VICTORY LAP: A VIRTUAL FUN RUN AROUND NOVA SCOTIA

Join us for a virtual fun run around Nova Scotia in support of a good cause. For every age, every fitness level, and every corner of the province. How far can you go?
Let's take a victory lap around the province together.
May 22 - June 12

May 29th update: We have completed one lap of the province! Let's see how many more we can do! You can still join between now and June 12th.

The Concept

  • A virtual event by the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame that offers participation by donation (pay-what-you-can), with all proceeds going to Kids Help Phone
  • Participants can run or walk to complete kms with the goal of collectively accumulating enough kms to go all the way around Nova Scotia– the ultimate victory lap!
  • The run event will take place over three weeks, from Friday, May 22 to Friday, June 12
  • Participants can follow along with the virtual milestones, set their own individual goals, and log their own progress
  • This is a great opportunity to stay active and motivated as part of a team of participants while still maintaining safe social distancing. And it’s an opportunity to celebrate Nova Scotia and our great sport history!

How To Sign Up

Joining the Victory Lap is easy! Click on the button below to make your donation through Event Brite. Once you have submitted your information, you will receive an email with:

  • More information on the run and safety recommendations
  • A link to our Victory Lap Google Doc, where you will have your own personal tab for tracking your kms (please note that it may take up to 24 hrs after registration for this tab to be available)
  • A link to the Victory Lap Facebook Group, so you can share your successes with others
  • Recommended tracking apps for counting your kms
  • Plus, participants will receive follow up emails with updates on total distance completed in the Victory Lap, milestone celebrations, and invitations to special virtual events and fitness classes for run participants

All ages and fitness levels are encouraged to join. Participants can complete kms by running or walking, and kms are logged on the honour system. If you miss the start date, you can still sign up at any time during the three-week run period.

The Route and Milestones

Victory Lap is a virtual route around Nova Scotia that is based on an actual set of walking routes mapped on Google Maps. The total length, and our collective running/walking goal, is 2,485 km. The route begins at the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame, travels through Truro, around the top of the Bay of Fundy, to Amherst, along the Northumberland Strait, through Antigonish, clockwise around Cape Breton, down the Eastern shore, passing through the Metro area, continuing down the Annapolis Valley and onwards to Yarmouth, then around the South Shore, finishing back at the Hall of Fame. Check out the map below, along with a list of milestones to set as your own personal goals!

About the Cause

Kids Help Phone is Canada’s only 24/7 national service offering bilingual professional counselling, information and referrals, and volunteer-led text-based support to young people.Whether by phone, text, on their mobile app or through their website, Kids Help Phone is always open in any moment of crisis or need.

In this moment of heightened anxiety, Kids Help Phone has expanded their texting service to offer crisis response for all Canadians, no matter their age. Text TALK to 686868 (for youth) or text WELLNESS to 741741 (for adults) anytime of day or night.

Stats from Nova Scotia:

  • Service volume has remained at 2x since the Nova Scotia shootings
  • 1/3 of all conversations, in Nova Scotia, are about grief
  • 24% increase in conversations surrounding suicide (compared to pre-COVID 19)
  • 71% increase in conversations surrounding anxiety and stress (compared to pre-COVID 19)
  • Overall large increases in conversations surrounding emotional and physical abuse, feelings of isolation, and depression (compared to pre-COVID 19)

 

“Whoever you are. You are a hero. I mean it. I hope you look at yourself in the mirror and know you are saving lives. I mean that. I’m still feeling upset. But this made me know that there are people for me. Thank you so much.”

— Kids Help Phone Service User

@kidshelpphone

Visit the Kids Help Phone website for more information.

This event has been created with public health and safety in mind. It is designed to allow participation from home, or while practicing physical and social distancing in public spaces. Participants are asked to follow the safety recommendations sent to them upon registration, and to always observe the latest COVID-19 information and restrictions released by local government.

 

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