Organizer Bobby-Lou Reardon is hoping runners will use the 5K fun run on Aug. 23 as a warm up run for the Aug. 24 Bean There Ran That half marathon or marathon.
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For runners, the convenience of having a marathon take place in your own community is hard to beat.
That’s one of the reasons behind Yarmouth Marathon founder Bobby Lou Reardon’s decision to start the event three years ago.
“I’m a big fan of being able to run a marathon close to home,” she said. “I thought, this will be great. People can get up, sleep in their own bed, go home after the marathon and have a shower.”
Also referred to as Bean There, Ran That, the Aug.23/24 weekend provides participants with four events to choose from: 5K, 10k, half marathon and a full marathon.
Bean is not a typo. It’s in reference to the event being a fundraiser for the Yarmouth Hospital Kidney Dialysis Unit.
“When mom (Marion) died of kidney disease a decade ago, I looked around and there weren’t any runs that raised money for kidney foundations,” said Reardon, who also knew she wanted to make the Yarmouth marathon a Boston qualifier.
She began planning years ago by organizing smaller runs like the 5K Turkey Run on Boxing Day. From those events she learned about registration requirements, how to apply for a route permit, arrange for bibs and t-shirts, promotion, volunteers for corners and much more.
She also learned how routes were officially measured – with a device known as a Jones counter mounted on a bicycle.
Runners are encouraged to register early for the weekend and those that do so by Aug. 7 will receive a t-shirt.
Registration can be done one of four ways: at Runner’s Attic, Main Street by Aug. 21; online at www.atlanticchip.ca before midnight, Thursday Aug. 21; on Saturday Aug. 23, 8–10 a.m. at Burridge Campus or on Aug. 24 from 6:30 – 7:45 a.m. Registration costs are as follows: 5k fun run, $10; 10k, $35; half marathon $50 and full marathon $60.
The start and finish lines are at NSCC Burridge Campus for the 5K run on Saturday, Aug. 23. The 10k, half and full marathon events begin at the Sealed Landers Park on Main Street by Lake Milo and end and at NSCC Burridge.
The marathon route, towards the Cape Forchu lighthouse, is described as being “by far the freshest, most scenic and beautiful route in Yarmouth County, relatively flat with a few small hills.” There will be a hot meal available after runners complete their event on Sunday.
Reardon is hoping many will run the 5k on Saturday morning as a warm-up to the big events on Sunday. Typically, 150 have participated in the past.
For more information on the Bean There Ran That event, visit the website at www.yarmouthmarathon.com/