The third and final installment of the 2016 Sole Sisters Women’s Race Series was held on Sunday in the Maritimes.
Known as the “first and only women’s 5K, quarter- and half-marathon in Eastern Canada,” Sunday’s race in Dartmouth, N.S. was the inaugural event in which the series notably hosted a 10.5K and 21.1K event. There were more than 1,000 entrants who took part in the first edition of the race that offered three race distances.
Sunday’s Sole Sisters 5K, quarter- and half-marathon provided an ideal environment for runners looking for fast times are for those signing up for their first road race. The Sole Sisters 5K, quarter-marathon and half-marathon offers the choice for runners and walkers to be chip-timed or listed instead as an official finisher with no reference to time.
“Finish lines not finish times,” the race website reads. The course is an out-and-back to encourage cheering as the stream of runners switches direction at the turnaround point. According to the race’s Twitter page, there were more than 400 people who finished the quarter-marathon on Sunday morning.
— Krista Conrod (@NovaGirl2000) October 2, 2016
Earlier this summer, the series held a standalone 5K event in which runners were not timed and instead promoting participation for runners and walkers of all abilities. The series also features the “Li’l Sisters Races,” which was held in June on the same day as the Sole Sisters 5K, the largest women’s-only 5K in Canada since 2014.
Local Denise Robson, one of Nova Scotia’s top runners, was the winner of the half-marathon on Sunday in a speedy 1:22:09, averaging 3:59 per kilometre for just over 21K. Conditions were cool and rainy on Sunday in Dartmouth as participants filled the streets with mostly purple attire, the theme colour of the Sole Sisters series.
All races came to an end at noon local time.
— Sole Sisters Race (@SoleSistersRace) October 2, 2016
— jenn (@mrsraynerparis) October 2, 2016
— J.Nickerson C.Ped(C) (@JaimeNickerson) October 2, 2016
The medals for those who did both the October and June events