Hey runners & walkers!
You may know that the Penguin Run is 100% volunteer driven. The team behind the event donates their time to give back to the community, and to give back to the sport of running – a pursuit that has given us so much!
Our participants over the years have also been very generous. A few years ago, we introduced the concept of ‘bling or benevolence’. We encourage all of our 5K participants to receive a finisher’s medal if they value it. However, if the medal is simply going to be added an overfull junk drawer, consider passing on receiving a finisher’s medal, and the Penguin Run will make a donation on your behalf! Over the last two years, this has allowed us to deliver eight Sparks Fly stationary bikes to area schools. This year, we will continue to contribute to area schools, but shift our focus to replacing some of the old, tired equipment of the cross country and track teams that represent our middle school and high school. All of our Youth Run participants will receive a medal; the choice of taking or leaving a medal is left to our 5K participants.
We will also be collecting food bank donations on behalf of the Shu-Mil & Hardwoodlands 4H Clubs, who are holding a community food drive for the Shumilack Food Bank and the Caring & Sharing Food Bank. We welcome any and all food items and donations!
A last note on giving back – we can’t pass up an opportunity to thank our sponsors! Enfield Pharmachoice and Strides Health and Fitness have been wonderful partners over the years; their generosity allows us to operate this event. The Enfield, Elmsdale & District Lion’s Club provide us a fantastic venue each year. Payzant Home Hardware is lending us event tents, and Ritchie Gilby Construction generously donated the gravel to keep our Youth Run trails in great shape! What a community we are a part of!
Race day is quickly approaching! For our runners and walkers that register by May 28th, we will have an early kit pick up available on May 31st, June 1st and June 2nd. You’ll have your t-shirt and bib (including timing bib for 5K) in advance, making for a smooth race morning.
Our Youth Runners will be able to pick up their race kit at the Enfield Pharmachoice; and our 5K runners will be able to pick up their race kits at Strides Health and Fitness.
If registering after May 28th, you’ll only be able to pick up your race kits on race morning. Remember, online registration only!
A preview of our 2017 shirts! Early bird (early penguin??) pricing in effect until May 1st!
The Penguin Run has partnered with head coach of the Halifax Road Hammers to help experienced runners achieve a personal best at the Penguin Run this year!
Lee McCarron has put together a schedule that will have you ready to hammer the pavement on June 3rd. For $80, you will receive:
– A custom 8 week training program, based on your race goals and running background
– An introductory consultation, and a weekly email debrief as you train
– An individualized race plan, based on your training results
– Entry into the Penguin Run, with its certified course, and including race t-shirt and electronic timing
The Halifax Road Hammers were named Club of the Year by Canadian Running in 2016. This is a great way to learn why!
The 2017 Penguin Run will take place on June 3, 2017.
Registration is now open at:
The summer months of July and August are squarely behind us, bringing cooler weather for our early runs, balanced by diminished daylight as we sneak in our later runs. It also means a return to school for all the little penguins out there. Some children can find the classroom a tough environment in September, with carefree days still in recent memory, and the sun shining on green grass.
Thanks to your help, kids in East Hants elementary schools will now have a great outlet for their excessive energy on sunny September days… and dark February mornings! We are very excited to announce that SIX additional Sparks Fly stationary bikes are heading to area schools. They will be joining the two bikes we donated year, meaning Enfield, Elmsdale, Lantz and Shubenacadie elementary schools will each have two bikes.
How did we get here? We’d like to thank all of the runners that opted to support the Sparks Fly initiative. Choosing to bypass a well-deserved medal after a hard effort in a 5k can be a difficult decision, so we hope you enjoy the contribution you made to our area youth. We’d like to thank our sponsors, Enfield Pharmachoice and Strides Health and Fitness for supporting this endeavour, as well as several anonymous donors that contributed to the effort. The Municipality of East Hants was a great partner again this year, contributing significant funds to our Sparks Fly campaign – a special thanks to councillor John A. MacDonald for his support with our grant request. All of the above allowed for us to secure three Sparks Fly bikes, and our partners at Sparks Fly confirmed that the Province of Nova Scotia will match – getting us to six, sorry, SIX! bikes!
Thanks to all – we look forward to seeing what we can accomplish with your help in 2017!
The 5k results can be found at this link:
The youth run results are captured in the images below: