The Penguin Run committee is happy to announce that our 5K runners will once again have a decision to make when they cross our finish line in 2016. Rather than provide every finisher of our 5K Road Race with a finisher’s medal, we will provide you with a choice: any runner who wanted a medal should take one, and be proud of their race! Runners who would prefer to celebrate their achievement without a medal are welcome to take a pass on receiving one, and opt to have the Penguin Run to make a donation towards the purchase of a Sparks Fly stationary bike on your behalf. Bling or benevolence: you choose your own adventure. All of our Youth Run participants will continue to receive a medal.
Sparks Fly bikes are silent, stationary cycles that are placed in classrooms to provide students an outlet for their energy, and allow them to better focus their attention. With this initiative, the Penguin Run will be donating a Sparks Fly bike to an elementary school in East Hants. In 2015, we were fortunate to partner with the Municipality of East Hants, and delivered two bikes to local schools: both Enfield and Elmsdale elementary received one. We will apply for this funding again in 2016, and hopefully again be able to secure two bikes!