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Running with Pride

Inaugural Rainbow Run 5K to precede parade

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
July 18, 2017

HALIFAX – The streets of downtown Halifax will be lined with celebrants waiting for the annual Pride Parade on Saturday, July 22.
What better time to have a fabulous 5K race?
For the first time at the Halifax event, the North End Runners are working jointly with Halifax Pride to offer the Rainbow Run.
“The fact that they are closing the street before the parade is the perfect excuse to do this,” said Sarah Riley of the North End Runners. “All the people are going to be lining up to watch the parade, so we will have a built-in cheering section. We’re going to hype the crowd, and it’s going to be amazing.”

The inaugural Rainbow Run 5K will take place for the first time as part of Halifax Pride celebrations on Saturday, July 22. Shown here is last year’s Halifax Pride Parade.

Photo courtesy of Sarah Riley

Starting and finishing at the Garrison Grounds, the 5K will follow the parade route out and back through the downtown core, including trips down Spring Garden Road, Barrington Street and Upper Water Street, closed to traffic and wide open for the occasion.
The run will start at 12:30 p.m., and those not finished by 1 p.m. will get absorbed into the parade, which starts then.
Riley is super excited about the event, which is something she said the North End Runners have wanted to do for awhile.
The goal is simply to celebrate, and runners are encouraged to wear costumes, rainbows and their most outrageous outfits.
“We’re very inclusive, and it matters to us that people see us as inclusive, and that people understand what we’re all about is the health of our local community,” she said.
“I think this fits super well with that. We want to get out there also just to have fun, because Pride is pretty awesome.”
The race is capped at 300 participants, but, Riley has no idea what the turnout will be for the first-time event. She thinks it will either be a sellout, or a challenge to get people out.
“I think it’s either one or the other,” she said. “People will discover it and want to do it, or it will be hard to get awareness out because it’s the first year. We have quite a bit of traction already, with a lot of registrations rolling in, so we’ll see what happens.”
For more on the Rainbow Run, visit here.