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Lighting up the night at MacDonald Park

More than 100 take part in MEC Night Light Trail Race

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Sept. 12, 2017

WAVERLEY, N.S. – More than 100 headlamps dotted MacDonald Sports Park here on Friday night, as MEC Halifax hosted its annual Night Light Trail Race.
The Sept. 8 night race was not part of the five-race points series offered by MEC Halifax this year, but was rather more of a fun run in the park.
“We had amazing weather – it cooled off a bit, but that’s good for the runners,” said Cliff Pratt, member services manager for the Halifax store. “Everybody had a good time on the course, they said.”

MEC Halifax hosted its annual Night Light Trail Race at MacDonald Sports Park in Waverley, N.S. on the evening of Friday, Sept. 8.

Photo courtesy of Haley MacPhee-Fresia

With 129 registered, and 111 actual finishers, the numbers for the night race are not in the same league as the several hundred who turn out for the races in the points series, but all seem to have fun, according to Pratt. It was the third year for the race at MacDonald Sports Park.
“I never picked it originally but we’ve been sticking with it,” he said. “People seem to like it. Some people commented how it was well marked, with some challenging hills.”
Plenty of the runners were dressed for the occasion, wearing not only the mandatory headlamps, but also glow-in-the-dark tutus, necklaces, bracelets, etc.
The route is one large loop, measuring roughly 5K. A couple sections of the trail were blocked off, to prevent runners from getting lost.
None got lost, although one runner tripped and fell, taking another runner down with him.
“They were running first and second place, so they were giving it pretty good,” said Pratt. “Even after they tripped up and tumbled, they still managed to get back up and get first and second place.”
Finishing first was Fraser Allen, with a time of 18:07, followed by Ethan MacDonald at 18:32, and Andrew Davies at 19:55. Top females were Jessica Needham at 23:17, Jennifer Lewandowski at 24:16, and Johann Tienhaara at 26:02.
For complete results, visit the Run Nova Scotia page here .
Next up for the MEC series will be MEC Race 4 on the Musquodoboit Trailway on Sunday, Sept. 24.