OFF AND RUNNING

Jill Fowler
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Hundreds turnout for chance to run across the Bay of Fundy floor /3

OFF AND RUNNING

FIVE ISLANDS - The Not Since Moses run in Five Islands is a race like no other.
Finishing times are relative, and personal bests are met through the beauty of five scenic islands.
"It's a one-of-a-kind race," explained Jennifer Neill. "You don't want to be the first to finish, you want to stop and take photos along the way." Neill is part of a running group from Fredericton that made the trip down for the event.
"Out of all the races we run, this one is definitely the best."
Neill and her group of seven were part of the nearly 650 racers who participated in this past weekend's events.
For Darin Luke, a friend of Neill, the race was all about the scenery, and the picturesque setting.
"It was a break from the rat race," explained the Fredericton resident. "Out of all the races we have run, this one is by far my favourite."
During the course of the race, runners trek along the shore of Five Islands, across the mud flats while the tide permits and along the coastline of Moose and Long islands.
Racers must then wait on Long Island until it is safe for boats to cross, bringing them back to shore.
Luke explained that "not in our dreams" had they participated in something so
amazing.
The group recalls a bird they saw nesting along the route, and jokes that were tossed around while racing across rocks on the ocean floor.
"We called it barnacle traction," the group laughed.
Even after 10 tough kilometres the group was all smiles as they packed up their car for the trip home.
"There was always something new to see, everywhere you looked," said Neill.
It was the first time the group had participated in the race and all say they are adamant about returning next year.
For Margaret Davis one of the most amazing parts of the race was the tranquility felt when on the island.
"There is no outside noise when you're over there," explained the Truro resident. "It's just beautiful, just lovely."
The mother of two boys has attended the race all three years it has been held.
"It's amazing to be able to walk on the ocean floor," she explained. "It isn't a race to win, it's a race to finish and to enjoy."
Event organizer Dick Lemon admits it is a lot of work, but loves it none the less.
"It's a race to celebrate the beauty of the area," said Lemon, who owns Long Island.
Lemon, a retired lawyer from California, has become quite passionate about the area he now resides in.
"I wanted people to be able to experience what I get to see every day."
Dick hopes to be able to host an unlimited number of participants next year so he has decided to change the course next year.
Runners will race down the coast of Five Islands, past a rock formation call Old Wife towards the Moroccan cliffs.

jfowler@trurodaily.com

Geographic location: California, Fredericton, Bay of Fundy Long Island Long islands Truro

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