More Than Just A Run
The Cape Breton Fiddlers Run is more than just a race. It is community driven and focused. All events are organized by community volunteers with a passion for running and a commitment to building a healthier and more active Cape Breton. Through the support of local sponsors, the Fiddlers Run is able to provide programs at a minimal cost to participants, support smaller community races in Cape Breton and recognize the work of community-minded groups and individuals.
Here are just a few things the Fiddlers Run was involved in, in 2011/2012:
The Fiddlers Run sponsored the local Youth Running Series as part of the Cape Breton Road Runners Race Circuit. This year’s kid’s race schedule expands to 5 races. Kids need to complete 4 of the 5 races to get a year-end award. These races are aimed at elementary aged kids, with older kids usually competing in the 19-and-under category in the adult races. The kid’s races are generally less than 2km. Parents are encouraged to run with their children. Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult. Emphasis is on participation, rather than competition and prizes, but there will be medals for the top finishers in two categories: grades 3 and under, and grades 4 to 6. If you have any questions, email Karen Campbell at email@example.com. For the Kids Running Series Schedule, click here
The Fiddlers Run also sponsors the Earn Your Laces program for youth in schools across Cape Breton. In 2012, nearly 4,000 youth participated in the program.
At the September event, the Fiddlers Run invited local high schools to participate in a friendly, cheering waterstop competition for a chance to win funds to support their Safe-Grad program.
The Fiddlers Run donated a chance to win a free registration to its events to various races on the Cape Breton Road Runners Race Circuit.
The Fiddlers Run facilitated learn to run programs in Sydney and New Waterford. In 2012, it is planning to add North Sydney.
Each year the Fiddlers Run recognizes individuals or groups who share its mission of building a healthier and more active Cape Breton through the Lydia Dickson and Inspiration Awards.
This year the Fiddlers Run is looking to enhance its routes by taking participants through communities across Cape Breton. Some communities include: Glace Bay, Dominion, New Waterford, South Bar, Whitney Pier and Sydney.
Listen to Cape Breton Fiddlers Run participant and Cape Breton University MBA student, Sarah Pyke, talk to CBC Information Morning Host, Steve Sutherland, about her research on how the Fiddlers Run contributes to a healthy economy.