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Running for health in Walton

Nov. 5 event to benefit local health centre

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Nov. 3, 2017

WALTON, N.S. – For more than 30 years, the Hants Shore Community Health Centre has provided local residents with access to primary health care, and a variety of community and health related programming.
But making this facility available to the community does not come without costs, and this weekend’s Run for Health is one of many community fundraisers to make sure it continues.
“Over the past year or so, the 30-plus-year-old building was in need of repairs and, being the entire centre is run on a shoestring community-funded budget, we needed to get creative,” said Alicia Cooper, a board member of the Hants Shore Community Health Association, which runs the centre.

The annual Run for Health Hants Shore will take place on Sunday, Nov. 5 in Walton, N.S. Shown here are some of those who took part in last year’s event.

Photo courtesy of Alicia Cooper

“With the centre’s history of considering all aspects of community health, and our beautiful local scenery, hosting a fun run seemed a good fit.”
Organized by Cooper and a few volunteers, with approval from the association, the 5K walk/run will start and finish at the Walton fire hall parking lot.
The event has two priorities in mind, she explained.
“The goal is to have a modest fundraiser for our health centre, and to promote active living along our shore,” said Cooper. “Running/walking is something accessible to all ages and abilities, and there is so much to see in our rural area.”
The course consists of a quiet, backcountry road that loops past a small farm, over a single-lane bridge and through the small community of Walton.
“There are some hills to provide a challenge, and a mix of both paved and gravel roads,” she said. “The scenery is stunning.”
Last year’s event attracted a crowd of about 50 people, and Cooper is expecting the same or a bit more this year, noting the generosity of local businesses in donating door prizes.
For more on the Run for Health, visit here .