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Not your average day in the park

Truro hosting annual VP Challenge on July 15

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
July 7, 2017

TRURO, N.S. – You may have visited Victoria Park in Truro before, and you may have even run there. But the VP Challenge is an experience on a whole new level.
The annual event is part of Truro’s celebration of Parks Day, and will take place for its eighth year on Saturday, July 15. The day’s activities will include bouncy houses, live music and walking tours, but things will kick off with the Victoria Park (VP) Challenge.
“The race was started to encourage more people to get involved in physical activity, using a non-traditional approach, and to showcase the park in an exciting way,” said Shannon Jarvis, Truro’s active community coordinator. “There were no other races like this in the area.”

The annual VP Challenge will take place at Victoria Park in Truro, N.S. on Saturday, July 15. Shown here are participants during last year’s event.

Photo courtesy of Shannon Jarvis

Hosted by the Town of Truro, the race features 5K and 10K courses, both challenging. The 10K route is all-new, replacing the previous 7.5K course.
Participants will overcome the park’s multiple natural obstacles such as hills and terrain changes, as well as several obstacles constructed for the occasion.
They will have to leap over hay bales, scale a wall, climb Jacob’s Ladder, and crawl through a mud pit before crossing the finish line.
The goal of the race is twofold, according to Jarvis.
“We really want to provide residents and visitors with an exciting opportunity to explore our beautiful park while participating in a fun family friendly event,” she said. “Participants are tested on their strength, stamina and agility as they navigate a scenic route.”
Organizers are expecting more than 100 to take part in the 5K and 10K races, and close to 150 more for the children’s race.
For more on the VP Challenge, visit here .