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Yarmouth's Boxing Day 5K to be held for 9th year

Some of the participants in the 2016 Boxing Day 5K in Yarmouth. The event has been held annually for almost a decade and will take place again Tuesday, Dec. 26. ERIC BOURQUE PHOTO
Some of the participants in the 2016 Boxing Day 5K in Yarmouth. The event has been held annually for almost a decade and will take place again Tuesday, Dec. 26. ERIC BOURQUE PHOTO

Event starts at 10 a.m. at Tim Hortons (old train station)

For many Yarmouth-area runners, a regular part of the holiday season is the annual Boxing Day 5K, or Turkey Run, which will be held for the ninth year Tuesday, Dec. 26, starting at 10 a.m.

The race again will begin at Tim Hortons (the old train station). The participants will head south on Main Street, completing nearly two loops before finishing on Water Street in the parking lot of West Nova Fuels.

If they haven’t already done so, people can register for the event at Runner’s Attic until closing time Dec. 23 or they can sign up on race day between 9 and 9:45 a.m. Race-day registration is by cash only .

The entry fee is $25 for adults, $15 for students and there is a family rate of $80. The fee includes race support, water and draw prizes, as well as a hot breakfast, which will be served at a post-race reception at the Yarmouth Knights of Columbus hall at 11 a.m.

 Race director Bobbly Lou Reardon invites people to come out for what has become a favourite for many runners.

“It’s fun for the whole family,” she said. “Get out and run or walk off the turkey, see who is home for Christmas, get some fresh air and gather for breakfast at the Knights after.”

There were just over 160 finishers in last year’s Boxing Day 5K, which was held on a sunny but chilly morning.

Proceeds from the race go to the Megan Corkum Athletic Fund, which supports athletes who travel to compete.

If you have a question about Yarmouth’s Boxing Day 5K, send an email to yarmouthturkeyrun@hotmail.com

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