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Running with the Ospreys in Riverport

Annual 5K run/walk to return May 13

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
May 1, 2017

RIVERPORT, N.S. – Affordable, achievable, accessible and rewarding. Those were the four guiding principles when the Osprey 5K Run/Walk was established here 10 years ago, and remain in place as the event continues to grow.
Affordable? Check. Registration has always been around $20.
Achievable? Check. The route is a safe but easy 5K, and can be completed in less than an hour by walking.
Accessible? Check. Community members of all athletic abilities are encouraged to take part.
Rewarding? Check. The community celebration surrounding the event features live music, prizes, food, fellowship and fun.

The annual Osprey 5K Run/Walk will be held in Riverport on Saturday, May 6.

Photo courtesy of Chris Anderson

“Many on the organizing committee feel that the most important of our meetings is the post-race wrap-up that features the question, ‘What can we do to make next year’s Osprey 5K even better?’” said race director Chris Anderson.
This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, May 13, and race director Chris Anderson took some time to look back at how it got started a decade ago.
“In 2007, I was offering some assistance to a newly-initiated club in the local Riverport and District Elementary School,” he recalled. “I was approached by some members of the school’s staff and parent association to help organize a race that would be open to the public but would not only serve to encourage the students (and their families) to participate but would also raise some money for the school’s extracurricular activities.”
The result was the creation of the Osprey 5K, named after the school’s mascot, which also happens to be Nova Scotia’s provincial bird and very common in the area. The run was created with the aforementioned four principles in mind.
“With tremendous support from students, community members and organizations, that first event (held the second Saturday in May) saw over 100 participants of all shapes and sizes,” said Anderson.
Sadly, the event has outlasted the school it was created to serve, as Riverport Elementary was closed within a few years. Now, the Osprey 5K sends proceeds to the Riverport Community Centre, which serves as the start/finish point for the flat out and back course – paved and certified – along the waterfronts of Riverport and Lower LaHave.
“Participation has grown to over 200 participants, enabling thousands of dollars to be raised for both the Riverport Community Centre and P.R.O. Kids, an organization providing financial assistance to enable youth participation in sport and cultural activities,” he said.
In 2014, the Osprey 5K became part of Run Nova Scotia’s annual Road Race Series, and, for the past two years, has been included on its Performance Series.
For more information on the Osprey 5K Run/Walk, visit here .