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5K for the food bank

Pumpkin Pacer returns to Hantsport Oct. 21

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Oct. 12, 2017

HANTSPORT, N.S. – It was the spring of 2012, and Susan Carey had just taken part in her first sprint triathlon at the age of 59.
How does one follow that up? Carey was gung-ho to try and organize a 5K race in Hantsport.
She did just that, and the first Pumpkin Pacer 5K was added to the schedule of the Hantsport Harvest Fest that fall. The annual event will take place this year on Saturday, Oct. 21.
The event has two goals, according to Carey.“One is to support the food bank by asking runners to bring food bank donations,” she explained. “Food bank volunteers also provide a breakfast post-race for the runner, which Harvest Fest pays for. If there is any money left – usually there isn’t – we give them that as well.”

The annual Pumpkin Pacer 5K will take place in Hantsport, N.S. on Saturday, Oct. 21. Shown here is participant Arnold Robertson during last year’s run.

Photo courtesy of Susan Carey

The second goal is to encourage new people to participate in the race, either by running or walking, and at least one “newbie” registration is given away each season.
Once again, this year’s event will be soaking up the season, starting and finishing at the Hantsport Memorial Community Centre.
“This year’s course is much like other years,” said Carey. “It’s not too hilly, with beautiful colours along some sections, and a view of the water along Avon Street.”
Last year’s event drew more than 100 participants despite a downpour on race day, and Carey is hoping to match that total again this year.
For more on the Pumpkin Pacer 5K, visit here .