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About 80 take part in East Hants Tidal Mud Run

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Aug. 1, 2017

NOEL, N.S. – Chris Densmore arrived at the East Hants Tidal Run with every intention of defending his 5K title.
Although he fell short of that goal, he said he once again had a great time at the event, which saw 38 participants run across the ocean floor at Burntcoat Head Park in Noel.
“It was a great time,” said Densmore, who finished in second place with a time of 29:33. “I’m a bit disappointed in my time. I ran it in just a little over 24 minutes last year.”
The competition was a bit tougher this year, he said, with Matt Hall of Mahone Bay taking first place with a time of 28:13.

The eighth annual East Hants Tidal Mud Run took place at Burntcoat Head Park in Noel, N.S. on Saturday, July 29.

Photo courtesy of Corrine Giles

Coming in third was Andrew Raisbeck at 32:37.
Top female was Elizabeth Crowe of Noel, who finished with a time of 34:04. Although she is a local girl, it was her first time taking part in the event, which marked its eighth year on Saturday, July 29.
“I usually run full marathons but this year I’ve been doing a few fun races,” said Crowe. “I live a kilometer away from the park and I grew up on these beaches. It was a great event and I loved the race.”
Although it was her slowest 5K, she said it was by far the most strenuous, as the 2.5K loop course took participants through mud, rocks, water, seaweed and green slime. A slippery uphill section at the finish line also made for a challenging but entertaining spectacle.
“It was difficult but a lot of fun,” she said.
Finishing second among females was Nicole Barkhouse at 36:43, followed by Raegan Densmore at 37:57.
For complete, official results by Atlantic Chip, visit here .
In the single-loop 2.5K event, it was Milo Hall of Mahone Bay finishing first at 15:52, followed by Gene Collins at 16:38, and top female Evie Hall at 17:28. Third among males was Richard Broussell at 22:22, while second female was Catherine Marchand-Collin at 32:05, followed by Pamela Bergeron at 32:18.
Only two participants braved the four-loop 10K course, with Andrew Knight of Dartmouth finishing first at 1:06:47, followed by Allison King of Queensland at 1:29:31.
Knight said the course got easier in the third and fourth loops as the sun began to dry the course and more water returned to the bay.
“The weather was perfect, with the cliffs providing shade and the clouds providing cover,” he said. “As the loops continued to be completed, the sun shone, creating a hotter course near the water.”
The event was well organized, according to Knight, who said he was surprised by the small crowd, considering the unique opportunity to run on the ocean floor.
He said he found it easier to run in the water than in the mud, although that didn’t keep him from having mud caked all the way to his thighs by the end of the race.
“I approached this race as a fun race, where time doesn’t matter,” said Knight, who is looking forward to doing it again. “It is better to soak in the atmosphere, enjoy the beauty and novelty of running on the ocean floor.”
A total of about 80 participants took part in the event, which also included an untimed 2.5K run/walk/explore.
“It was a blast,” said race director Corrine Giles. “We ended up having some great weather. Lots of muddy participants went home happy.”