Monthly Archives: May 2014

Penguin Run Morning details

Hello racers, runners, and walkers – we are just a few sleeps away from the Penguin Run this Saturday morning! Here are some details to help ensure your Penguin Run experience is amazing!

Race kit pick-up: Bib and t-shirt pick-up will be available at the Lion’s Den on Saturday morning beginning at 7:00 am, ending at 8:15 am for 5K runners. The bib and t-shirt pick-up will continue throughout the morning for youth runners. Please check the approximate youth schedule below, and ensure you arrive in plenty of time to collect these goodies prior to race time.

Parking / Shuttle: The youth run will be held on site on the trails at the Enfield Lion’s Den (162 Old Enfield Road, Enfield), and the 5K will start and finish at the Lion’s Den. Parking is limited at the Lion’s Den; all participants will not be able to park on site. The alternatives are parking nearby, or using our shuttle service. The parking lot at the Lion’s Den will be open on a first come, first serve basis on Saturday morning. Please note that access to the parking lot will be shut down completely from 8:15 to 9:30, as the 5K race uses the Lion’s Den entrance as race start/finish. Please do not park in the lot if you have to depart prior to 9:30.

There is parking available nearby at the following locations: (a) the wide shoulder of the northbound lane of the Old Enfield Road (the southbound shoulder, the side nearest the Lion’s Den, MUST be kept clear for the safety of our 5K runners). If you park along the Old Enfield Road, please ensure you are completely off the paved road, with all four tires on gravel. (b) Approximately 300m north of the Lion’s Den is Mayflower Drive, which has a side street Cranberry Court. Cranberry Court is connected to the Lion’s Den field by a rough path that runs along a drainage ditch between lots 8 and 9 on the Court’s cul-de-sac. Parking along Mayflower Drive and Cranberry Court provide an excellent offroad shortcut to the Lion’s Den – but a quick scramble through a dry gravel ditch is required.

We will also have three Green Rider vans serving as a shuttle, running continuously from the front parking lot of the Golden Harvest Restaurant (12 Old Enfield Rd) to the Lion’s Den. The parking lot behind the Golden Harvest and Parker Place mall (take your first left after the Golden Harvest on to Old Horne Settlement Rd East) is available – please do not park in the Golden Harvest parking lot or the front Parker Place mall parking lot. There will also be parking available at the Catholic Church in Enfield, a short walk to the shuttle area. Volunteers will be on site at the Golden Harvest to provide direction. Please ensure you include shuttle wait time and transfer time when planning your arrival time at the Lion’s Den. Carpooling is highly recommended!

Start times: The 5K begins at 8:30, from the entrance to the Lion’s Den. The roads are not closed to traffic, so please be aware of vehicles while running. The youth run begins at 9:30am. It will be run in waves, by age group, to allow for smaller groups of similarly aged children to run together.  See more detailed information below.

Awards: Awards for the 5K will be presented at 9:45. The youth run will have awards presented throughout the morning, following the various waves, with the exception of the Tykes wave which is strictly participation based (all Tykes will receive a participation medal).

Youth 1.5K Run Information:   The youth run will be run on the trails behind the Lion’s Den by waves based on age category.  For those unfamiliar with the course, there will be a walk through starting at 9:00am.  In addition, there will be course marshals along the course to direct runners during each wave. Each wave will take approximately 30 minutes.  It is highly recommended that runners plan to be on site at least one hour prior to the approximate start time of their wave.

Wave Number Category Year of Birth Distance Approximate Start Time
1 ALL Tykes 2009 and Up 750m (1 loop) 9:30am
2 Mosquito Girls 2008, 2007, 2006 1.5K (2 loops) 10:00am
3 Mosquito Boys 2008, 2007, 2006 1.5K (2 loops) 10:30am
4 ALL Peewee 2005, 2004 1.5K (2 loops) 11:00am
5 ALL Bantam ALL Midget 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999 1.5K (2 loops) 11:30am

Each runner will receive a medal at the finish line.  In addition, a small award ceremony will occur at the end of each wave to recognize the top 3 male and top 3 female finishers in each age category within waves 2 – 5.

Mmmm… Food: There will be delicious food prepared by Cup of Soul café available for all runners post run in the building at the Lion’s Den.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday morning!!

Guest Post: from our friends at the Enfield PharmaChoice

Run a mile in their shoes

Have you ever wondered what would make a local pharmacy sponsor a race like the Penguin Run? We don’t sell shoes or workout gear. We don’t offer running workshops nor are we experts on running, as much as I would like to say I ran a marathon someday!

One of the main reasons the Enfield PharmaChoice supports activities like the Penguin Run has more to do with our motto of providing ‘Advice for Life’. We provide people of all ages, and all shapes and sizes with the advice and support they need to make good decisions for themselves and their families. We are supporting the Penguin Run again this year because its objective is to get families moving, whether their workout clothes are spandex or sweatpants.

When it comes to the kids or youth run, parents do have an important role to play, one that you may be avoiding given your busy lives or the feeling you are nagging  your children once again. However, going out for a run does not have to be an activity your children dread but one where they will want to participate.

Consider these 10 steps when getting your little runners out the door!

  1. The first step is going out with your little runners. Walk the talk when it comes to exercise!
  2. Try to warm up with a fun activity for 5 minutes. Do something as simple as jumping jacks. Have your teen pick out your warm up so that they feel involved.
  3. Be certain your child is comfortable when running. They should try to keep their back and neck straight and their arms to the side. Something fun is to encourage them to smile. It may be hard to believe but smiling can relax their muscles and remind them the activity is supposed to be fun.
  4. You do not have to spend a fortune, but before running be sure they are wearing good running shoes and comfortable clothes and that their shoelaces are tied.
  5. Remind them of that famous fable of the tortoise and the hare, where slow and easy wins the race! Most new runners will want to go out and run fast, which can wear them out.
  6. Mix it up. Alternate walking and running to ensure they don’t burn out too quickly. Most systems include alternating running and walking for 30 seconds each until they can extend their run a little more.
  7. Make your motto to go further than the day before. Most kids love a challenge. As they learn to run a little further, encourage them to go a little further each time.
  8. Little muscles need to cool down just like famous athletes. Five minutes of stretching can protect them from injury.
  9. Recognize their efforts no matter how little or much they have accomplished, especially in the beginning. Be your child’s cheerleader until they start to see results. Hive-fives are a plus!
  10. Remember to have fun. The objective is to have a happy, healthy, active child.

Early Kit Pick-Up

Have you registered yet??

Early race kit pick-up will be available from Monday, May 26th at 6pm to Friday May 30th at 6pm for all those registered prior to midnight on Sunday, May 25th.

T-shirts and race bibs for the 5k can be picked up at Strides Health and Fitness Center in Elmsdale during business hours.

T-shirts and race bibs for the Youth 1.5k can be picked up at Enfield Pharmachoice during business hours.

If registering after Sunday, May 25th, your race kit will need to picked up race day morning by 8:15am for the 5k and by 9:15am for the 1.5k Youth Run.

Race day is almost here!!

Enfield PharmaChoice & Penguin Run Colouring Contest Rules

Enfield PharmaChoice and the Penguin Run are offering this contest to anyone wishing to participate. The Enfield PharmaChoice Colouring Contest begins May 1, 2014 and closes on May 25, 2014.

Contest is open to any persons who are fourteen (14) years of age or younger and who reside in Nova Scotia (each a “Contestant”), except those persons who are employees of Enfield PharmaChoice and the immediate family members of such persons.

To enter this contest, Contestant must:
Colour a picture on a 8.5 x 11 page (or smaller)
Provide the contestant’s name, age, mailing address, and telephone number on the back of the submitted sheet;
Bring the colouring to the Enfield PharmaChoice and present it to one of the team members so that they can display the artwork.
All entries must be received on or before May 25, 2014. All entries received have an equal chance of winning. The chances of winning depend on the number of entries received.

There will be one registration awarded for either the kids 1.5K or the youth 5K run. The winner will be randomly selected from all eligible entries. The draw will take place on May 26, 2014. The contest organizers will contact the prize winner by telephone. If it is not possible to contact the prize winner within a period of seventy two (72) hours after the prize draw, the contest organizers reserve the right to disqualify that entry and select another entry by random draw as a prize winner. The prize winner may transfer the registration to another participant. If the prize winner has already registered, they will have the option of deferring their free registration to the 2015 Penguin Run.


By entering the contest, entrants agree to be bound by the rules of the contest and release the contest organizers and all parties associated with this contest from any liability with respect to the contest. By entering this contest, contestants and their legal parent(s) or guardian(s) consent to the contest organizers publishing or announcing the prize winner’s name and photograph(s) through social and traditional media without permission or compensation to the contestant. All entries become the property of the contest organizers and none will be returned unless the individuals wish to return to the Enfield PharmaChoice and retrieve them within a period of one week following the end of the colouring contest.
All decisions made by the contest organizers with respect to the contest will be final. Contest organizers will not enter into correspondence with any contestant except with the selected prize winner.

Any inquiries or concerns relating to the contest should be addressed to David Caswell with Enfield PharmaChoice at 902- 883-9432 or