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Blossom Fun Run new to festival

Kingston to host 5K/1K races

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
May 25, 2017

KINGSTON, N.S. – After 85 years, the Apple Blossom Festival is still finding new ways to stay fresh.
This year’s festival has added the Blossom Fun Run and Fitness Fair in Kingston on Saturday, May 27, and organizers are hoping to see families come out and take part in the 5K/1K events.
“Being the 85th annual Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival, we are trying to amp up the festival and add events that previous years were lacking,” explained event director Katie Godon. “We were also looking to spread out to more communities and involve more of the Annapolis Valley.”

The Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival has added the Blossom Fun Run this year, offering 5K and 1K races in Kingston on Saturday, May 27.

Photo courtesy of the Apple Blossom Festival

Located in the middle of the valley, Kingston seemed like the perfect location for the event, and the village was more than excited to host and help organize it, according to Godon.
“Many big time festivals have runs and we were lacking that,” she said. “Being aimed at bringing together family, we really wanted to strive to make it a fun run for all ages.”
In an effort to make it affordable for all, they have set the registration at only $5 for the 1K and $10 for the 5K.
While there will be chip timing on site, Godon emphasized that it is not a competitive event, and that each runner will receive a medal for participating.
“Our goal is to create a family-friendly run that us fun, and brings the family together,” she said.
Both race courses are fairly flat, and will be run mainly on the sidewalks around Kingston.
Also featured will be a fitness fair, with different groups from around the valley showcasing fitness demonstrations for all to enjoy, according to Godon.
“This being our first year, we don’t know how large of a turnout we will have,” she said. “We are more focused on just having fun with those who come out.”