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Pirates, belly dancers and runners

Liverpool Privateer 5 Mile Road Race set for June 24

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
June 19, 2017

LIVERPOOL, N.S. – The year is uncertain, but it all started as a race between two men.
Local soccer coach Joe Mason and prominent businessman Ron Lane, who would later serve as mayor, were the original participants in the Liverpool Privateer 5 Mile Road Race.
“The actual year of the first race is lost in the mists of time but is believed to have been somewhere around 1970, making our race one of the older Nova Scotian races still on the go,” said race director Richard Lane, who is busy gearing up for this year’s event on Saturday, June 24.
The event now draws up to 150 participants every year, and is a signature part of Privateer Days, a history-celebrating festival that includes a battle re-enactment, historic encampment, rum running, musical entertainment and more from the flavor of 1780.

Jo-Anne Lenethan was among the participants in the 2016 Liverpool Privateer 5 Mile Road Race. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, June 24, once again as part of the town’s popular Privateer Days festival.

Photo by Kenny Veinot

“It’s a weekend filled with live music, a grand parade, costumed re-enactments, graveyard tours, food, pirates, parrots, belly dancers and axe throwing,” said Lane. “This is a Nova Scotia signature festival and we think it provides the best post-race entertainment for the whole family, pretty much anywhere.”
As for the run itself, it is a part of the Run Nova Scotia Road Race Series, and is organized by a group of local volunteers.
The race starts at the Liverpool waterfront, leaving town and heading north to the village of Milton. It then crosses the Mersey River, and returns to Liverpool along the river, with the last section on a closed road to the finish line on Henry Hensey Drive.
“It’s a flat and fast run, with no hills, and is very scenic up one side of the river, down the other and finishing in the landscaped gardens of Privateer Park,” said Lane. “For 2017, our course is certified with Athletics Canada, so is perfect, whether you are looking to set a record for the distance, or are looking for the next step up from a 5K.”
The event also features the 10th annual Joe Mason 2-Mile Fun Run, which take place at the same time and offers a walk/run option.
For more on the Liverpool Privateer 5 Mile Road Race, visit here.