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Embracing the Fundy fog

Annual fundraiser for Bridgeway Academy set for June 17

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
June 13, 2017

MAVILETTE, N.S. – Kelly Belliveau had two things in mind when starting The Fog Run last year, and it all started with a conversation between friends in Yarmouth County.
“I travel to Halifax a lot for runs, and I sat down with a group of friends and said, let’s start a run here so there’s something local,” she said. “That way we don’t have to drive three hours, get hotels and all that stuff.”
More importantly, her daughter attends Bridgeway Academy in Yarmouth, a not-for-profit school that provides programming for students who have been diagnosed with learning disabilities or Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. With a run, Belliveau saw a great opportunity to support the cause.

Teachers, children and parents of Bridgeway Academy were among the participants at the 2016 Fog Run. This year’s event takes place in Mavillete, N.S. on Saturday, June 17.

Photo courtesy of Facebook event page

“We’re responsible for fundraising and volunteer hours (for the school), so I thought, why not put both together?” she said. “It just kind of took its course from there, and it was very successful last year.”
The Fog Run, named for the beautiful but sometimes foggy setting at Mavilette Beach, was indeed a success in 2016. Belliveau and the organizers were hoping to get at least 50 participants, and ended up with 107.
This year’s event takes place on Saturday, June 17.
The event includes a 5K fun run, as well as a 1K walk/run, and a 10K run. All routes feature beautiful beach scenery, and the 5K route has been changed this year to showcase more of that.
“It was a bit hilly last year, and we had some comments about that,” said Belliveau.
“We changed it this year so there are now more beachfront views, and we tried to keep it off the main road completely. You see the dunes for a bit, and there’s a lot of beach you’re getting to see.”
New this year, children between five and 12 will be allowed to participate by collecting a minimum of $30 in sponsorships.
Another strong turnout is expected this year, with 129 already signed up a week ahead of race day.
“Last year we had about 10 or so register in race day, so we might have more,” said Belliveau. “We’ve had more publicity this year too, and more visibility because people have heard about it. We’re very hopeful.”
One hundred per cent of the net proceeds from the event will go to Bridgeway Academy.
For more on The Fog Run, visit here .