Age of Sail inspires local marathon

Andrew Wagstaff
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PORT GREVILLE – It all started with a little fun between siblings.

Joan Czapalay was having a conversation with her daughter Ava and son Stefan in Ward’s Brook a few years ago, when talk somehow led to the potential for a nice marathon run between Port Greville, Parrsboro and back.

“The hills, flats and beautiful scenery through the villages along the Parrsboro shore invites a run or a hike, so when we were having a family get-together at my old house in 2007, Ava and Stefan decided to go for a run to town and back,” recalled Czapalay. “They enjoyed the run so much that they kept saying what a great marathon route it would be.”

The result of that 2007 family fun run was the first Age of Sail Marathon, which will take place on Sunday, Aug. 14. The event will include a full marathon from the Age of Sail museum in Ward’s Brook to Ship’s Company Theatre in Parrsboro and back, while also included will be a half marathon,  a 10K and a 5K run.

Chairing the event is Czapalay, had been a volunteer at the first Barrington Marathon more than 40 years ago, and saw that event grow to be the Nova Scotia Marathon which attracts runners and their families from across the country and beyond.

Her children are experienced runners. Ava has run 16 full marathons, including Boston, Philadelphia, Ottawa and Dubai, as well as the Bluenose Marathons, while Stefan also participates in ultra-marathons and recently completed the challenging Sulphur Springs 100-mile run in 24 hours. Last year both participated in the Canadian Death Race in Grande Cache, Alta.

Registration information is available at

(For the full story, see the July 14 issue of The Citizen-Record)

Organizations: Sail museum, Company Theatre in Parrsboro, The Citizen-Record

Geographic location: PORT GREVILLE, Parrsboro, Boston Philadelphia Ottawa Dubai Grande Cache

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