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Run for Nicaragua a success

Seventy-five participants support student ‘voluntour’

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Sept. 26, 2017

HUBLEY, N.S. – Seventy-five runners and walkers turned out here on Sunday, Sept. 24, so 18 high school students can make a life-changing trip to Nicaragua.
The Run for Nicaragua was a fundraising event for the students, who will leave next March for the trip through Free the Children, in an effort to better understand global issues and experience how they can make a difference.
The students from Upper Tantallon’s Sir John A. Macdonald High School took a hands-on role with the event on Sunday, looking after everything from registration to music, selling tickets, managing food tables, water stations and more.

Participants head out for the Run for Nicaragua on the St. Margaret’s Bay Trail in Hubley, N.S. on Sunday, Sept. 24.

Photo courtesy of John Aguinaga

“It was wonderful seeing the students of the voluntour trip to Nicaragua get so involved in conducting the event, doing everything,” said race director John Aguinaga. “The students were amazing.”
He declared the fundraiser to be a “fantastic success,” reaching their participation goal of 75.
“The weather was warm, and so the shade of the birch trees along the route was greatly appreciated by the runners,” said Aguinaga.
Along the route, the students had posters on display with facts about Nicaragua, to help explain to the participants why the students will be spending their March break volunteering there.
Prizes were donated for the top two male and female runners in the 10K and 5K races, and participants in the 2K kids’ run all received finisher’s medals.
A surprise cash donation also came in from Janice Feener and Cara Bauld of Third Degree Training, who raised more than $360 through a gym registration voucher and some clothing items.