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Running for the lobster on July 9

Annual carnival features 5K, 10K races

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
July 6, 2017

PICTOU, N.S. – The end of lobster season is just the beginning here.
The Pictou Lobster Carnival is under way here now, and the annual Run for the Lobster on Sunday, July 9 will be part of a busy weekend of activities that include a street parade, antique car show, beer gardens, live music, lobster supper and more.
“A lot of people come for the run and stay for the day on Sunday,” said race director Terry Curley. “It’s always a big festival, and the run fits right in.”
In fact, it’s been a fixture on the Pictou County summer schedule for 41 years now.

The annual Run for the Lobster will take place in Pictou, N.S. on Sunday, July 9. Shown here are participants starting off in last year’s race.

Photo courtesy of Run for the Lobster

Featuring 5K and 10K races, the loop course starts and finishes at the Advocate Printing parking lot on Browns Point Road, taking in the main street of Pictou and the Jitney Trail before winding up back at the Advocate site. It is a 5K course, with 10K runners completing it twice.
The course is fairly flat or downhill, other than a slight 200m climb near the finish line, and much of it is along the waters of the Northumberland Strait.
“It’s a good location for us,” said Curley.
“There’s lots of parking on site, and lots of room for everybody. We used to start it downtown, but it’s logistically easier for us here.”
The run usually draws around 400 people, and about 60-70 of those are students. Like other events in the Johnny Miles Running Event series, students and children run for free.
In the past, the event has been part of the Run Nova Scotia Road Race Series, and Curley said he would like to have it included again next year, as the series has no other events taking place that weekend.
For more on the Run for the Lobster, visit here .