Subject: 224/10-A Trilogy
How to Fit 224 Hours into 10 Days---A Trilogy
Fall River Village RumRunners Relay (Halifax to Lunenburg, 117km)
The story starts Friday, September 27, 2002, preparations for the race
really started September 29, 2001 when teams begin throwing registration
money at me during the reception for last years event. We have been full,
60 teams, 600 runners as of May 2002.
I got out of bed flying knowing I, along with the rest of our 30
invaluable volunteers, would not be stopping until around 8:00pm
Saturday night when the reception would be over. I spent the day
answering/sending numerous emails, picking up finish line equipment,
prizes, T shirts, knowing that Perry Abriel, Mark Stein, Mike Pettipas,
Jerome Bruhm, Jeff Warnica, Robert Proctor, Gordon Warnica, Greg
MacDonald, and others, were doing similar things, getting generators,
computors, vehicles, etc.. Off to bed early knowing that 5:00am will be
Brrrriiinnnnggg--moan, groan, time to get going-the weather was ominous at
best-it WAS going to rain, would anyone, other than the runners of each
leg be there, would we have an glitches with gear, generators, computors,
just the elements.
Picked up Chris Hollebone, as per past 10 years, on the Bedford Highway
and arrived at Exhibition Park at 5:50am to find more than 20 vehicles
already there, registration for leg 1 had begun, runneres were putting on
flourescent vests, warming up on the road and we were actually ready to go
at 6:20, ten minutes before the start.
Still very dark, not yet raining, the 18th Consecutive RumRunners got
underway at exactly 6:31am., we were off and running.
To say things went very well would be an understatement of great
proportions. It did rain--really for the first time (other than some
short showers) since year one. This had no effect on the participation and
fun of both runners and fans, we still had the problem of MANY vehicles to
marshall at the start/finish lines, the teams did a great job in
maintaining safety first.
The rain stopped around 11:00 at Queensland and the day from then on was
just a pleasure. All legs started on time of course, but this was the best
year we had for runners (very few) not finishing legs in the specified
The event is becoming each year a party more than a competition, the
comraderrie among the teams is a highlight.
A couple times, for the fun??? of it, I left the start line late to
follow the race. A parade of cars, viewers, supporters, and locals all
along the route. We were a travelling show for the communities of
Timberlea, Tantallon, St. Margarets, Queensland, Hubbards, Chester,
Western Shore, Mahone Bay, and Lunenburg.
Twelve (12) hours after leaving Halifax we were in Lunenburg, heading for
the reception of cold Pizza and Warm Pop, festivities starting at 7:00pm,
food eaten, prizes given out, in our cars at 8:00pm and dissapeared in the
Was/Is the race successful? We have presently 20 teams registered for
2003, ONLY 50 weeks away
Many complements are due the runners, teams, and their supporters. It is
also importance to recognize the volunteers, most for the past 10 years,
many for the past 15 years, and some for all 18.
The Committee members, all by the way who have been involved from the
conception, of Jerome Bruhm, Gordon Warnica, Greg and Ann MacDonald,
Louise Ongo, and Bruce Duffy bow down to the work of their volunteer
Finish Line Crew-Mike Pettipas, Jim Abriel, Perry Abriel, James Balcom,
Wayne Banks, Nick Slaunwhite, and Ed Verge.
Computor Results-Jeff Warnica, Robert Proctor, Darlene Loke, and Hank
Web Site-Rob Clark.
Course Marshalls-Chris Hollebone, Mark Stein, Bruce Murphy, Ron Kaszor,
Nancy Kaszor, Ross Mitchell, Malcolm Pain, Jacques Thibault, and Grant
Bridgewater venues-Bill and Laura Roblee.
St. John Ambulance-Ken Belfountain.
And our sponsors-Fall River Village (Paul Pettipas, all 18 years),
Johnny Nicks Hiking Sticks, TAO (The Adventure Outfitters), Royal Flush,
NSPI, Aerobics First, Advanced Screen Printing must be recognized.