Rain couldn't damper the spirits of those that came out to run at the 6th annual Run or Walk in the Park for Scleroderma at Dewolfe park in Bedford Nova Scotia!
As a Race Director myself I am always looking for runs that are in support of important causes. Race Director Jason Doucette did not disappoint! When I was telling people I was running in this race, every single person I told answered with "what's Scleroderma?" I admit that before I met Course Director Tina Pace I didn't know what it was either. As the tag line states, it's a hard word but an even harder disease! This is a disease that hardens the skin but can also affect major internal organs and can be life threatening. There is no cure for this disease and only research will find it. I have known Tina for a very long time so I know a bit about the disease but I learned more on my run today with thanks to signage along the way which sought to educate further about this horrific disease.
There were other signs along the route that educated me. For instance; the name Scleroderma comes from the Greek word Sclerma meaning hard and derma meaning skin. One look at the blue/white hands of course director Tina Pace as she fought off the cold rain was proof positive that more research into this deadly disease is needed!
On to the route itself.
This is a PR route 100%! I love it! I myself was able to PR! According to my Vi by Lifebeam I ran my fastest 5k ever! 29 minutes and change! WOW!!! The route is flat and we were treated to a scenic coastal run then a quick trail jaunt and back along the coast again! Even in the rain what's not to love?
This race was organized amazingly well and the door prizes were pretty awesome too! Even in the pouring rain racers couldn't stop smiling ear to ear! I was able to take away tips on how to run (no pun intended) a more organized H2H 5k from the organizers of this race!
some people affected by Scleroderma stood in the rain to show that even though most don't know what this is, it's quite common
If you are looking to PR on a 5k then look for this race next year! I encourage everyone who is reading this post to learn about Scleroderma, set yourself a fundraising goal and sign up next year! Not only is it an extremely well organized event, it is for a cause that's important! Thank you Jason for a great run, an awesome route and amazing post race burgers! YUM!
I began my running journey in March of 2009. I began my journey of faith in September of 2012. Running releases stress from my body while my new found faith releases stress from my mind.