Fourth annual Age of Sail Marathon set for Aug. 10

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PORT GREVILLE - Forty runners are expected to participate in the fourth annual Age of Sail Marathon in Port Greville on Sunday, Aug. 10.

The marathon includes 5 km, 10 km, half marathon (21.1 km) and full marathon (42.2 km) events. Founding director Joan (McCulley) Czapalay said that the event is great for the local communities.

“The Age of Sail Marathon is a great event, with runners from many provinces and outside the country coming to run and to enjoy local hospitality,” she said. “This is a beautiful part of Nova Scotia for families to visit and have a vacation after the event.”

About 200 runners have participated in the event since it started in 2010.

The Age of Sail Marathon takes its name from the Age of Sail Heritage Centre in Port Greville. The museum is the start and finish line for all four events. It details the history of shipbuilding and lumbering in the area. Proceeds from the marathon, which is a non-profit event, support the Age of Sail Heritage Centre, the Shore Drive Community Development Association, and the FPW Fire Department in Port Greville.

Participants will receive a technical T-shirt with the Age of Sail crest and a finisher’s medal and there will be special prizes for the male and female winners of all four events. Families enjoy the homemade lunch and local entertainment at the nearby fire hall following the event.

“We have something for everyone” said Ava Czapalay, the 2014 race director and Joan Czapalay’s daughter. “The course is certified by Run Nova Scotia and is a registered Boston Qualifier so it suits serious runners. It is an out and back course with lots of water stations that appeal to runners of all experience levels. The lunch and entertainment are highlights for families. And local runners, who successfully complete their race, may apply for a refund of their race registration fee.”

Runners may register for the events on line through the Running Room.

Organizations: Age of Sail Heritage Centre, Shore Drive Community Development Association, FPW Fire Department

Geographic location: Port Greville, Nova Scotia

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