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Running with Sparky

Kingston Fire Department hosting annual 5K

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
June 30, 2017

KINGSTON, N.S. – Firefighters are often running to the scene of an emergency. Now you can run, while they cheer you on.
The Kingston Fire Department will host the seventh annual Sparky 5K Fun Run and Walk in Kingston, N.S. on the evening of Friday, July 7.
The goal of the event is to have fun year after year, according to Allison Ruggles of the planning committee.
“This event brings the firefighters to you in a fun, light atmosphere,” she said. “Most people associate firefighters with emergencies and heartache. We want to show our community who we are, show our equipment, and be part of the fun.”

Sparky the Fire Dog and the Kingston Fire Department will host the annual Sparky 5K Fun Run and Walk on Friday, July 7. Shown here is the group from last year.

Brian Taylor Photography

The event began as a fundraiser a team from the fire department had to raise funds for the Arthritis Society, which they did for a few years, raising $75,000 for the cause. Now the proceeds raised go back into the event to make it bigger and better each year.
A committee of four people – three firefighters and a spouse – work year round to plan the event.
“We strive to keep the 5K a family-friendly event with the theme to be all fire department related,” said Ruggles. “Firefighters and our fire apparatus will be along the route, cheering participants along.”
The course travels through the village on sidewalks, starting and finishing at the Credit Union Centre. The fire station is located along the route, serving as a water stop, and a water curtain is also set up to spray down anyone interested.
The event is capped at 200 participants, and organizers are hoping to reach that.
“Each year we have a fantastic event and we believe this year will be the same,” she said.
For more on the Sparky 5K Fun Run and Walk, visit here .