I ventured downtown yesterday with Shelley to keep her company while her niece and nephew ran in the Youth Run of the Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon. The Youth Run is 4.2 kilometres through downtown, starting and finishing near the Halifax Metro Centre. The kids had a great run; although official times are not kept for the Youth Run, both kids finished in decent times.
I, on the other hand, didn't appreciate the walk from where we parked the car on Lower Water Street to the starting line on Brunswick - all uphill. I'm going to blame my slow pace climbing the lovely hilly streets in downtown Halifax on my treatments.
Apparently, there were 3000 or so participants, lots of them sporting blue noses...
Why the blue noses? People from Nova Scotia are known as Bluenosers - the nickname has been around for a couple hundred years. One version of the history of the name states we are called bluenosers because of the blue potatoes grown in the province, another tells a story of Nova Scotia fishermen with blue mittens and runny noses.
Wherever the name came from, there were a lot of awesome young Bluenosers running around the city yesterday.
There are lots more photos on my facebook page if you're interested.