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New location for Sole Sisters October event

Women’s 5K, quarter and half moves to Graham’s Grove

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Sept. 29, 2017

DARTMOUTH, N.S. – If June was the kickoff of something special for the thousands-plus Sole Sisters participants, then October is the payoff.
That’s what race director Stacy Chesnutt had in mind when she started the women’s October event, featuring quarter and half marathon distances, last year. This year, it will take place on Sunday, Oct. 1.
“At that point, we had already had four of the June 5K races, and I wanted something for the girls doing Sole Sisters to build towards,” she said.

Nicole Demers (left) and Louise Cribbie were among the half marathon participants in last year’s Sole Sisters Quarter & Half Marathon. This year’s event will take place in Dartmouth, N.S. on Sunday, Oct. 1.

Photo courtesy of Stacy Chesnutt

“In some capacity, it’s for competitive runners, but it’s more like, ‘I’ve been doing this, I’m more confident with the 5K, and I want to go for something longer and more challenging’.”
Unlike the June event, the October race is chip timed, although participants have the option of not being timed. About 25 per cent of the field makes that choice.
Although the event is billed as a quarter and half marathon, it also includes a 5K option.
“Last year, it was going to be just a quarter and a half marathon, but I started hearing from people late last summer how a timed 5K is a progression from an untimed 5K,” said Chesnutt. “So we added the 5K in.”
This year’s event will be taking at a new location, having moved to Graham’s Grove from its former home in the Burnside Industrial Park.
The new course will be familiar to anyone who has taken part in the Epic Canadian event on July 1, including a trip around beautiful Lake Banook, and a section of Shubie Park for the quarter and half marathon runners.
The new location also provides an opportunity to create some fun moments. For the last kilometer of the run, cheers will be coming from supporters in paddleboats and a dragon boat on the lake, while members of the Anchor City Rollers roller derby league will be on hand to bring in the finishers.
“It’s going to be ridiculous, in a good way, and we couldn’t have done that in Burnside,” said Chesnutt.
Many of the popular elements of the June race, such as the all-star cheering squad, will be on the course. Also taking place at the same time in the park will be yoga classes, an Athletics Nova Scotia track and field event, and the Little Miss Sole Sister event, offering 2K and 4K options, will be happening 10:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.
A large crowd is expected, including more than 1,000 participants, and 300 volunteers.
“It will be a bit bigger than last year,” said Chesnutt. “I expect it will be amazing and even more fun, because there will be more activities going on. One of the things I wanted was to create a bit of a festival atmosphere.”
For more on Sole Sisters, visit here .