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A race of Biblical proportions

Moses parts the sea, but can’t stop the rain

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Aug. 14, 2017

FIVE ISLANDS, N.S. – There’s no battle cry Rachel Sovka loves to hear more than, “Here comes the first woman! Woohoo!”
She especially likes to hear it when it’s coming from other women on the course, and when you’re slogging through the mud and pouring rain in a race against the world’s highest tides? Yeah, that’s pretty cool too.
The Halifax runner was the first female finisher in the 10K at the annual Not Since Moses run in Five Islands on Saturday, finishing in a time of 54:24.
“It was fun to be the first place woman and apparently the first finisher representing Halifax,” said Sovka. “It makes you realize that people travel from all over the place to experience this race in the beauty of Nova Scotia’s world famous tides.”

Participants gather prior to the annual Not Since Moses run in Five Islands, N.S. on Saturday, Aug. 12.

Photo courtesy of Joachim Stroink

Sovka was one of 150 10K runners, while an additional 381 ran the 5K on the rainy Aug. 12 morning. The race happens every summer when the tides are deemed low enough to allow time for the participants to cross the ocean floor before it comes back in, the muddy terrain making for a hilarious spectacle and fun atmosphere.
"It was a great run today," said Terri McCulloch, planning committee member. "Rainy, but everyone was happy."
Coming in first place overall in the 10K was Eric Travis of Berwick, who said he would love to do it again, and plans to recommend it to all of his friends.
“It was a fantastic race, very well coordinated with a lot of volunteers to keep everyone safe and easy,” he said. “I didn’t even know there were awards until the finish but I was thrilled with the unique Moses walking staff with engraved medallion.”
Even the wet weather added to the charm of the event, according to Travis.
“It rained throughout the morning, which the race director couldn’t control, but the 10K athletes huddled under some overhanging cliffs and had a chance to get to know each other better,” he said. “The wash bin at the finish was a nice touch.”
Finishing in second place was Patrick Reid at 47:06, followed closely by Graeme Stewart-Roberts at 47:09. Top females were Sovka at 54:24, followed by Caitlin Gillis at 55:18, and Sarah Wallace at 55:48.
For complete official results by Atlantic Chip, visit here .
In the 5K, it was Derrick Priest of Belmont finishing first with a time of 29:44, followed by Alex Giguere at 30:06, and Evan Richard at 31:44. Top females were Jen Reid at 34:03, Meagan McKenna at 36:04, and Kathryn MacQuarrie at 38:00.
The date for next year’s Not Since Moses event has already been set – Sunday, July 15, 2018.