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Countdown to Race Weekend
October 7th and 8th, 2017






2017 Race Information

Start Times

Saturday, October 7th 2017

Kids Runs at 2:00pm

Sunday, October 8th 2017

7:30am (50km Ultra Marathon, Full Marathon)
7:45am (Half Marathon)
8:00am (10km)
8:05am (5km Run)

 

Aid Stations & Support

Aid stations and on route support will be available for 5 hours after the start of the race. After 5 hours, all remaining runners will be given a reasonable chance to finish the marathon with minimal support and traffic control.

Facilities

Portable toilets will be available near the race start and along the route. Showers are also available free of charge.

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The Course


All races will follow the exact same route leaving Raymond Field.

 

The Valley Harvest Marathon is offering the option to Ultra-Marathoners and Marathoners to start their run earlier than the posted 7:30am start time. The early start will be at 6:30am from Raymond Field at Acadia University. However, any person who starts early must understand that our support systems including but not limited to water, safety, marshals, traffic control, medical assistance etc., does not commence until the regular start time of 7:30am and all those early starters do so with this understanding and assume all risks associated with starting early. By allowing an early start, we are facilitating an official start time only. The Valley Harvest Marathon course (for all distances) closes at 1:30pm and all our support systems, timing etc., ceases at that hour.

 

Map to the marathon from either Halifax or Greenwood via the highway 101.

Directions once Main between Kent / Gaspereau closes at 7:15am.
Start Line for All Races
Water Stops Map
Detour, Street Closure, Parking Map
Port-a-potty map
5K Run (140kb, JPG)
10K Run (1834kb, TIF)
Full Marathon Map (1.1mb, TIF)
Half Marathon Map (2.1mb, JPG)
Ultra Marathon Map (202kb, TIF)

Marathon: The race starts and finishes on Acadia University's Raymond Field. Acadia is one of the most historic and picturesque university campuses in Canada. You head west out of town toward the village of Greenwich. From there, you will then run past apple orchards, horse farms and pastoral scenery, through gently rolling terrain, as you take in the splendour of the Valley during our Autumn Harvest.

Half Marathon: The Half marathon features some gently rolling terrain, while the Full Marathon presents a few moderate hills. Whether you are doing the Half or the Full, you will finish back in Wolfville, at the grandstand of Acadia University's legendary Raymond Field. You will enter the track on the opposite side of the grandstand, giving you a 3/4 lap on the track as you are "brought home" to the noise of the crowd and the Run Nova Scotia Race Crew!

10km: The 10km race starts at Acadia's Raymond Field. Runners will head west out of town towards the village of Greenwich. From there you will run across the Dyke and into Port Williams and head back to Wolfville for a finish on the track at Raymond field.

5km Run: The 5km is a flat out and back fun run, on pavement and groomed trail, featuring chip timing. The run will begin at the Marathon start line and will finish at the Acadia University Raymond Field stadium.

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Marathon Training

The website '26.2' has a free day by day marathon training program for three different levels of runners. Track your marathon training with personalized running log that features a built-in daily training program leading up to your marathon race day from Personal Logs.com.

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Community Support

The Valley Harvest Marathon Association (VHMA) recognizes that several organizations in our community need and deserve financial support in order to survive. Each year the VHMA supports several worthy organizations who, in turn, have helped us.

 

 

Weather

Weather conditions on race day for the past 12 years in nearby Kentville, NS (closest weather station, data from Environment Canada):


Year        2016    2015    2014    2013    2012     2011     2010    2009   
Max Temp    20.6°C  13.5°C  12.8°C  13.2°C  17.3°C   26.2°C   11.2°C  13°C             
Min Temp    9.2°C   0.5°C   4.2°C   0°C     8.9°C    16.0     5.5°C    3°C               
Precip.     0.0mm   0.2mm   0.2mm   0mm     0.8mm    0mm      0mm      0mm    

Year        2008    2007    2006    2005   2004
Max Temp    15°C    15°C    19°C    14°C   16°C
Min Temp    5°C     11°C    8°C    7°C   11°C
Precip.     0mm     27mm    18mm   0mm   14mm

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Post Race Reception

There will be a post race reception - when you are back. Help yourself to healthy snacks while you browse shoe expos and sponsor booths. Guests of runners are invited to the reception

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Fitness Assessment

Participants should assess their fitness level and consider entering only if there is a realistic chance of completing the chosen distance in under six hours. We recommend a physical examination within the past six months. We advise a stress test for those over 40 years of age participating in their first marathon.

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