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Fiddlers Run youth race will celebrate life in Sydney before steel plant shut down


SYDNEY — Participants in the Fiddlers Run youth race are too young to recall the evening glow over parts of Sydney in the days when slag was dumped at the steel plant.

David Gabriel, Chair of the Cape Breton Fiddlers Run, addresses the crowd prior to the start of the Doctors Nova Scotia Youth Run.

But event organizer David Gabriel is hoping Saturday’s Glowing Hearth Kids Run, to be held on the site of the former mill, will help educate the younger generation about the city’s industrial past.

“Many of us can remember playing outside and seeing the glow that was cast across parts of Sydney when they dumped the slag, but lately there has been a complete community amnesia about things that were once part of our lives,” said Gabriel.

“We want to acknowledge some of what life was like in Sydney before the plant shut down. To honour this, the kids running on the Open Hearth trails will be carrying Glow Sticks.”

This year’s edition of the annual Fiddlers Run will also feature a runners’ summit featuring distinguished runner and triathlete Paddy McCluskey, a former Cape Bretoner now working as a physician in British Columbia.

McCluskey, who will address the age-old question of “to run or not to run” during his turn at the podium, will be preceded by a number of other speakers including Steve MacNeil on winter running and local doctor and triathlete Chris Milburn who will discuss “the aging runner’s body."

“This is new for us and we’re excited to present guest speakers who will talk about topical issues on running,” said Gabriel.

“The Fiddlers Run is about more than just the races – it’s a community event and it’s a celebration of physical activity, fitness and wellness.”

The actual runs will take place on Sunday with all races starting and finishing at the Victoria Park Armouries in Sydney’s north end.

There will be a five-kilometre run, a 10-km run, a half-marathon and a half-marathon relay.

This year's event will not feature a full marathon.

FIDDLERS RUN

Schedule of Events

SATURDAY

• Runners summit: 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., - officers mess at Victoria Park

• Registration: 1-6 p.m. - Victoria Park

• Sports expo: 1-6 p.m., - Victoria Park

• Pasta dinner and Celtic music: 4-6 p.m. - Victoria Park

• Glowing Hearth Youth Run: Registration 5:30-6:15 p.m. - Open Hearth parking lot; Run 6:30 p.m., Open Hearth south trails

SUNDAY

• 9:30 a.m. - Half-marathon

• 9:30 a.m. - Half-marathon Relay

• 10:05 a.m. – Five-km race

• 10:05 a.m. – 10-km race

All races start and finish at Victoria Park Armouries

david.jala@cbpost.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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