May 28th – early kit pick up deadline

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!

Eight Weeks to a Shiny Personal Best!

roadhammersThe 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!

Sparks Fly!

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!

That’s a wrap for 2016!

Wow – what a day!  Race day comes once a year, and 2016 was another unforgettable adventure! This post is a shout out to everyone who helped make today happen:

Our Sponsors. Enfield Pharmachoice and Strides Health & Fitness. David Caswell, Leslie Wilbur and their teams are pretty much the best partners you could ask for. They do so much for their communities – the Penguin Run is only a part of the support they lend to the East Hants area. Thank you.

There are many other generous area businesses and organizations that also help us out tremendously. Cup of Soul Cafe puts together some very tasty treats, and allows our limited dollars to stretch way further than they should. Panacea Spring Water donates water to the event ever year. The Enfield & Elmsdale Lion’s Club provides a great venue for us to host a 5K road race and an off road youth run together. C100 and Moya Farrell pumped some tunes and welcomed our runners home. The Enfield Fire Department always lends us a hand. Thank you.

Our volunteers. This whirlwind of a day could not happen without the “Penguin Crew”. Our race is 100% volunteer run – everyone wearing an orange shirt is giving up their Saturday to help out! Many of our volunteers spend many more hours in the lead up to the race: hanging banners, clearing trails, ordering race supplies, putting the finishing touches on bricks, loading pylons, transforming cars into penguins… the list is long, but so too are the hands. It was also great to see so many of our high school students/recent grads helping out today. Thank you.

Our running community. Run Nova Scotia has been great to partner with over the years. A board member of Run Nova Scotia, Mike Bergeron joined us on stilts today to help entertain. Tim and Stacy Chesnutt, area race directors (including EPIC and Sole Sisters), have participated in our event over multiple years. Tim has a great talent with his camera, and generously shares his photos with us.  Thank you.

Our runners. It was great to have so many positive people at the race today. We know parking is a challenge, and the race route could be repaved. However, I have not heard one complaint about any aspect of the race. It was great of you to choose to spend your Saturday at the Penguin Run – we hope to see you in 2017! Thank you.

Lastly, a personal thank you. Coach Lee McCarron is one of the finest distance coaches in Nova Scotia. Many of his athletes raced the Penguin Run this morning, and helped deliver a competitive field to Enfield. The Penguin Run is about community involvement and participation, and it is great to see that a sharp tip of the spear fits in very well. Thank you.