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Lighting up the trail with MEC

Night run to take place at MacDonald Park on Sept. 8

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Sept. 5, 2017

WAVERLEY, N.S. – Music, lights, food, and sweaty friends.
All of the above and more promises to make for a fun night for 200 runners who will be taking part in the MEC Halifax Night Light Trail Race on Friday, Sept. 8.
Separate from the MEC Halifax Race Series, this event is not part of a Run Nova Scotia series either. It is not chip timed, nor is it sanctioned in any way.
“This one is a bit more about having fun, being social, and trying something different,” said Cliff Pratt, member services manager for the Halifax MEC store. “We are very excited about it.”

The annual MEC Halifax Night Light Trail Race will take place at MacDonald Sports Park in Waverley, N.S. on Friday, Sept. 8. Shown here is one of the previous MEC night runs.

Photo courtesy of MEC Halifax

The run itself is just the start of the fun. Post-run festivities will include beer samples from North Brewing, and food for purchase available from Smokenstein.
Unlike the other MEC Halifax runs, which have drawn upwards of 600-700 runners this year, the night run will be kept a bit smaller.
“We are capping it at 200 runners because of the course and visibility,” said Pratt.
For more on the MEC Night Light Trail Race, visit here.
The night race will be a 5K fun run through the trail system of MacDonald Sports Park in Waverley, beginning at 9 p.m.
“The course will be lit with glow sticks and, along the trail, we will hide flashing MEC lights,” said Pratt. “When you find them and return them to the registration desk, you will get a gift card.”
All runners are required to have a bright headlamp to help them see the trail, and bright and colourful outfits are encouraged.