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Tuna festival kicks off with annual fun run Aug. 20

Wedgeport welcomes runners for 10K, 5K

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Aug. 19, 2017

LOWER WEDGEPORT, N.S. – The Wedgeport Tuna Festival will kick off tomorrow with what has become a popular part of the event, the sixth annual Tuna Fun Run.
Organizers are hopeful for another good turnout at the event, which will get underway at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 20.
“The festival attracts thousands of people, and really the biggest activities are next weekend,” said Brandon Doucette, who coordinates the event with Chloe Nickerson. “We decided to try doing the run as the first event, and it was a big hit. It wasn’t too close to the other stuff, and it gave people a reason to come.”

The sixth annual Wedgeport Tuna Fun Run will take place in Lower Wedgeport, N.S. on Sunday, Aug. 20. Shown here are participants during last year’s run.

Photo courtesy of Brandon Doucette

The event features a 10K and 5K run/walk, and has proven popular among the running community. It brings many participants to the small fishing community, located about 15-20 minutes from Yarmouth, for the first time.
It’s all part of the Wedgeport Tuna Tournament and Festival, an annual event that was revived in 2004, and has grown each year. The fun run has been a big part of that growth, according to Doucette.
“It’s a good little fundraiser, we’re a not-for-profit organization, so it definitely does help,” he said. “But for sure the goal is to try and get people out here. We tell people it’s a fun run – they can run, they can walk, they can do a bit of both.
"Children 12 and under can participate for free, because we try to encourage people of all ages to come out," he added.
Both 5K and 10K routes start and finish at the Wedgeport Sport Tuna Fishing Museum, taking in some of the community’s side roads.
Last year’s event drew close to 90 participants, and Doucette is hoping to match or better that number this year. Like other events, turnout is usually dictated by the weather.
“We’re hoping for 90 or maybe even 100 people, if it’s not too hot and not too cold,” he said.
For more on the Wedgeport Tuna Fun Run, visit here .