By Jennifer Langille SPECIAL TO THE COLCHESTER WEEKLY NEWS
For five years running, organizers of the Butter Trail Run in Tatamagouche have sold the 5k, 10k and one miler event on Labour Day weekend based on its breathtaking scenery and on the quaint beauty of the Village of Tatamagouche.
TATAMAGOUCHE - For five years running, organizers of the Butter Trail Run in Tatamagouche have sold the 5k, 10k and one miler event on Labour Day weekend based on its breathtaking scenery and on the quaint beauty of the Village of Tatamagouche.
In past years, this was the case.
On race day this year however, runners awoke to a dark and stormy morning complete with ominous skies, teeming downpours and thunder and lightening. Runners and walkers who traveled from all regions of Atlantic Canada were not discouraged though as 200 enthusiastic individuals of all ages showed up at the North Shore Recreation Centre on Sept. 1.
By all accounts, everyone enjoyed the atmosphere of fun, competition and beautiful scenery the event has become known for.
From the music of a lone bagpiper soaring through Nelson Park to quirky and motivational sayings posted along the Butter Trail, organizers Keltie Smith and myself try to add touches of fun for participants.
Along with promoting running as a fitness activity, the goal of the event is to raise funds for the North Shore Recreation Centre. Recently, $6,000 has been presented to the board of directors to assist with operational expenses, bringing the event's five-year total donations to more than $16,000.
Adding to the excitement of the event, the popular Heads or Tails game gave everyone present a chance to win amazing prizes such as the $500 Take It Outside gift card sponsored by Langille Fuels and a Samsung 32” flat-screen TV donated by John O’Hearn.
Organizers of the event are grateful for the support of Scotiabank Tatamagouche, Tri-County Ford, Mike's Foodland, Fire Stop Enterprises, Abundant Living, The Municipality of Colchester, Doctors Nova Scotia and many more for their continued support.
The following individuals won first place in their category:
Alyssa McKay for 5K local female
Matthew Smith for 5K local male
Mark Langille for 10K local male
Sam Hawkins for 5k male age 1-12
Alyssa McKay for 5k female age 13-19
Matthew Smith for 5k age 13-19
Michelle Lamont for 5k female age 20-39
Christopher McPhee for 5k male age 20-39
Alexa Vodicka for 5k female age 40-49
Kevin Duffy for 5k male age 40-49
Catherine Fitzsimmo for 5k female age 50-59
Esben Arnfast for 5k male age 50-59
Beth Brien for 5k female age 60-6,
Murray MacKay for 5k male age 60-69
Isabel MacVicar for 5k female age 70-79
Ray Lloyd for 5k male age 70-79
Julianna Lagin-Nass for 10k female age 20-39
Dan Tully for 10k male age 20-39
Rachael Veinotte for 10k female age 40-49
David MacLennan for 10k male age 40-49
Kathy Naugler for 10k female age 50-59
Jim Lays for 10k male age 50-59
Nicole Kellock for 10k female age 50-59
Terry Mosher for 10k male age 60-69
Jennifer Langille is the race director of the Butter Trail Run held in Tatamagouche. She lives in Tatamagouche.