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Putting the fun in ‘fun run’

Annual Cherry Hill event to benefit local fire department

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
July 25, 2017

CHERRY HILL, N.S. – A lot of runs call themselves “fun runs,” but the Cherry Hill Fun Run has a certain air of authenticity to back it up.
It’s a 10K run, but has not been officially measured. The race has a clock on site, but if anyone wants to know their time, they will have to keep track of that themselves.

The 26th annual Cherry Hill Fun Run will take place in Cherry Hill, N.S. on Saturday, July 29. Shown here is the group of participants from the 2014 run.

Photo courtesy of Cherry Hill Fun Run on Facebook

It’s also inexpensive, compared to most runs, with a $25 registration fee.
“This type of run is different from most other runs, because it has a real family flavour to it,” said race director Larry Blackler. “It’s called a fun run, and it is.”
The fundraiser for the United Communities Fire Department will take place for the 26th year on Saturday, July 29.
Runners and walkers are on the course at the same time, giving them plenty of time to schmooze, while a 1K “Beach and Back” is also offered for children under 12.
No matter when and where you finish, you could find yourself on the podium, according to Blackler.
“Winners are drawn at the end of it,” he explained. “It doesn’t matter if you walk or run, or if you’re first or last. The names are drawn from all participants who walk or run the 10K, and they are the podium winners.”
The event was started by Rick Chataway, who still helps Blackler out every year. It began as a three-man run and “exploded from there,” according to Blackler.
It now draws more than 200 participants every year, and has attracted runners from as far away as England, the Yukon, Alaska, Maryland, New York and even Ukraine.
“I wouldn’t call us international, but we’re certainly known internationally,” he said.
The loop course starts and finishes at the fire station in Cherry Hill, with almost the first half taking place on wooded trail, while most of the second half will run along Highway 331.
Blackler is expecting between 210-240 participants this year.
For more on the Cherry Hill Fun Run, visit here .