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Transplant Trots scheduled for N.S. Oct. 13-15

Runs to be held in Westville, Antigonish and Dartmouth

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Oct. 6, 2017

WESTVILLE, N.S. – Three events, three different communities, and one worthy cause.
The new Nova Scotia chapter of the Canadian Transplant Association (CTA) will be hosting three upcoming Transplant Trot events to raise awareness about the need of organ and tissue donation, and to raise funds to support education initiatives for the association.
Cindy Osmond, who has had two liver transplant operations, participated in her first Transplant Trot in Moncton, N.B. in 2015. She is now heading up the Nova Scotia CTA chapter, and will be race director with her daughter Jennifer MacDonald for the Westville run on Friday, Oct. 13.

The Canadian Transplant Association will host Transplant Trot run/walks in the Nova Scotia communities of Westville, Antigonish and Dartmouth on Oct. 13-15. Shown here are participants during last year’s event in Antigonish.

Photo courtesy of Cindy Osmond

“We had one in Antigonish last year, with proceeds going to the New Brunswick chapter,” said Osmond. “Now we have a chapter here, so the funds will stay in Nova Scotia.”
Each event will feature 10K and 5K run/walks, as well as 1K kids’ events.
First up will be the Westville run on Oct. 13 at 5:30 p.m., which will include a route between the town’s Victoria Park and Acadia Park. Next will be the Antigonish event at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14, starting and finishing at Columbus Field. The events will conclude with the Dartmouth event on Sunday, Oct. 15, also at 10:30 a.m., taking place at Shubie Park.
“The routes are all pretty similar,” said Osmond. “We try to keep them off the road, for safety reasons.”

As for the expected turnout, she said that remains a question mark.
“Some have registered already, and a lot are telling me they’re going to,” said Osmond. “A lot of it will depend on the weather.”
The first Transplant Trot was held in Moncton 13 years ago, and the event has since grown across the country, now being held in about 30 different communities. Three events were held in New Brunswick in April of this year, and the association hopes to expand to Prince Edward Island next year.
For more information about the Transplant Trots, visit here for Westville, here for Antigonish, and here for Dartmouth.