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Acadia 5K colour run well received

First-time event draws more than 100 participants

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
April 9, 2017

WOLFVILLE, N.S. – More than 100 runners and walkers added a little colour to their lives on Saturday, April 8.
The Acadia 5K: A Run to Dye For marked the completion of an eight-week learn-to-run program as the school year winds down at Acadia University and its Exercise is Medicine (EIM) group.
“I think the event went really well,” said Majeedah Belding, vice-president of events for the Acadia campus chapter of EIM. “We did run into a few very minor snags, but overall the event was a success.”
The weather was cloudy with a threat of rain, but it held off during the run.

The Acadia 5K: A Run to Dye For, was a fun colour run for the whole family to enjoy on Saturday, April 8.

Photo courtesy of Exercise is Medicine Acadia

The 5K loop course began and ended on campus at Acadia, with colour stations throwing a different burst if colour onto the runners at each kilometer marker.
“I think this is a fun way to motivate the runners,” said Theresa Dalueg, one of the estimated 115 participants. “I’ve never done a colour run before but I really liked it. The layout of the running path was very friendly to all kinds of runners (kids, students, older individuals) and because the run proceeds went to a good cause, I didn’t mind skipping time to study for my finals.”
Exercise is Medicine is a global health initiative managed by the American College of Sports Medicine, committed to the belief that physical activity is integral in the prevention and treatments of diseases and should be regularly assessed and treated as part of all health care.
Participant Morgann Davis was impressed with the first-time event and its organizers.
“I’ve worked alongside Erick, Alex and Kelsey all year as CSEP Practicum students, and they have grown the program so much,” she said. “I was super happy to have such a great turnout.”
Natasha Wolsey-Melanson, who ran the 5K with her sister, said the event was well organized.
“It was a good route, all the side streets of Wolfville, so not a lot of traffic,” she said. “At each dye station, they sprayed you down and gave you encouragement to keep going. Even the guys at the corners showing you which way to go were cheering you on to keep going. It was a great event, and I will do it again next year.”
Belding said they have received a lot of positive feedback from runners who said they enjoyed the event, which she said was their main goal.
“We’re looking forward to getting more feedback from everyone so we can make the event even better for next year,” she said.