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Trick, treat and trot in Bridgewater

Oct. 28 event a fundraiser for YMCA Strong Kids

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Oct. 23, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, N.S. – It’s the one night of the year that ghosts and vampires might be found running a 10K with superheroes and princesses. They might even be running a 5K or a 1K too.
It’s all part of the annual YMCA Trick or Treat Trot, which will be held in Bridgewater this year on Saturday, Oct. 28.
“Our goal, as always, is to have fun in what we are doing,” said Kim Roy, manager of the Lunenburg County YMCA. “Thus is the first year that we have had it chip timed, and we are hoping that draws more of the running crowd. We also suggest people dress up for this run to make it more fun, as it is right around Halloween.”

Isabelle Kaulback and Matt Naugler were among the participants in last year’s YMCA Trick or Treat Trot in Bridgewater, N.S. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 28.

Photo courtesy of Lunenburg County YMCA

The Strong Kids Campaign supports the participation of children, teens and young adults in YMCA programs. More than $13 million was raised across Canada for last year’s campaign.
The Trick or Treat Trot route makes use of some of the sidewalks within the Town of Bridgewater, and ventures onto the Centennial Trail, which is maintained by the Municipality of Lunenburg, making for a scenic run through the forest on a gravel trail.
For more on the YMCA Trick or Treat Trot, visit here.
The event started back in 2011, in collaboration with Walk NS, explained membership and program director Alicia Strong.
“We received a walking grant that year and wanted more people to get active through walking, so we held a fun run for free that year,” she said. “The participant turnout was fantastic, so in 2012 we planned another event as a fundraiser for our Strong Kids Campaign and it has been building ever since.”