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EPIC Canadian to offer Race Director Challenge

Unique opportunity to support Terry Fox Foundation

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
March 27, 2017

DARTMOUTH, N.S. – They are at every race, but are too busy to run in them. They are the race directors, and now they have the chance to take part in their own unique challenge.
The idea came from Tim Chesnutt, event director for the annual EPIC Canadian event in Dartmouth, and he has created the new Race Director Challenge as part of the event’s Maple Leaf 10K run on July 1.
“Nobody understands what it’s like to put on a race except a race director,” said Chesnutt. “Nobody knows the heartache of T-shirts that don’t fit, or medals that should have been here two days ago. This is based on the idea of just getting race directors together for a run.”
Chesnutt got the idea after attending a similar event during the recent Running USA Industry Conference in Florida last month, and soon after he returned to Nova Scotia, he began calling race directors around the province to pitch it to them. The response was positive for two main reasons, according to Chesnutt.

Images courtesy of Tim Chesnutt

Among those race directors expected to take part in the inaugural Race Director Challenge, as part of this year’s EPIC Canadian event on July 1 are (top, from left) Stacy Chesnutt of the Sole Sisters Women’s Race Series, Susan Carbyn of the Valley Harvest Marathon, Tom Harmes of the Moose Run, (bottom) Danny Nolan of The Run for OneSight, Steve Burns of Run Our Shore, and Dave Nevitt of the Dartmouth Natal Day Road Race.

First, the race directors jumped at the networking opportunity. Second, these people are all runners.
“We recognize that they are often doing it for a charity or a cause, but if they weren’t fundamentally at heart a runner, they wouldn’t be doing this,” he said.
Participants in the Race Director Challenge will also be supporting the Terry Fox Foundation with their entry, and with that will have a unique opportunity to post perhaps the most impressive 10K time of their lives.
Not only will the full $45 registration fee for each race director be donated by the EPIC event to the Terry Fox Foundation, but supporters can also get in on the action by donating to the foundation in the name of their race director of choice. For every dollar contributed in their name to the foundation, one second will be deducted from their actual finish time. An online link is already set up here to make this simple.
A virtual option is also available to those who wish to take part but cannot make it that day. Sean Dixon and Tim Duguay, for example, will be busy with their duties as co-directors of the EPIC, and plan to run the virtual race beforehand. Others are busy with Canada Day activities in their own communities and won’t be able to make the trip to Dartmouth.
The event is still open to any race directors who may not have been contacted yet, and is not limited to those involved with strictly running events. Directors of triathlons, nordic events, or other similar races are also welcome to participate.
Chesnutt has no financial goal in mind for the fundraising aspect, but looks forward to supporting the Terry Fox Foundation, a family-driven charity with a strong reputation for delivering a high percentage of dollars raised to the actual aims of the charity.
His main goal is for participants to enjoy themselves, and for this reason he does not mind being the race director for the Race Director Challenge.
“For every party, there’s got to be somebody to host the party,” he said. “And I’m OK with that.”