Each year, for the past four years, we have taken a mini holiday during the long weekend in May to participate in the Bluenose Marathon weekend in Halifax. It is a fun event and the city is buzzing. This year D’Arcy’s parents were on a cruise of the Danube River, so we stayed at their condo. We left Truro on Friday after D’Arcy got home from school so that we could pick up our race kits. D’Arcy & I were signed up for the 10k race on Saturday and our sons, Evan & Alex, were signed up for both the 4.2k Youth Run on Saturday and the 5k race on Sunday.
There were 3000 Youth from the ages of 5 – 15 who ran the Youth Run on Saturday. Our boys ran well. The Youth Run is not timed, but by my watch, Evan crossed the finish line at 19 minutes with Alex just a couple of minutes behind him. In the past, D’Arcy has been at the half-way point to cheer them on, then runs down to the finish to watch them cross the line. This year, they were fast enough that they beat him back!
We spent the rest of Saturday exploring the Expo and spent some time at the new Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market. It is beautiful!! We knew a few vendors from our former life when we lived in Halifax, so it was fun to get caught up with them. We also have a former guest, who has stayed with us four times and has a stall where she sells lamb and organic chickens. We had a great chat with her!
Sunday – race day – was supposed to be sunny and 14 degrees. (Celsius.) It turned out to be cloudy/misty and only six degrees. It was cold! The atmosphere on race day is one of great excitement and anticipation. We ran into friends from around the province who had come to participate. There is music and so many people lining the streets. D’Arcy has been training more than I have this year, so we ran together just until the first water stop and then he went on ahead of me. My favorite part of the race is running over the MacDonald Bridge which is closed to traffic. There are such beautiful views of the harbour and of both Halifax & Dartmouth. The this I like least about the race is that it ends on a slight incline. Oh my, is that tough!! It was fun and we all ran well. Our times were as follows: Alexander (5k) – 29:42, Evan (5k) – 27:10, Anne (10k) – 1:03, D’Arcy (10k) – 59:35.
We met up with D’Arcy’s sister for supper and took a tour of the neighbourhood where D’Arcy grew up. Yesterday, D’Arcy & Alex went for a 5k run in Point Pleasant Park while Evan & I packed up. We all played Monopoly while we laundered the sheets, had lunch & came home. It was a fun weekend, and we’re all feeling recharged and ready for the upcoming season!