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Trail run raising money for Nicaragua trip

Upper Tantallon high school students holding 5K/10K

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Sept. 21, 2017

HUBLEY, N.S. – Next March, 18 students from Sir John A. Macdonald High School in Upper Tantallon will travel all the way to Nicaragua, but first they have a 5K/10K on St. Margaret’s Bay Trail to get through.
The Run/Walk for Nicaragua till take place on Sunday, Sept. 24, as one of several fundraisers for the upcoming trip.
The purpose of the trip is for the students to better understand local and global issues and experience how they can make a difference, made possible through the Free the Children organization, according to race director John Aguinaga.

Sir John A. Macdonald High School students in Upper Tantallon, N.S. will hold a Run/Walk for Nicaragua fundraiser on the St. Margaret’s Bay Trail on Sunday, Sept. 24. Shown here are students at a similar fundraising run for a trip to Ecuador two years ago.

Photo courtesy of John Aguinaga

The trip is being organized by staff at the school, and the run is being handled in large part by the students.
“It engages the students in many aspects, including poster making, promotion, registration, race kit pickup, water stations, childcare while the parents/guardians run the 5K or 10K races, first-aid, finish time tracking, etc.,” said Aguinaga. “Students learn the value of fundraising and it enriches their humanitarian trip experience.”
Starting on the new entrance to the St. Margaret’s Bay Trail behind Redmond’s Home Hardware in Upper Tantallon, the event will kick off with the 2K kids’ walk/run at 11 a.m., followed by the youth/adult 5K and 10K walk/run at noon.
The course is a flat out-and-back, entirely on the St. Margaret’s Bay Rail to Trail, heading east towards Halifax on a newly resurfaced section of the trail, and crosses over Hammonds Plains Road on a former train bridge.
“The course crosses two small wooden bridges, enjoys several beautiful stands of birch trees, wonderful views of flowing brooks, an active beaver dam and a large beaver lodge as it travels along the perimeter of Jerry Lawrence Provincial Park,” said Aguinaga.
Organizers are expecting about 75 participants.
For more on the Run/Walk for Nicaragua, visit here .