2017.. A Success

Sunday April 23 a chilly crisp morning overcast at the start however 203 took part and ran the newly measured course in the 5K/10K and Half (Performance Series). ATHLETICS CANADA Certified.
Outstanding effort by all involved.
Back inside at Queens Place a reception for the group.
Fun day and supported by so many volunteers!
Back next year April 22, 2018!5th anniversary Run!

RUN OUR SHORE .. APRIL 29 & APRIL 30. 2016 Brooklyn, Queens County, Nova Scotia

The 3rd Annual Run Our Shore was held April 29 and 30, 2016. The 2 day event was the biggest and best yet for Active Living Options Society!

Run Nova Scotia and its ideals line up perfectly with our goals as an event and Not for Profit society. We want to enhance the opportunity for inclusiveness and give people of all ages a vehicle to improve their physical and mental health, grow relationships and of course fuel economic spin-off for our community.

Run Our Shore kicked off the RUN NOVA SCOTIA season series. We are very proud to have accomplished becoming a member of the official series.

Our event has been very fortunate to have ‘perfect weather’ 3 years consecutive. One of Run Our Shores great fans Edward Cobb (a RNS member) has commented he will continue to be back to this event and can’t get over how great the weather is year after year …Edward perhaps you are the good luck charm!

Planning over the first few years was very precise when it came to routes and ‘swag. 2016 the difference became obvious as time neared that ‘swag’ and its precision would need some improvement going forward. We had great shirts and singlets, awesome medals BUT undershot where we felt the overall number would end for participants.  

I would say and most would agree we did meet the challenge, subbed what we could, kept communication as a group and with individuals who would be affected very high and to date I am encourages that worked. 2017 we will start our April 29 goal at 200.

The routes will be officially measured for 2017!

The reception started a few minutes later than planned and we changed the seat format. The room was more formal in design than the informal setting of past years however as numbers grew the change was felt necessary. Next year we are set to loosen it up again- streamline prize award and finisher awards and cut some time out! 

Our presenters were simply outstanding at the reception. Noel Paine joined us as a guest from Ottawa recounting a number of stories pf major accomplishment in his running career, returning home to inspire and kick off our season! Courteney once again provided a thoughtful and inspiring message and two very special young men from Lunenburg-Queens Special Olympics Nicholas Skorenyko and Matt Fay participated in the 5KM and were special guests at the reception.

2016 saw the event participation grow by 57% year over year to 193 on April 30. The combination of a much better and more predictable winter for training, the addition of the event to the RNS Series obvious keys! 

NUMBERS TELL A STORY! 2016 total participants: 193 timed (74 in 5KM, 66 in the 10KM, 53 in the Half), 74 RNS members 38%, 67% participants female and 33% male. Our Youth event (non timed and again attracted 40 and the mobility event down at 4 participants. There were 7 official deferrals to 2017. Great to see local Queens participation increase!

2015 total: 123 timed (32 in 5KM, 59 in the 10KM , 32 in the Half) 

2014 total: 145 timed (50 in 5KM, 52 in 10KM, 43 in the Half)

We are pleased with the growth of the media platforms for the event over time:

Twitter @RunShore : 430 Followers, 701 Following, 285 Likes

Facebook http://www.facebook.com/runshore/ : 400 Likes

Website http://www.runourshore.com : 4600 visits and 12,700 page views

CONSISTENCY BREEDS SUCCESS and continuous improvement: Atlantic Chip Timing and Race Roster platforms, Mark Stein Running MC, Queens Ground Search and Rescue, RCMP, Port Medway Fire Department, our board and annual volunteers, sponsors who return such as Scotiabank – Atlantic Superstore- Liverpool Best Western- 5th Sense Massage- Kelly Hatt Dentistry – Liverpool Chiropractor and supporters such as Queens Place Emera Centre.

The event was a tremendous success. We look forward to new partnerships, events and new friendships over the next few years.We will field your feedback and continue to improve!

We are excited and proud of the support shown by Run Nova Scotia led by Tim Duguay!

Stay tuned 2017 will be here before you know it!   Steve Burns co-race director


 

RUN OUR SHORE 2015 started Friday evening May 1 at Queens Place Emera Centre with a YOUTH event that saw 40 young people participate in youth activity on the property, receive a prize and treat … fun for both the participants and parents!

The Mobility event had 9 participants and caretakers do a 4 lap event around the inside track at the facility. All participants received a medal, gift bag and a shirt. Great time and participation and the local Privateer Mudder teens assisted.
Saturday was a great day! Bit on the cold side to start but everyone warmed up to the Running MC Mark Stein and Courteney Osborne.
The 5KM had 32 participants, the 10KM 59 and the Half also 32. Those are individuals who chose to use the chip.
The course was seen as a good challenge for runners and everyone really had a great time.
The volunteers to ran the finish line/food and the kit/registration portions did a super job and the team out on the course with the local Queens Ground Search and Rescue did a flawless job ensuring proper direction as maintained along the course.
The reception at Best Western was packed and there were motivational speeches Courteney and Michel-Lucien [joggler!], great running stories Matt/Lisa/Heather/Ahmed, prizes and placing recognition.
Great execution overall and super to see so many engaged and motivated in the community.
2014 saw the inaugural event hosted by Active Living Options Society…Its a Shore Thing! Year two 2015 sees a re-brand as RUN OUR SHORE!

Facts 2015
135 participants
excess 70% female
13 from Queens County 10%
Valley…
Yarmouth/Barrington/Shelburne…
Bridgewater/Lunenburg
Fredericton – 1
Metro


 

FUN FACTS 2014
Inaugural Event ,It’s A Shore Thing ,was held May 3,2014. Below a few facts from that event.

151 participants, 101 Female 67% and 50 Male 33%
11 run/walk clubs represented
Queens Co. 45 persons 30%
Metro 51 persons 33%
Lunenburg Co. 24 persons 16%
Valley 17 persons 11%
Shelburne/Yarmouth Co. 11 persons 7%
British Columbia 3 persons 2%
8 main sponsors and 8 contributing sponsors
27 businesses took part
8 volunteer organizations
20 plus volunteers


 

About Us:

Formed in December 2013,Active Living Options Society is a not for profit society registered with the Joint Registry of Stocks in Nova Scotia.
We are a board led by Society President: Kathy Ann Losier. Our mandate is to promote and practice the ideals of Active Living within Queens County. This includes healthy activity and participation of any resident.

A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR COMMUNITY SPONSORS and Volunteers once again in 2016!

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