Pleasant Bay School hosts a Virtual Blue Nose Marathon
Ashley Crowley and her students worked hard to get to this moment. They began training earlier this year in the basement of the school. When the warmer weather came they moved their training outside. With help from the Blue Nose Marathon organization they had bibs and official medals for everyone who crossed the finish line. Centre of the photo is teacher Ashley Crowley.
-by April MacDonald
Last Friday, 110 students from the some of the most remote schools in this province took part in the annual Blue Nose Marathon.
What’s more interesting is that they ran the race in Pleasant Bay.
Pleasant Bay is the Strait Regional Centre for Education’s smallest school with just eight students and one teacher.
Ashley Crowley is the teacher of the one-room Pleasant Bay school and it was her idea to train, prepare, and then to sign up her students (and invite others) to join in a Virtual Run of the Blue Nose Marathon, which takes place annually in Halifax.
“Running is something we can do here at Pleasant Bay School,” explained Crowley, stating that their school does not have a gymnasium, just a classroom and a basement for limited recreational and fitness activities.
Crowley got the school involved in the Kids Run Club; a free, school-based running program created by Doctors Nova Scotia.
In the winter, she taped four lines on the floor of the basement to make lanes so the children could run back and forth and count their “laps”. Now, with the warmer weather they run outside.
“Sixty-four students came from North Highlands Elementary; they would be students from Ingonish and Neil’s Harbour, and the rest came from Cape Breton Highlands [Education Centre],” said Crowley.
“They all came to Pleasant Bay and we even shut down a street with the help from the RCMP and the Pleasant Bay Volunteer Fire Department (PBFD),” added Crowley.