Halifax Trail Runners to take over Bay of Fundy run
FIVE ISLANDS – After six years, Not Since Moses founder and patron Dick Lemon is ready to pass on the mantle.
The popular 5 & 10k run captured international attention, drawing runners from across the globe when it offered the unique experience of running around the Bay of Fundy’s famed Five Islands. Later the course shifted into a muddy trek deep into the heart of low tide before the course is enveloped by the world’s highest tide. Rob Chambers, head of the Halifax Trail Runners, will succeed Lemon, who purchased one of the islands in the area to develop a retreat on it and whose investments and enthusiasm for the Five Islands community netted him the 2009 Tourism Innovator Award from Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia.
“Enough already. I only have 50 years left,” Lemon, 70, jested in a release on the announcement. “I’m done leading these ever reproducing kiniglim [rabbits] through the mud and sand. I want to do something else for a while.”
Not Since Moses is held once a year at Five Islands, Nova Scotia, in a portion of the Bay of Fundy, which sees two daily tides rising as high as 15 meters. The run is scheduled during one of the lowest tides of the summer, giving participants an opening to complete the course before the sea closes in.
The first run in 2007 involved 180 registrants and signups have grown steadily each year, with 1,204-registered last year. This year 1,500 are expected to sign up. Net proceeds benefit local causes, including schools, libraries and volunteer fire departments.
In conjunction to the run is a youth race, dubbed the Basket Run where children run courses of 100, 500 and 1,000 meters in sand and mud. Last year 150 children participated.
Chambers, who participated in the previous six Not Since Moses events, is evangelical about them, according to the release.
“No one should miss the chance to be running or walking on the bottom of the Bay of Fundy surrounded by cliffs composed of yellow and red bands of colour and alongside thrusts of islands,” Chambers says.
This year’s Not Since Moses is August 11, and will officially be Lemon’s last.
Registration is now open for runners doing the 5k or 10k, for walkers doing the 5k and for volunteers, who Chambers says may have the best time of all, thick in the beauty and excitement without the long effort which training for the run requires.
For more information, visit www.notsincemoses.com.
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