By Eric Bourque
In what could be regarded as a combination of old and new – mostly new – the name given to Yarmouth’s latest running event is a play on words of a song that was first a big hit nearly 50 years ago.
The song – initially popularized by the Crystals in the early 1960s (and a hit for Shaun Cassidy in the ‘70s) – was Da Doo Ron Ron.
Bobby Lou Reardon, spokesperson for Yarmouth’s inaugural Do-Run-Run Run – to be held Sunday, Nov. 25 – says they were “just playing around with names” when the song title came up.
The event, which will offer runners the option of doing either a 5-K or a 10-K (i.e. one or two laps of a five-kilometre course), will start and finish at the new Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School on Forest Street.
The event is a fundraiser for the school’s Night of Praise, an annual initiative “recognizing and inspiring student excellence.”
Runners can register in advance of Sunday’s event at Runner’s Attic or they can do so on the morning of the event, between 8 and 8:45.
The run is scheduled to start at 9 a.m.
From the new high school, the runners will turn left onto Forest Street and go to Haley Road, where it’s another left. The runners proceed to Parade Street, where they turn left again and run to Pleasant Street. They then run along Pleasant as far as Argyle Street, take another left and make their way along Argyle to Haley Road, then back to Forest Street and the finish at the high school.
The runners can make it a 10-K by covering the course twice.
The entry fee is $15 for adults, $10 for students.
Reardon says she would like to see plenty of people take part in the event.
“I’m hoping to get a pretty good turnout,” she said. As for the timing of the event, she added, “I didn’t want to wait until December because it would be too close to the Turkey Run (which is held on Boxing Day) and then the other option was to wait until the spring, but I sort of wanted it to get it going (now).”
The list of Yarmouth-area running events has grown quite a bit over the past few years.
Reardon hopes the area’s runners will embrace this new addition to that list. She hopes former YCMHS students in particular will come out, given the cause.
“Certainly we’ve got alumni living here, people who went to Yarmouth high,” she said.