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Annual Halifax run raises funds for Point Pleasant Park

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
April 3, 2017

HALIFAX – Point Pleasant Park may not have felt like a jungle on cold, snowy Sunday, April 2, but Halifax Jungle Run race director Sam Buckley seemed quite satisfied with the second annual event.
“I was very happy with how things went, and I’m basking in the post-race afterglow,” said Buckley, the day after the 5K race.

Safari sprinters line up to give Halifax Jungle Run co-organizer Chris Holland a pre-race high five before setting out on their 1K run on Sunday, April 2.

Photo courtesy of Sam Buckley

“Our volunteers and even our student runners showed up nice and early, and there were no major hiccups in the production of the event.”
He also gave credit to The Running Room, St. John Ambulance, Freeman’s Pizza and Rockstar Energy for sowing up and performing their respective roles in a professional manner.
The event, which will donate proceeds towards reforestation initiatives at the popular Halifax park, drew more than 100 registrations, although only 63 turned out. Buckley speculated that the snowy weather likely had an impact on the numbers.
“The good news is we were much more profitable and things ran much more smoothly,” he said. “Everyone I spoke to seemed to be having fun despite the cold.”
The snow did not seem to slow anyone down. Nick Brooks, the “Halifax Tiger” ran the route in a speedy 18:35, but it was not enough for first place this year, as Dalhousie cross-country athlete Colin Long blazed through the course in 17:20. Finishing in third place was Isaiah McCallaugh at 20:43.
Top females were Sarah Warford at 25:18, Caroline Godfrey at 26:04, and Lauren Johnson at 26:11.
Complete results can be found here .
“Considering nearly the entire route was covered in a two-centimetre layer of snow, I’d say that’s pretty wicked,” said Buckley. “This is why we came up with the Tiger idea in the first place – to lure out all the cheetahs.”
Participants were overwhelmed with prizes this year, including the many youngsters who received stuffed animals for taking part. They also got to run the 1K route with the Dalhousie Tiger mascot, and were cheered on by all the runners preparing for the 5K.
The event also had a bonus benefit of introducing many to the sport.
“Two of my friends told me they were determined to get into running now that they’d raced, and that honestly made my day,” said Buckley. “Originally, my vision for this event was to get my would-be run club excited about running and show them it doesn’t have to be a chore. To see my friends, new and old, celebrating their achievement at the finish line was truly heartwarming.”