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Success without sunshine

Run/walk for Scleroderma raises $23,000

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
June 17, 2017

BEDFORD, N.S. – Everyone cooperated except for Mother Nature.
The annual Run/Walk in the Park for Scleroderma in Bedford, N.S. had about 200 people turn out to take part, in spite of the pouring rain, raising about $23,000 for the Scleroderma Society of Nova Scotia.
Race director Jason Doucette was pleased with the event.
“Given the weather, I’m ecstatic,” he said. “We had a great turnout and raised a great amount of money that will be used to support patients and allocated to research.”

About 200 wet participants took part in the annual Run/Walk in the Park for Scleroderma, which took place in Bedford, N.S. today.

Photo courtesy of Jason Doucette

“This race was organized amazingly well and the door prizes were pretty awesome too,” said Duke. “Even in the pouring rain, racers couldn’t stop smiling ear to ear. I was able to take away tips on how to run (no pun intended) a more organized H2H 5K from the organizers of this race.”
She also commented on how much she learned about scleroderma at the event, with a lot of information about the disease provided on signs along the route.
As for the course, she said it is a PR route waiting to happen, and managed to run her own personal record in the 5K.
“The route is flat and we were treated to a scenic coastal run, then a quick trail jaunt and back along the coast again,” said Duke. “Even in the rain, what’s not to love?”
There is no known cause or cure for scleroderma, a rare autoimmune disease causing tightening of the skin and serious damage to internal organs.
This year marked the sixth anniversary of the event in Nova Scotia, but it is a nationwide fundraiser held in cities across the country, serving as the primary fundraiser for the cause and also an opportunity to raise awareness and bring together those living with the disease.
The 5K and 1K courses made use of the Bedford waterfront and DeWolf Park.
Among the participants was Paula-Lynn Duke, race director of last weekend’s Hillside 2 Haiti run in Cole Harbour.