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Good debut for Lockeport running event, fundraiser for Ecology Action Centre

Will Joudrie and Kamryn Horton were two of the participants in the recent Lockeport running event that benefitted the Ecology Action Centre. CHERYL GRAUL
Will Joudrie and Kamryn Horton were two of the participants in the recent Lockeport running event that benefitted the Ecology Action Centre. CHERYL GRAUL - contributed

A recent new running event in Lockeport was deemed a success, not only drawing a good number of participants but also raising money for a worthy cause, and it could become an annual event.

Held the same weekend as this year’s Blue Nose Marathon in Halifax, the Lockeport race was billed as a “remote” (meaning not in Halifax) Blue Nose event, offering distance options of one, two and five kilometres.

Seventy-two people took part in the Lockeport event, which was held in near-perfect weather and served as a fundraiser for the Ecology Action Centre.

Over $1,700 was donated to the EAC and the event helped raise awareness about important climate-related issues such as sea-level rise and coastal erosion.

Candace Malik, one of the people involved in the run, described how the event started as “just kind of an idea to get the community out and active and involved in something that seemed to be supporting a really good cause.”

The event took place during the South Shore's popular Lobsterfest. Several volunteers helped out and the RCMP were there to ensure route safety as participants went around the seaside community and along its Crescent Beach. Participants ranged from 18 months old to 88 years.

The first to cross the finish line was nine-year-old William Chetwynd, which likely was nice to see for organizers, given that they were trying to promote youth participation.

The event came together through a partnership that included RBC Lockeport and Keep It Moving in Shelburne. Both are active supporters of local events that encourage outdoor activity.

Malik says people already are asking about whether the event will be held again in 2020.

“I don’t know (for sure),” she said. “I don’t see why we couldn’t apply for those grants again next year and try to do it again, so I’m hoping we will.”

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