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!!