I love a local marathon – today’s run, a local marathon.

Left Shelburne, arrived in Barrington Passage 10 minutes before race time.  Timing a bit tight…but with less than 200 runners, no worries.  Start: quarter-past 8, sun waking, rising UP above the ocean.

Cool breeze as we left town/passed Tim Horton’s & crossed the causeway to Cape Sable Island.  Clouds deflected [sun] rays ‘til the Half Marathon turnout.  Ran miles with a couple from Lunenberg NS.  We talked ships & tourism, my 100 marathon goal & ‘bout the other American they met at the Start [fellow Maniac Dan Ruiz – hung around & congratulated his Finish; good guy/another 50 Stater].

Halfers peeled off near mile 12-ish (course marked only in kilometers).  Sun beamed, temps warmed, luckily ocean winds gusted (keeping it cool) as we neared The Hawk (Nova Scotia’s southernmost point).  Traded places back-n-forth with a foreign runner entering Clark’s Harbour (mile 18-ish).  Friendly guy, tried communicating/offered his grapefruit…but I struggled to understand, so nodded & smiled politely.  [Talked later.  Syrian refugee, living local, running his first marathon.]

Barrington Passage, Clark’s Harbour, Cape Sable Island – small sparse populations.  today’s Aid Stations?  ALL manned (or wo-mann’d) with friendly upbeat individuals.  THAT’s why I love a local marathon.  LOVE the support they give to runners & the impression they leave of their community.

Water, energy drinks, gels, buckets of wet sponges.  Used those sponges from mile 19 on.  Emptied one overhead, wrung another ’round my neck.  Next aid station: wash/wet & reapply.  Plan worked 8 days ago in balmy Iowa.  10 degrees cooler in O’ Canada: felt even better.

All ’bout adjusting summer-month expectations.  Not a sub-4 but finished & finished with a smile 🙂

4th province completed, second marathon of the month.  Free showers provided at the Rec AND a hot bowl of lobster chowder – FAAANNNNTASTIC!  LOVE LOVE local marathons.  Barrington IS the ‘Lobster Capital of Canada’.

2 hours to Halifax, return flight home – but not ‘til Monday.  Stephen & Sheila in one car/headed back to the States, sleeps in Fredericton NB.  I with Lynne & family, destination: Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia’s iconic lighthouse.  Best hosts ever, right?

Originally built in 1868, Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse is Nova Scotia’s busiest tourist attraction, an iconic Canadian image.  Towering white with red trim, [the lighthouse] stands STRONG/majestic over the inlet’s craggy rock shoreline.  Breathtaking.  Just WOW!

To the Cavanaughs, Gillis’ & Schofields – I am indebted.  Two weeks of vacation squeezed into a 4-day weekend.  What an adventure!

Thanks from the bottom of my American heart ❤


47th Annual Nova Scotia Marathon Half Marathon and 10 Km – Results


Sunday, July 23, 2017

Barrington Passage, NS



Place   Bib       Athlete            From                                       Gun Time

42        104      K R Haga        Louisville, CO, US                  4:26:05




Nova Scotia Marathon




Bay of Fundy Int'l Marathon


Early a.m. drop-off at the Lubec School, followed by a bus ride to today’s marathon start at Quoddy Head State Park.  Lighthouse & an ocean view.  All smiles.

Temps would surpass mid-80°F  by marathon end – summer marathoning norm, even in Canada.

Stretched, chugged water, last-minute porta-a-john use – filled time while awaiting the National Anthem…O’ Canada would be sung today.  My second Canadian province in 2 weeks.  YES!

Flat, easy start.  6 miles to Roosevelt Memorial Bridge.  Cleared Customs in advance – no drama.

I’d follow the same path as yesterday’s sight-see to Head Harbour Lightstation. Only one east-west route on Campobello…gonna take more than 15 minutes to cross the Island today by foot.  LOL>

Lotta rolling hills.  Find the change in pace suits [me] more than miles of flat pavement.  Another beautiful sunshiny day, albeit a bit warmer than yesterday.  Roosevelt Campobello Int’l Park, Friar’s Bay, Herring Cove Provincial Park.  Stayed on Route 774, kept right & caught much-appreciated shade past Wilson’s Beach.  Trekked to the end of Lighthouse Rd – stopped & gazed at Head Harbour Lightstation before water fueling for the return loop to Lubec [pronounced: loo-BECK].

Last 10k, started feelin’ the full morning rays.  Slogged a mile+ with 2 early-start 50 Staters.  Good mental refresh – LOVE my running community.

Saw Mulholland Point Lighthouse in the distance (approx 2 miles to go).  Up & over the bridge, past the International Boundary Line, US Customs folk cheered as we raced into downtown Lubec toward the Finish.

Marathon SUCCESS!  Finish Line #66 – 2nd Canadian province, 17th long run of the year (including 3 ultras).


2016 Bay of Fundy International Marathon

Congratulations K R on completing, with a finish time of: 4:46:29.


Today’s post-race food reward?  Plate of local-catch steamers.  FAAANNNTASTIC!





Campobello Island, NB


Campobello Island – pretty exotic name for an island settled by Brits, huh?

Another after-work Friday nite flight.  Early a.m. in Manchester NH, grabbed 5 hours sleep, then hit the highway with my friend Stephen – destination: New Brunswick, Canada.

5+ hour trek across all of Maine.  Sunny skies, warm summer temps.

Arrived in Lubec – quick pic at the easternmost town in the US – then 2 miles to FDR Memorial Bridge, our border crossing into Canada.  2 provinces in 2 weeks: Rocky Mtn west [last Sunday], now Atlantic Ocean east.  Big grin.

Campobello Island is located in the Bay of Fundy, known for having the highest tidal range in the world.  Top of today’s sightseeing list: an ocean walk to Head Harbour Lightstation.


Campobello Island is an island located at the entrance to Passamaquoddy Bay, adjacent to the entrance to Cobscook Bay, and within the Bay of Fundy. The island is one of the Fundy Islands and is part of Charlotte County, New Brunswick, Canada.


The greatest tides in the world occur in the Bay of Fundy…. Burntcoat Head in the Minas Basin, Nova Scotia, has the greatest mean spring range with 14.5 metres (47.5 feet) and an extreme range of 16.3 metres (53.5 feet).


sleeping in US (Eastern), marathoning in Canada (Atlantic)

sleeping in US (Eastern), marathoning in Canada (Atlantic)

Visitors Center (maps, restaurant info & sightseeing musts), marathon bib pick-up upon entering New Brunswick & my 2nd Canadian National Park (ya’ll know I’m a FAN).

Roosevelt Campobello International Park was created as a memorial to US President Franklin D Roosevelt – whose family built a summer home on the Island.  Who knew, right?  During my 50 State Quest, visited the homes of Thomas Jefferson & Abraham Lincoln PLUS the Clinton Presidential Library.  Never expected to be touring another American president’s home…while in Canada.  HA!

Roosevelt Cottage was over-the-top staffed; knowledgeable guides spouting Roosevelt facts on each floor, in each room.  Coming from a middle-class upbringing, didn’t leave feeling a close kinship with Roosevelts – interesting exploring their era though.  Talk ’bout lifestyles of the rich & famous. Kinda like the mansion walk in Newport RI; same time period, same old $$.

…it was a nationalistic movement in the 1880’s that turned wealthy visitors away from Europe to spend summers in America.  Wealthy people with extensive leisure time flocked to resorts like Newport, Bar Harbor, St. Andrews, and Campobello.

Snagged an oceanview lunch, then travelled to the eastern edge of Campobello — to Head Harbour Lightstation.  Unfortunately,  missed low tide by several hours.  No worries.  Soaked in the ocean smell, gazed out across the water.  Beautiful day.  Lucky in life.

All essential to-do’s checked off the list.  I’d see this lighthouse again during tomorrow’s 42.2 🙂

Dinner & lodging accommodations in Maine.  Short return drive; east-west only 10 miles of road on this Fundy isle.  Snapped a pic at the International Boundary Line.

Sunshine & warm ocean breezes ALL DAY — good one to be a tourist.



Campobello Island, New Brunswick


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