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Run Our Shore to kick off Run NS Performance Series

Annual Liverpool event scheduled for April 23

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
April 11, 2017

LIVERPOOL, N.S. – The Nova Scotia road racing season will kick into high gear on Sunday, April 23, with the fourth annual Run Our Shore event here.
This year the Run Our Shore half marathon will kick off the Run Nova Scotia Performance Series, where finish times are tallied for end-of-the-year cash prizes.
While Run Our Shore has been included in Run Nova Scotia’s Road Race Series in the past, it is its first time in the Performance Series, and assistant race director Steve Burns said they are seeing increased interest.

Participants head out in last year’s Run Our Shore event in Liverpool.

Photo courtesy of Steve Burns

“We’ve already exceeded our half marathon numbers,” said Burns. “We have 61 for the half now, and 31 of those are Run Nova Scotia members. We only had 27 last year, so we’re already blowing those numbers away and we have two weeks left.”
Run Our Shore is a fairly new event but growing rapidly in participation, making it an appealing choice to kick off this year’s Performance Series, according to series coordinator Matt McNeil.
“The main reason I thought Run Our Shore would be a great way to kick off the series was because it could be a good way for people to test themselves and get a fast time early in the season, especially if they are planning on doing a spring marathon,” said McNeil. “It lines up very well with May marathons like Fredericton and Ottawa.”
Run Our Shore offers a half marathon, a 10K, 5K and a wheelchair event,
which is held on the indoor track at Queens Place Emera Centre, which
also serves as the start and finish point for the other races.
The race routes feature the Brooklyn and Beach Meadows areas, as opposed to the Liverpool Privateer 5 Mile Road Race in June, which features the Mersey River and Milton areas, creating bookends of two popular running events in Queens County.
The location is one of the reasons for the event’s success, he said, adding that he expects to exceed the 225 mark this year and will hopefully reach 240-250 participants.
“I think we’re sort of a hub location, about 1:30-1:45 away from Halifax, the valley, Yarmouth, so it’s sort of a good spot to start the season out,” said Burns. “I think in the first year our event was on May 3, and we’re a little earlier this year on April 23, but we’ve been the beneficiary of awesome weather every year. Knock on wood.”
For more information on Run Our Shore, visit here .