Sheila Poole 10K road race in Yarmouth being retired after long run – SaltWire NS

Sheila Poole 10K road race in Yarmouth being retired after long run  SaltWire NS

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Runners depart from the starting line of the 2019 Sheila Poole 10K in Yarmouth. The race is now being retired. ERIC BOURQUE FILE PHOTO


YARMOUTH, NS – After 24 years of hosting the popular Sheila Poole 10K Road Race in Yarmouth, the organizing committee has made the decision to retire the event.

“Over the years the 10K run, under the umbrella of Run Nova Scotia (RNS), has been supported by local and provincial businesses, and legions of volunteers and runners of all ages,” reads a media release.

“The longevity and success of this event is directly attributed to these people and organizations. The decision to retire the Sheila Poole 10K is a reflection of the committee’s wish to honour Sheila within the community, in a different manner.”

Yarmouth resident Sheila Poole, who died from cancer in 1997 at the age of 35, was a well-known and much beloved member of the running community.

At the time of her Human Race victories in the early 1990s – which was a popular Yarmouth running event – Poole was one of Nova Scotia’s best distance runners.

The eventual men’s and women’s winners are visible in this image from the 2018 Sheila Poole 10K in Yarmouth. On the left side of the shot was Denise Robson (027), who was in that year a 12-time Sheila Poole champ, and on the right was Hudson Grimshaw-Surette (064), who led all runners in his Sheila Poole debut. ERIC BOURQUE FILE PHOTO

Although awarded many times on a local and provincial level for her athletic ability, she is most remembered for her positive nature, mental toughness and caring attitude.

In dedication to her, The Human Race 10K event, which had been held annually in Yarmouth since the 1980s, was renamed The Sheila Poole 10K in 1998.

Combined, the Human Race and Sheila Poole 10K were part of the Run Nova Scotia Road Race Series for 38 years.

“Retiring the Sheila Poole 10K provides an opportunity to reinvent a 10K event in (the) area,” the media release states. “Currently, the third Saturday in July is open to any group or organization interested in picking up the torch.”

If any incoming organizers wish to be part of the Run Nova Scotia Road Race Series in 2023, applications are due by Dec. 31, 2022. The series is selected in January.

For more information on establishing a new 10K run in the Yarmouth area, people can reach out to Run Nova Scotia at [email protected]

Run Nova Scotia is a not-for-profit organization, a division of Sport Nova Scotia.

Since its inception in 1983, Run Nova Scotia has fostered and advanced road running all across the province. Its mission is to promote health, fitness and camaraderie to people of all ages and abilities through the sport of road running.

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