enjoy the sunsets, sunrises over the Basin, the fishing boats coming and going and the fresh breezes off the water.
The race will start and finish at the Heritage Centre in downtown Digby just like it always has, but runners will turn out the Racquette Road to the Shore Road.
The Town of Digby has given DARC permission to close Birch Street and the Racquette Road as far as the intersection with the Shore Road.
From there, DARC is seeking permission from the Department of Transportation to have racers running on the side of the road.
Volunteers will stop traffic at the Racquette intersection to allow runners to cross to the Royal Propane side of the street so they’re facing traffic.
DARC will be putting up signs and pylons to warn drivers and volunteers will be stationed along the route as further reminder of the race in progress.
The 5k turnaround and crossing will be near the tourist information centre and 10k runners will cross near the ferry terminal.
Again volunteers will be on hand to stop traffic.
The ferry leaves the Digby terminal for Saint John at 8 a.m. and the race doesn’t start until 8:30 a.m. so traffic on the Shore Road should be minimal at that time of day.
Early registration includes a t-shirt and is $10 for residents of the Digby area and members of Run Nova Scotia; and $15 for others.
Registration forms are available at the DARC offices or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Digby-Scallop-Days-5km-10km-Fun-Run/
Sunderland believes walkers and runners alike will enjoy the new route and hopes as many people as possible give it a try.
“You don’t have to be the fastest or even an avid runner,” she says. “It’s a beautiful route and a lot of fun to walk or run with a big group of people and it’s a great way to start Scallop Days off on the right foot."