By Terri McCulloch
Special to the Truro Daily News
FIVE ISLANDS - Analyzing tide charts may not be the most important task of most run committees when planning races, but to organizers of the Not Since Moses, tides are THE essential component around which their run pivots.
This year, the required perfect Bay of Fundy tide occurs on Aug. 2, the date when hundreds of participants from around the world converge on Five Islands, to participate in the Not Since Moses run.
"The Not Since Moses offers a pristine, organic, authentic experience of the mud, the beaches, the cliffs in an area of the Bay of Fundy that few people ever have the chance to experience," noted Joyce Eagles, 2015 run director. "To runners regionally, nationally and internationally, our run has become a bucket list event."
Originating in 2008 by inspired new resident, Dick Lemon, a Californian who has a home on one of the Five Islands, the Not Since Moses has become a global run sensation.
"We think runners are increasingly seeking more from their running experiences," said Lemon, who is still involved in Not Since Moses planning, along with a team of keen local residents "Our run has achieved a certain cult following in the running world - it is challenging, inspiring and memorable."
Since the inception of the run eight years ago, thousands of runners have participated. Runners of all ages (10K run, 5K run/walk, and youth runs) participate in the Not Since Moses with proceeds from the event going to a local foundation that supports reading programs and community centres along this upper Bay of Fundy shore in rural Nova Scotia.
The Bay of Fundy's world-renowned tides make coastal exploring challenging at the best of times but organizers of the Not Since Moses just take this in stride, changing the date of the race each summer to correspond with the safest tides.
"Since the inception of the Not Since Moses, we've really been committed to hosting a unique experience for both our runners and our extremely dedicated volunteers," said Lemon. "As you can imagine, the usual tasks of race monitoring, first aid services, and even providing water to runners become much more exciting when the route spans the varied topography of our run."
The Not Since Moses 5K run starts and ends at the Sand Point Campground, while the 10K run starts at Soley Cove (runners are bused to Soley Cove start line) and ends at Sand Point Campground. "You've got to be able to run 10K to do the 10K," said Eagles, "There is not enough time before the tide rolls in to walk the 10 kilometres route, but both walkers and runners have plenty of time to enjoy all elements of the run on the 5K route." The run also includes "Basket Runs" of 100 metres and 500 metres for youth.
The 2015 race is sponsored by Vasque, Masstown Market and Tim Horton's.