Two popular races highlight Truro’s summer

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VP Challenge, Cobequid Trail Run attract participants from across province

Registration is now open for two much-anticipated summer races in the Truro area, the VP Challenge on July 19 and the Cobequid Trail Run on Aug. 24.

The VP Challenge is a 5K and 7.5K adventure race in Truro’s Victoria Park. Hosted by Truro Parks, Recreation and Culture, the run integrates a series of challenging natural and man-made obstacles. And, for the second year, organizers will also host a free Kids Run. For more information visit www.vpchallenge.ca.

The Cobequid Trail Run, featuring a 5K, 10K and half-marathon, is marking its 10th anniversary in 2014.

Hosted by Colchester County’s Recreation Services, the run attracted more than 400 participants last year, ranging in ages from youth on up. If you haven’t experienced the Cobequid Trail, please give it a try. It has a beautiful and historic scenic route with so much to take in along the way.

This is an Atlantic Chip Timing Event, with a chip start and chip finish. Information is also available online at: www.colchester.ca/colchester-cobequid-trail-run.

Registration for both events is available online at www.atlanticchip.ca. Registration packages for the VP Challenge are also available at Douglas Street Recreation Centre, 40 Douglas St. And packages for the Cobequid Trail Run are available at Colchester Recreation Services at 1 Church St.; Truro Parks, Recreation and Culture at Douglas Street Recreation Centre; and Bible Hill Recreation at 67 Pictou Rd. or by contacting recreation@colchester.ca. Race fees are as follows:  RNS members $28, youths $20 and non-members $30. T-shirts with the new logo will be available for all runners along with a grab bag containing race information.

Running has great health benefits and helps with maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Pickleball, which was introduced to the Truro area in May, continues to be a popular sport. Drop-ins are being held at Douglas Street Recreation Centre on Tuesday nights in July and August from 7 to 9 p.m. The drop-ins are free, but donations are being accepted to help grow the sport in the region. Pre-registration isn’t necessary. Rackets and balls are provided. 

Colchester Bike Week 2014 had another successful year and it’s great to see such a turnout and how it helps with keeping Active Transportation alive.

Along with riding a bike comes “being green,” which means caring for the environment.

A big thank you to everyone who participated, including those supporters who came out to help promote cycling in the community. Remember to keep practicing bicycle safety and have a safe and fun summer.

In music news, the 2014 lineup for the Riverfront Park Summer Concert Series has been finalized. Come to the park on Friday nights in July to enjoy free, live entertainment from 7 to 8 p.m. This season’s performers include ACA-Jam, Julie Johnstone and Friends, The McCready Brothers and Adam Cotterill.

For more information, contact Cathy von Kintzel,
special events and culture coordinator,
Truro Parks, Recreation and Culture, cvonkintzel@truro.ca.

Organizations: Douglas Street Recreation Centre, Colchester Recreation Services, Active Transportation Concert Series McCready Brothers

Geographic location: Truro, Victoria Park, Colchester County Riverfront Park

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