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Running along the Nashwaak

Annual Salmon Run set for July 16

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
July 12, 2017

FREDERICTON – Most people wouldn’t need a reason to want to run along the beautiful Nashwaak River, but, on Sunday, July 16, they have one.
The second annual Salmon Run will take place, and organizers are hoping for continued success with the event. It will feature both 10K and 5K races.
The run is put on by Falls Brook Centre, a demonstration centre and registered charity that aims to educate and inspire people to adopt environmentally sound practices. The Salmon Run is an initiative to further education about salmon in New Brunswick, with proceeds going to one of Falls Brook Centre’s newest programs.

Runners are shown here, preparing for the start of last year’s Salmon Run in Fredericton. This year’s event will take place on Sunday, July 16.

Photo courtesy of Charlotte Flores

“The goal is to raise funds for our Eco Citizens Club, which runs throughout Carleton and Victoria Counties in New Brunswick,” said Charlotte Flores, education coordinator. “Students in five schools participated in 2016-2017. The clubs worked on conservation activities, with focuses in biodiversity, renewable energy, local food, leadership and community.”
The event also works to promote the work of its partners, including The Ville Cooperative, Nashwaak Watershed, Fundy National Park, Matrix Solutions, Canadian Rivers Institute and many others, many of which will have booths on site to showcase their work with conservation or health.
Once abundant with salmon, the Nashwaak River is seeing populations on the rise again, thanks to the dedicated efforts of the Nashwaak Watershed, according to Flores.
“The race is on the public trail,” she said. “The 10K crosses the old railway bridge over the Nashwaak and turns around with very rural scenery. The course is flat with a gravel path.”
The organizers are hoping to have around 50 people take part this year.
For more on the Salmon Run, visit here .