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Doctors Nova Scotia Youth Run

logo doctors nsThis years Doctors Nova Scotia Youth Run will take place on Saturday, June 2nd, 2018. Activities will begin at 9:30 am, and the race starts at 10:00 am.

Please use our FAQ below to learn more about the Doctor's Nova Scottia Youth Run.

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Registration FAQ

Question 1: How do I register for the youth run?

Answer: Early Registration Before May 11: Guaranteed t-shirt:

  1. Online using Webscorer. The on-line registration fee is $12.00 which includes the registration fee of $10 and a $2.00 administration fee charged by Webscorer.
  2. Download a hard copy of thepdfRegistration Form(350 KB) and mail or deliver to: 40 Damion St, Sydney River, B1S 3C7 before May 11.
  3. At school through Kids' Run Club if a coach is available. No registrations will be accepted at school after May 11.

Late Registration After May 11 - no guarantee of t-shirt

  1. On-line at our web site. On-line registration will stay open until Thursday, May 31st at noon.
  2. On Friday, June 1 at the YMCA of Cape Breton, Membertou Branch, from 5-7pm.
  3. On race morning, at the Big Fiddle between 8:00-9:00am.

Question 2: If I have to cancel my registration, what is the process?

Answer: Registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Question 3: When and where do I pick up my t-shirt and bib?

Answer: If you register through your school or online before the May 11 deadline, we will make every effort to deliver the t-shirt and race bib to your school (in CBRM) several days before the Youth Run. If registered after May 11, shirts can be picked up from 5-7pm on Friday, June 1st at YMCA Membertou Branch or at the Big Fiddle between 8-9 a.m. on race day morning.

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Route FAQ

Question 1: What is the route?

Answer: The run starts at the Big Fiddle, proceeding down the Esplanade to Ortona Street, east on Ortona St. to George St., south on George St. to Dorchester St., west on Dorchester St. to the Esplanade and back to the Finish at the Big Fiddle. Junior high students do 2 laps of the route. There is one water stop on Dorchester Street between George and Charlotte St. There is also water available at the finish line.

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Run Day FAQ

Question 1: My child is preschool age. Can s/he participate?

Answer: Absolutely, we have a Tiny Tots Trot for preschool age children. Parents must be with their child at all times. The Tiny Tots Trot is on the Big Fiddle site and is scheduled to start and finish before the youth race starts. Children and parents should meet in the Pavilion for 9:30.

Question 2: What time do we need to arrive for the run?

Answer: If you haven't received your t-shirt and bib or need to register, we suggest you arrive between 8 and 9am. Race activities start promptly at 9:30 with the run starting at 10am.

Question 3: How do people line up for the start line?

Answer: Before the start, runners will get in grade level groupings. Please look for signage. The middle school students will start first, followed by Grade 5's,Grade 4's, etc. all the way to Grade Primary.

Question 4: Can I run with my child?

Answer: Yes, you can register and receive a t-shirt and medal as well.

Question 5: Are pets, child strollers and other equipment allowed on the race route?

Answer: To ensure the safety of all participants on the route, baby strollers and baby joggers are allowed but must stay to the right at all times. Pets are NOT allowed in the Joan Harriss Pavilion, on site or on the race route.

Question 6: Can my child walk instead of run?

Answer: Yes, you can run with your child without registering. You can also register and receive a t-shirt and medal as well.

Question 7: How should I wear my race bib?

Answer: The bib should always be worn on your front and be clearly visible so that we can identify runners in junior high that will be doing two laps.

Question 8: What precautions have you taken to ensure safety on the route?

Answer: Course marshals, who will be wearing neon Volunteer t-shirts, are on the entire route. There are also Police personnel on motor bikes and bicycles patrolling the course.

Question 9: Can I wear my ear buds during the race?

Answer: No. Your safety and that of others is of paramount importance to us. We fear that you will miss important warnings that could cause injury to yourself, fellow runners, and volunteers.

Question 10: Where do I park on race morning?

Answer: Please plan to park on surrounding streets and walk to the venue. There is limited free parking at the CBRM waterfront parking lots. There will be no parking on-site and the entire area will be closed to all but authorized traffic once the race starts. Allow extra time to get to the race site.

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Post-Race FAQ

Question 1: Can I meet my child at the finish line?

Answer: Spectators are not allowed to enter the finish line chute unless they are running with their children. We encourage spectators to come and enjoy the post race atmosphere and celebrate with the runners. However for the safety of the runners, please ensure you stay off the race course and meet up in a safe spot in the finish area.

Question 2: How am I going to know where to meet my child after the race?

Answer: All participants will receive their medal after crossing the finish line. Parents should plan to meet up with their children in their designated school area following the run. This designated school area will also serve as a lost and found area where students and parents who get separated can plan to meet and wait for one another. We also suggest you add your cell phone number to the front of the bib so that a volunteer can call you if your child is lost.

Question 3: How will I be able to identify a race official if I need information or help?

Answer: Race officials will be wearing  Cape Breton Fiddlers Run vests or red shirts with Committee on the back.  Volunteers will be wearing bright green shirts with volunteer on the back. They will be able to answer your questions or direct you if you need help as well.

Question 4: Will there be food and water available for runners at the finish line?

Answer: Water and healthy snacks are available to runners inside the pavilion.

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Other weekend events FAQ

Question 1: What other related events are happening?

Answer: YMCA Healthy Kids Day at 399 Charlotte Street. Immediately following the run, the Frank Rudderham Family YMCA is hosting a free event for families and children that includes gym and aqua games, scavenger hunts, geocaching, arts, nutritional challenges and fitness classes. Watch the YMCA Facebook page and website in the coming weeks for more details.

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