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Rum Runners to gather for
34th annual relay Sept. 29

Strong competition expected for top spot

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Sept. 18, 2018

LUNENBURG, N.S. – It will be tough to follow last year, but this year’s Rum Runners Relay is shaping up to be an exciting day of competition on Saturday, Sept. 29.
Returning in pursuit of their fourth straight victory will be A Few Good Men, but they will have their hands full. The Halifax Road Hammers, who finished only 13 seconds behind the leaders in last year’s 10-leg 110K race, are returning this year with five different teams in the mix.
In case that did not make things interesting enough, making their long-awaited Rum Runners debut this year will be The Maine-iacs, the Maine-based team that has been a dominant force at the Cabot Trail Relay Race for the past decade.

The 34th annual Rum Runners Relay will take place between Halifax and Lunenburg, N.S. on Saturday, Sept. 29. Shown here are participants heading out for Leg 6 during last year’s event.

Andrew Wagstaff – Maritime Runner

“There’s going to be some good competition,” said race director Nancy Holland. “We also have lots of women’s teams this year, 10, I think, which is a big bump from the six we had last year.”
The top women’s team will receive a barrel for their efforts, a new addition to this year’s event.
The relay from Halifax to Lunenburg will be run for the 34th time this year, with 70 teams taking part. Leg 1 kicks off at 6:30 a.m. at the Prospect Road Community Centre in Hatchet Lake, while Leg 10 wraps up about 12 hours later at the Bluenose Academy in Lunenburg.
Preparations are going well, according to Holland, who is excited for this year’s event.
“It’s going to be awesome,” she said. “This is the first year ever that I haven’t had teams drop out. Usually, by now at least two have dropped out, but I have a waiting list of teams still emailing me, wanting in.”
How does interest continue to grow in an event that is 33 years old?
“I think, like with Cabot Trail, it’s a word of mouth thing,” she said. “We call this ‘Cabot Trail Lite’ because it’s done in a day, there’s only one dark leg, and it’s easier for people to get around between Halifax and Lunenburg.”
With shorter legs – most are around 10K – and no mountains along the way, runners will find the terrain more manageable as well.
Apart from some resurfacing work being done in Chester Basin (Leg 8) Holland is not aware of any potential road issues.
“We will do a drive-through of the route, probably this weekend, just to see how it all looks,” she said. “If there are construction crews, we always get out and talk to them, find out what their schedule is.”
The Ride for Cancer bicycling event will also be taking place from Mahone Bay to Halifax on that day, but is not expected to affect the relay.
For more on the Rum Runners Relay, visit here .