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Strawberry festival hosting annual race

10K, 5K offered at July 8 Oxford event

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
July 5, 2017

OXFORD, N.S. – It may be the wild blueberry capital of Canada, but this weekend Oxford will be all about strawberries. And runners.
The fourth annual Oxford Strawberry Festival Trail and Road Races will take place on Saturday, July 8, and organizers are expecting upwards of 100 people to take part.
“It’s about physical fitness, and it ties in nicely with the strawberry festival,” said David McLeod of the planning committee. “Come to the event, and there is still lots going on in Oxford that day for the family too.”

The annual Oxford Strawberry Festival Trail and Road Races will take place in Oxford, N.S. on Saturday, July 8. Shown here are participants starting off during last year’s run.

Photo courtesy of the event’s Facebook page

New this year is a family rate, which sees a family of four register for $75. Children under 12 register for free.
“We’re hoping the family rate will help our numbers,” he said. “The way I look at it, we’ve invited 100 people to lunch. You have to prepare food for them, you have to have water for them, but you don’t really know how many of these 100 are going to show up. You have to plan around that.”
Also new this year is the finisher’s medal, which is not made of metal but of wood, with a Canada 150 design. The first 125 medals will be inscribed on the back.
For more on the Oxford Strawberry Festival Trail and Road Races, visit here .
McLeod had only recently moved to Oxford when the first race took place in 2014, and he decided to register as a participant. He has been involved as one of the organizers ever since, along with Oxford Mayor Trish Stewart, councillor Dawn Thompson, Eleanor Crowley and John Stewart.
Plenty of additional volunteers get involved on race day, serving as course marshals, water station workers, and any other role that needs filled.
“It’s actually had a fair degree of success,” said McLeod. “It’s not a big event, but people seem to enjoy it.”
The event features both a 10K and a 5K race. The course is flat, starting and finishing near the Oxford fire station. Walkers are just as welcome to take part as runners, McLeod emphasized.