With clear skies and ideal winter running conditions, 247 Nova Scotia runners paid homage to the mighty moose in Cow Bay, N.S. today.
The Moose Run 25K has a rich history and is legendary for being a no-frills event with race-day sign-up. Runners receive a bib and it’s hand-timed. The community spirit can be felt along every kilometre of the route. Runners enjoy a challenging but scenic route and delicious chili (for free) at the finish line.
The registration fee is pay-what-you-can. Today, generous donations from runners helped raise more than $3,000 for local not-for-profit groups.
After 25 years, last year’s race directors Tom Harmes and Steve MacNeil announced their retirement. There was concern among the local running community that the beloved Moose Run 25K would be history. Luckily, a strong group of dedicated community members pledged to continue the tradition.
Mat Sabinski stepped up to be the race director and you wouldn’t know that it was his first time. With the help of wife and close friends, Mat organized it like a pro and the event went off without a hitch.
Stopping the clock at 1:25:18, Matt McNeil crushed the longstanding record set in 2009 by 40 seconds.
A perk of running events in Nova Scotia is the option of a legitimate ice bath afterwards. Local runners Chris Oss and Adam Sherlock took a dip in the Atlantic Ocean after they ran the Moose Run 25K. They claimed it was “refreshing.”