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Acadia group ending school year with 5K colour run

April 8 event to celebrate completion of eight-week learn-to-run program

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
March 24, 2017

WOLFVILLE, N.S. – A group of Acadia University students have decided to end their school year with a little bit of colour.
The Exercise is Medicine (EIM) Acadia group will also mark the completion of an eight-week “Couch to 5K” learn-to-run program on Saturday, April 8, and are inviting anyone and everyone to come celebrate with them at the Acadia 5K: A Run to Dye For.
“We felt it was really important to celebrate the accomplishment of completing the program with a 5K event,” said Majeedah Belding, vice-president of events for the Acadia campus chapter of EIM. “Building on some success with a couple smaller fun walk/runs earlier in the year, we wanted to have a really fun event that would also be a great way to end the school year.”

(From left) Alex Webster, Kelsey Brumm, Erick Richard, Majeedah Belding and Chelsee Decker comprise most of the executive of the Exercise is Medicine Acadia chapter. Missing are Sarah Charnock and Charlie Clarry. This photo is from their Hot Chocolate Fun Run in December, 2016.

Photo courtesy of Majeedah Belding

Exercise is Medicine is a global health initiative managed by the American College of Sports Medicine, committed to the belief that physical activity is integral in the prevention and treatments of diseases and should be regularly assessed and treated as part of all health care.
She emphasized that the event is not just for students and the university community, but the greater community as a whole.
“Our main goal is to provide the community (within and outside the university) with a fun event that is inclusive to everyone regardless of age or fitness level,” said Belding. “We often say we don’t care if you run, walk or crawl across the finish line. Our goal is to get people out and moving in a friendly, welcoming, supportive environment.”
Their oldest participant so far this year was 85, and they also saw
families take part, some having friendly competition among themselves.
The course is a 5K loop that begins and ends at the Acadia campus, with colour stations at each kilometer marker.
So far, just under 100 people have registered for the event, and Belding said they would be happy to see around 150 turn out on race day.
“The more, the merrier,” she said. “It’s really hard to judge the expected turnout yet at this point. We’ve had a lot of interest, and we’ve overheard a lot of students saying they want to register, or they still have to register.”
The event will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 8.
For more information on the Acadia 5K, visit the Facebook page here .