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Sunshine, hugs and tutus

Sole Sisters welcomes back 3,000 participants

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
June 11, 2017

DARTMOUTH, N.S. – Stacy Chesnutt wishes running events were not so dependent on weather conditions, but this year, she got lucky.
The sixth annual women’s 5K took place Saturday evening under sunny skies, with a crowd of 3,000 happy participants.
“It was amazing,” said Chesnutt, race director for the event, which is the largest women’s 5K event in the country. “I was a little worried because it was warmer than I thought it would be. They were calling for 19-20 degrees, and when we walked to the start, I looked and it was 75F (24C).”

It was a sea of purple in Dartmouth on Saturday evening for the sixth annual Sole Sisters women’s 5K.

Photo by Paul Morris

It was the first Sole Sisters experience for Joanne Swinimer, who promised it would not be her last.
“If you had said to me a year ago that I’d be running an untimed fun 5K in a tutu, I would have told you that you were nuts,” she said. “But I enjoyed every moment of it. Walking to the start line and seeing 3,000 women of all abilities, shapes and sizes was truly an amazing sight.”
Perhaps no one had more fun than Chesnutt herself, who led the crows in the pre-run warm-up, and even took part in the race herself for the first time.
“The whole thing was absolutely perfect, which was awesome and unusual. It means the October event will have terrible weather, or something bad will happen,” she joked (we think).
Sole Sisters will return with its 5K, quarter and half marathon event on Oct. 1.
She reminded the participants to keep hydrated, and there were no medical issues, nor were there any traffic issues. The run was wrapped up by 7:36 p.m., the second earliest in the event’s history.
Renee Valiente has run in every Sole Sisters event since it started in 2012, and said every year it gets better and better.
“It usually rains so I’ll admit that made a big difference this year,” she said. “It’s very well organized and the volunteers are amazing. It’s a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere… and so much fun!”
It was Valiente’s first running event since having a baby four weeks ago. She has been running for a few years, and said Sole Sisters is always on her list.
“I love how Sole Sisters encourages new runners to get out there, for experienced runners to have fun, and for young girls to get active,” she said. “The swag is awesome too.”