Pirates and treasure at Maritime Race Weekend

By all accounts Nova Scotia’s inaugural Maritime Race Weekend was a complete success. 


Entries sold out two months in advance, with hundreds on a waitlist, lured by the promise of designer race shirts, fantastic race bling, gorgeous coastline routes (including pirates) and an East Coast celebration that no one wanted to miss.

Maritime Race Weekend was one of a race series created by United by Running that has revolutionized racing on Canada’s East Coast.


Runners arrived at the Fisherman’s Cove start in pirate costumes, spectators danced to local music along the finish chute and the energy was contagious.  Cash prizes (pirate booty) were awarded to participants in costume, while rum cake and ice cream cones were served at the finish line.


A two-day event called Tartan Twosome started with a 5K sunset run on Friday night and 12 hours later runners returned at sunrise for their second race – a marathon, half marathon or 10K.


The weather was phenomenal, participants embraced the pirate theme, had the largest outdoor spandex kitchen party the East Coast has ever seen and the smiles crossing the finish line said it all.  It's been declared by many as the best race Nova Scotia has ever had.

14-15 September 2012
Fisherman's Cove
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Over 2,000 cycling enthusiasts and charity fundraisers arrived at the start line of the Marie Curie Cancer Care Etape Pennines start line on a chilly, yet gloriously sunny October morning. Despite being billed as a tough sportive, none of the riders really knew how much of a challenge was lying ahead of them. With well over 2,000 metres of climbing, most of which was squeezed into a 25 mile section of the route, England’s first closed road sportive pushed riders to their absolute limits in what has since been labelled as Britain’s toughest sportive. As the old saying goes, what goes up must come down, and nowhere was that more true than at the this event. .


The down hills were exhilarating, with some riders clocking up a staggering 52mph on their Garmin’s. It wasn’t just the down hills you were rewarded with at the top of the climbs however, as the views were equally as mesmerising. Taking in the most breathtaking views the North East had to offer, at some points riders could see as far as Scotland.


The Marie Curie Cancer Care Etape Pennines was summed up perfectly by Cycling Plus Magazine, who stated “Beautiful but brutal, this event has the makings of a classic’


Visit www.etapepennines.co.uk to sign up to the 2013 event which takes place on the 6th October.

6 October 2012
County Durham
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