LITTLE HARBOUR – This Sunday running enthusiasts will have the opportunity to bundle up and go for cool run in the Pictou County Hypothermic Half.
Terri and Chris Waldron, running enthusiasts from Little Harbour, took on the task of hosting the event for the first time out of their home. The route starts on Little Harbour Road, crossing at the Logan Road before continuing onto the Egypt Road back to their house for a potluck reception, with the run beginning at 9 a.m.
The event this year is the first of its kind in recent years in Pictou County, with the closest events being hosted regularly in Moncton or Halifax. Both events have an entry fee, but the event hosted by Terri and Chris is free. Terri said the goal of having the event here in Pictou County was to cut down on costs of travelling and entry fees.
“They have these events across the country called the Hypothermic Half Running Race and we were going to participate in one, but the closest ones were Halifax or Moncton,” she said. “We thought it would be fun to do one in our own back yard and not have to incur the costs associated with the runs, which was the original reason why we did it.”
Terri said they chose February because it’s in the middle of the winter and it gives a boost to keep everyone going over the course of winter.
“It’s too easy to say ‘oh, it’s too cold out today, I don’t feel like going out’ if you don’t have that carrot dangling in front of you,” she said. “That’s the bigger reason for doing it in the middle of February. It’s to get you out through the winter when you really don’t want to cause it’s cold, too dark out after work or too icy.”
The event is open to the public. The idea was initially sent out to their friends, but they were encouraged to spread the word to others they knew.
“It certainly isn’t a limited invitation,” she said. “The more, the merrier it will be. We want as may people to come out and be involved as we can.”
For more information or to confirm attendance email Terri at: firstname.lastname@example.org.