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Mud, sweat and beers

Falmouth TrALE Run back for second year on Sept. 30

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Sept. 28, 2017

FALMOUTH, N.S. – When you’re surrounded by beautiful running trails and quality craft breweries, why not combine the two?
That’s what Kathy Johnston and Shannon Pierangeli had in mind last year when they started the Falmouth TrALE Run, and they are back for another year on Saturday, Sept. 30. And this year they have cider.
“You have a sample here and there, and everyone is laughing, having a great time with each other,” said Johnston. “We see high fives from people, just hanging out, enjoying the drink stations.”

The second annual Falmouth TrALE Run will take place in Falmouth, N.S. on Saturday, Sept. 30. Shown here are participants during last year’s inaugural event.

Photo courtesy of Shannon Pierangeli

Johnston, who owns and operates Fitness Junkies, a fitness business with a flair for adventure, said the idea for the TrALE Run had its beginnings in the wine run that used to be offered by the now-closed Muir Murray Estate Winery in Wolfville. After that winery was sold in 2013, the run stopped.
“That run was so much fun… you would run along the dykes, stop for a wine sample, everyone was out, and it built community,” she said. “I believe in building community in everything I do, so when that run went away, I really missed it.”
It didn’t take her long to think of the craft breweries around the Windsor area, and the trail system on the Castle Frederick Farms property in Falmouth. She spoke to her friend, Pierangeli, who runs her own event planning company Meraki Event Planning, and it took off from there.
Schoolhouse Brewery ad Roof Hound Brewing Co. came on board, and last year’s event drew 118 registrations. Distances offered are 10K and 5K routes, all on existing trails and logging roads.
Timing of the event coincided with the rapid rise in popularity of trail running in the Maritimes.
“It’s the closest feeling to being fully alive, that’s the way I describe trail running,” said Johnston. “I love being out on the trail because you have to be completely aware of your surroundings, or otherwise you’re going to face plant.
"I have a true passion for trail running, and anytime I’m feeling less
than a 10, I get out on the trail and it totally picks me up again," she added.
This year’s event will again offer beer samples from Schoolhouse and Roof Hound, but will also have cider available from Sid’s Cider and Noggins Cider. The samples will be available at drink stations along the route, each of them sponsored by a local business.
“Part of the goal with the run is to highlight our area – not just the beautiful sights and beer, but also the amazing businesses that make up our community,” said Johnston. “Everyone is pulling together to make it happen.”
She described the course as both challenging (especially the climb to the cabin on Castle Frederick Hill) and historic (remnants of Acadian and Mi’kmaq settlements can be found there). The Bremner family, which owns the property, will be on hand for the event.
Proceeds will support the West Hants Ground Search and Rescue.
The goal for this year is 150 participants, but Johnston said they would more likely see around 130, due to other events taking place this weekend.
“Our ultimate goal is to get 300 runners,” she said. “We think it’s achievable, but it’s going to take us a few years to get there.”
For more on the Falmouth TrALE Run, visit here .