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It’s a jungle out there

Event to benefit Point Pleasant Park reforestation

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
March 22, 2017

HALIFAX – The Halifax Jungle Run is back, and this time it’s for the park.
The second annual 5K/1K event will be held at Point Pleasant Park on Sunday, April 2, with proceeds going to support reforestation at the popular park in the city’s South End.
“This year’s event is actually our second time around and, man, we’ve learned a lot,” said Sam Buckley, founder of the event.
Buckley had initially wanted to start a Dalhousie running club, with a race as its grand finale, but decided to direct his attention to putting on the Jungle Run after discovering there was already an existing club.

The “tiger runner” leads the way in the inaugural Halifax Jungle Run in October of 2015. The event will make its return on Sunday, April 2.

Photo courtesy of Sam Buckley

“Initially, our focus was to attract Dalhousie students to compete,” he explained. “When we found out university students don’t have much interest/money for events like these, we rebranded the race for Halifax families.”
The race is without a doubt a family-friendly affair, with features including face painting, a dance warm-up with the Dalhousie Tiger mascot, and a costume contest. Participants receive pizza, a snazzy safari hat, and some jungle-themed sunglasses, while complimentary T-shirts go to the first 50 registrants.
The first event took place on Oct. 25, 2015, but organizers decided go with a different time of year for the second. Buckley is being assisted this year by his friend and fellow Dalhousie student, Chris Holland, and has also received promotional support from Enactus Dalhousie.
“We decided to move the event to the spring, in hopes of getting some warmer weather,” said Buckley, who said projections are optimistic, showing a 7-degree high.
Also different is the cause the run will be supporting. Proceeds from the first event went to the IWK Foundation, whereas this year will support Point Pleasant Park reforestation initiatives.
Runners of all ages are welcome to participate in the event, which begins at 10 a.m. on April 2.
The out-and-back course takes in the perimeter of Point Pleasant Park on a gravel trail, most of it along the coast, featuring beautiful scenery and historic monuments. There is a large hill at the 2K mark, and one water station just before the turnaround point.
Runners will compete to win prizes and beat the “Tiger Runner,” an experienced cross-country runner who is the event’s reigning champion. Performance prizes will go to those who catch the tiger, as well as the overall and top age category placers.
While the event will support a worthy cause, it’s not the only objective, according to Buckley.
“There will certainly be a lot of fun to boot,” he said.
For more information on the Halifax Jungle Run, visit here .