Canadian parkruns span across 5 timezones, and as Canada’s most Easterly parkrun (so far), newcomer Chain of Lakes is the first to kick us off every week. Less than 10 weeks old, we checked in on how they’re doing so far.
We’re approaching our tenth event here at Chain of Lakes, and have been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm shown by our parkrunners. Our course is out-and-back along a paved trail that runs alongside several beautiful lakes just outside the city of Halifax.
The fabulous core team is led by Jaclyn, a British non-runner but parkrun fan (I’m trying, you guys), Jackie, a newish Irish arrival to Halifax who ran and volunteered at her local parkrun back home, and two locals Sara and Jeanne – both experienced runners! Sara has been enthusiastic from the very beginning despite having never been to parkrun, Jeanne also loves triathlon and canicross with her dog (and barkrun participant) Hunter.
It’s no joke that we’ve had 8 weeks of rain and had to cancel one week due to lightning, high winds and even heavier rain, but we consistently see numbers in the mid-teens and above, and already lots of regulars to our event.
Our first female course record was set by a junior running with her twin brother, and our oldest runner is 84 with a time of around 27 minutes! At least one parkrun family comes each week with babes in a stroller, with the competitive element increasing with each new stroller! Such is the variety and inclusiveness of parkrun.
There are lots of expats who are also happy to find they can use their old barcode at this new event! We welcome several first-timers each week, and have already seen tourists from Aberdeen, Manchester, Exeter and Western Australia who were visiting the area and delighted to find a parkrun they could come along to!
There is a strong running community here in Nova Scotia and we’re delighted to become a part of it. Chain of Lakes is a social, fun, encouraging event. One of our regular parkrunners is a local athletics business owner, and he often sacrifices his parkrun time to litter pick as he goes. We can always see him on his way back, brandishing his litter bag and kitchen tongs!
As we continue to get established and spread the parkrun word, we hope to attract more recreational walkers and runners. We know they will also feel the warmth and welcome at our event!
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