Race Recap: Terry Fox Run, Hubbards again and not Peggy’s Cove NS

Want to know a fun fact, well maybe not that fun actually. I work or try to work a few posts ahead and I had the race recap for Peggy’s Cove really well started for this one but…I ended up doing the Hubbards one again and it was a really happy accident, like really happy! It wasn’t for lack of trying and it did involve driving in that sweet spot between the speed limit and not really all that likely to get a ticket. But spoiler alert there is the slightest of chances that I might help organize the Peggy’s Cove run next year. So stay tuned, slight, slight chance. So here’s how that all went down! It was amazing!


Last year I corrected my slight asshole-ness and did the Terry Fox Run in my home community of Hubbards for the first time since I was a kid. I came up with the idea of doing runs in different communities each year as an excuse to run in different places. With over 9000 communities holding runs across Canada alone I shouldn’t be short on options! This year I picked (and registered for) Peggy’s Cove since it’s handy and I discovered just how beautiful a place it is to run when we worked there over the last winter. However that plan went sideways pretty dang fast.

Last week I registered for the Peggy’s Cove/ Indian Harbour run, it said meet at the visitors centre at 12 to check in race is at 1, I swear. I even got a conformation email or screen or something. So Sunday morning I checked those times but it was like the run was deleted from the internet.  So at 9 am I called the visitors centre and Dominique informed me she hadn’t heard anything about it. That’s not good. So I decided to give myself time to book it back to Hubbards if I had to with my donation. I stopped at the Whales Back because those ladies and gents actually know what’s up in Peggy’s Cove and she said it’s been at the school for 20 years but there is no signs this year, uh-oh! So I booked it to the visitor’s centre, no run there. I stopped and visited the friends and customers we were working for last year and said hello because hugs, but there is a small chance they might host next year, we’ll see! I stopped at the school no run there either and then I booked it to Hubbards! That’s where the race recap begins.

A bit about the ‘race’: The annual Terry Fox Run is held in over 9000 locations across Canada to raise money for leading edge cancer research. But you don’t have to pay to participate. You can run, walk or bike. Terry Fox was a cancer patient and amputee when he started his run across Canada in 1980. He ran more then a marathon a day for 143 days before stopping to receive more treatment in what he called the marathon of hope. His last wish was for his run to continue and so it has for 38 years. Check out the foundation’s site for more information and to register for next year! It’s run by community members so it’s not timed or competitive and has no corporate sponsorship.

So how about Hubbard’s specifically… well if you read last years post this will seem very, very familiar. But keep reading because I got to run with a super hero/ inspirational yoga lady/ cheetah and friend. Why am I so excited by that, well because it’s something I literally never get to do. Sorry trainees you sort of don’t count because half of you made me and you don’t really have a choice, plus ya’ll aren’t that fast, at least yet!

But this is about the run in Hubbards mostly. So like all 9000+ (that’s a mind blowing number one for every 5000 Canadians) the run in Hubbards is totally volunteer driven. The run starts at the Shore Club, a local lobster supper and on Saturday a nights dance hall. The family that own the Shore Club the Harnish’s get total credit on this one since the run has been there for as long as I can remember like 25+ years. Definitely one of those pillars of the community families that I talk about in this post about the goods and bads of living in a small town. The run claims to be a 10k but I had it at 8.22 km last year and you can run, walk or bike. But Hubbards is a pretty laid back place so I would imagine scooting, skate boarding, hover boarding or anything similar would probably fly too. Also they make it very clear that it’s okay to cut some loops, or all the loops or turn around before the end of the road if you want to. So it’s way chill!

Organizing the Terry Fox Run in Hubbards for 20 years and counting!

Parking and weather: It was 27 degrees, with the lightest of wind, very sunny and 96% humidity. So even though I wore my coolest feeling tank I still stripped down to my sports bra less than a km in. This year’s turnout wasn’t as good as last year probably because of the heat but I did meet a lady from Kelona BC who was Terry Fox-ing on her vacation, how cool is that. We were officially bi-coastal this year! Parking was a non issue. Hundreds of people cram that place on a Saturday night so there is room for growth!

Cheer Squad: So officially not applicable since and last year I wrote that  “I ran into one of my favourite Tuesday night yoga ladies which was awesome since I haven’t been there much lately. This girl is my hero in her 50’s still regularly Boston qualifies and paced a 1/2 marathon at Maritime Race Weekend YESTERDAY!” Guess what, that’s who I got to run with this year! Even though she was dressed for a walk, waring a cotton shirt and regular bra she decided to run with me! This lady is fast! I had to take some walk breaks, like 5 with her and she hadn’t even been running since early June! See she’s a cheetah! I’d like to blame the heat but it was her pace. At one point we were running up the big hill at my 5k PR race pace! She cheered me on and joked about being my run coach, who’s joking you did a great job! Also trainee’s I see why you curse at me sometimes now!

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Hubbards Terry Fox Run route and directions

Course: It’s a 10k on the site and even though I did the whole thing with all the options, at least I’m pretty sure I did, I clocked in at 8.22 km last year. This year Norma headed to cut back a little early and I wasn’t correcting her! So we didn’t do that final back to the school route and we did 7.5 km this year. I hope she’s sore tomorrow! Who am I kidding she’s not going to be sore!

There’s not a lot of info online about the route which I think is typical of Terry Fox Runs and this one is a bit complex. So I decided to put some effort into getting it out there since inquiring minds might want to know. So here it is. This route takes you all around the stunningly beautiful Hubbards Cove. I’m a bit spoiled and I get to run here all the time but it is incredibly picturesque and as far as I’m aware the only event in town that will bring you around the loop. So there is my plug for getting out here and doing ‘our’ Terry Fox Run. Check out the graphic I made of the route with all 10 steps outlined.

Logistics and support: You should plan to be totally self supported on this one. No water stops, no traffic control and no turn here signs. It’s just a run through a small town. Las year I suggested that the (%100) volunteer fire department could be nice water stop. This year two families set up lemonade stations which you would pass three times on course, how cute is that! One dad I know is literally the nicest person in the world and he was manning the stop with his two kids. I should have stopped but Norma just cruised on by! Just in case you should bring water!

Post run sweaty selfie! I was way, way sweatier than I look in this one!

Race goals: So these changed a lot throughout the day originally I wanted to run a fast-is 10k in beautiful and relatively cool Peggy’s Cove before a slower one at Valley Harvest early next month. But it turned into a fasting 7.5 k in very hot Hubbards with a friend.

Swag: a sticker: a little ribbon and you can buy a shirt for $25. But totally not the point here. Also it’s not timed and there is no bibs just so you know.


Results: Just my time here 7.5 k in 51 minuets, actually last year I was a tad faster. Maybe it was the heat afterall! We did the first 4 k at about 6:30 per km and that tuckered me out so more walk breaks at the end!

Looking back: It just wasn’t in the cards for me to venture further from home this year. It was really awesome to run with a friend though, I hope it happens more often now. Plus, Hubbards is pretty and I like to share that. Come run!

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