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Racing the world’s highest tides

East Hants Tidal Mud Run returns July 29

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
July 25, 2017

NOEL, N.S. – At 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 29, the tide will be out at Burntcoat Head Park, providing a perfect opportunity to run on the ocean floor.
And that is exactly what hundreds will do at the eighth annual East Hants Tidal Mud Run in Noel, which will provide participants with a unique opportunity to experience the site of the world’s highest recorded tides.
“The goal is to provide a fun, unique experience for locals and visitors,” said Corinne Giles, program coordinator for the Municipality of East Hants, which hosts the annual event. “I mean, who gets to say they ran on the ocean floor?”

The eighth annual East Hants Tidal Mud Run will take place at Burntcoat Head Park in Noel, N.S. on Saturday, July 29. Shown here are participants during last year’s run.

Photo courtesy of the Municipality of East Hants

Apart from the runs, a 2.5K untimed race/walk/explore will also be offered, free to families. This will include a scavenger hunt of the ocean floor.
“This is great for families that are tagging along with the participants,” she said.
The event is capped at 200 participants, in respect for the environment, particularly the animal and plant life on the ocean floor, according to Giles. They are hoping to see registration fill to capacity.
For more on he East Hants Tidal Mud Run, visit here .
The run started out as a 2.5K and 5K fun run, using the old-school method of popsicle stick timing. As the numbers grew, the organizers switched over to chip timing, and this year will be offering a 10K option for the first time, due to demand from runners.
Participants will travel around two flowerpot islands in the 2.5K loop, while a second loop will be added for the 5K, and the 10K route will consist of four loops.
“The participants will travel over or through challenging terrains such as sand, rocky surfaces, seaweed, green slimy algae, and pass by tidal pools with lots of cool creatures,” said Giles. “The odd eagle may fly over to check out what’s happening. At the first of the race, we let participants know, if it’s shiny, it’s slippery.”