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Ocean Breeze Trail Run celebrating five years

Lawrencetown Beach event set for Saturday

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Sept. 26, 2017

LAWRENCETOWN, N.S. – With five years of memories behind the, the folks behind the Ocean Breeze Trail Run have plenty to celebrate.
“We’ve had our ups and downs,” said race director Andy Drouin. “We had years of torrential rain, where we were sure nobody was going to come back, and we’ve had wonderful weather. I think, like with most runs, you kind of roll with it.”
Roll with it they have. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, Sept. 30.
Started by one of the teachers at Halifax Independent School as a fundraiser, the run takes place at Lawrencetown Beach on the beautiful Atlantic View Trail.

The Ocean Breeze Trail Run will celebrate its fifth anniversary on Saturday, Sept. 30 at Lawrencetown Beach in Lawrencetown, N.S. Shown here are participants during the 2K kids’ run at last year’s event.

Photo courtesy of Halifax Independent School

It continues to raise funds for the school, and is co-hosted by the Atlantic View Trail Association.
“At the moment, the school is building a gymnasium, and most of our fundraising efforts are towards that,” said Drouin. “So things are either earmarked for something specific, or it’s a general fundraiser for the school overall.”
The event is put on by a volunteer committee of teachers and parents, with help from many of the students. Halifax Independent School includes students from the pre-primary age to middle schoolers up to Grade Nine, so the race is an opportunity for the older students to be involved with tasks such as helping with the water stations, and especially assisting with the 2K kids’ race, according to Drouin.
The race also does not offer finishers medals, but instead provides finisher’s buttons, all uniquely designed by the students. The bibs are also hand stamped during one of the school’s art classes, giving it that special touch.
“It’s not a big race, it’s small and personal,” she said. “We’d love to grow it. It will never be the Blue Nose, but we’re OK with that.”
That being said, the organizers are hoping for a turnout of about 250, a crowd that make Lawrencetown Beach into quite a busy spot for the morning. Events will include 10K and 5K chip-timed races, as well as a 5K untimed events and the 2K kids’ race. A “Run from Afar” virtual option is also offered.
“The Atlantic View Trail is beautiful, with all crushed gravel trails,” said Drouin. “The 5K and 2K kids’ run are nice and flat, and the 10K goes onto the road a bit and crosses to the other side of the water. There are a few hills involved with that one.”
For more on the Ocean Breeze Trail Run, visit here .