Get to Know Your Running Clubs - Mountain View Runners
In this edition of Get To Know Your Running Clubs we spoke with Stan Sarty, a member of Mountain View Runners (aka MVR). You'll find MVR mostly running in the Annapolis Valley. Most MVR members are based between Middleton and Halifax with Kentville and Wolfville the places where the group mostly runs.
Want to learn more about Mountain View Runners? Read on!
Hi Stan! Give us your best one-liner about MVR.
We are a supporting group of runners stretching from the Annapolis Valley to Halifax. Our club is very active in the Nova Scotia running scene; whether you are training for your first 5km or trying to qualify for Boston, we are here to help you achieve your goals.
Nice! Tell us a bit about your club history, how long has the club been around?
Our club was formed in late 2015 and we created our Facebook page in early 2016. At that time we started posting the areas where we would run and what kinds of runs we were doing, People started to join us quickly when it became evident there was not a local group in our area and we wanted to meet and run with more people.
Tell us a bit about your members! What level of runners do you cater to?
We love diversity! From the relatively new runner to some who are getting back into running after some time away; we have seasoned marathoners and competitive track runners who are always trying their best to set new goals.
Where/when does your club usually meet/run?
Sundays are usually long run days, Tuesdays or Wednesdays are intervals at the Wolfville Track, There are many posts on our Facebook page usually a couple days ahead advising members of upcoming group runs. The locations can vary so as to make it fair for travelling costs.
Are your group runs mostly casual or more structured workouts?
Mix of casual runs and structured workouts.
Any cost to be a member/join?
No cost to join Mountain View Runners but we have MVR-branded clothing to purchase, too.
Is your group affiliated with any events?
We support Run Nova Scotia, our members actively participate in their events all over Nova Scotia. As well a lot of our members are also involved with White Rabbit Pacing, a group of folks who enter races as Pace Bunnies helping other runners achieve their running goals.
Any cool routes/ favourite areas to run in your city that you would like to recommend to other runners? Why do you like those?
The Annapolis Valley has some of the most beautiful scenic areas to run in. Running between two mountains can also be very challenging. Anyone who comes to the Annapolis Valley has to run along side the water in Blomidon as the sun rises or sets. It's truly beautiful either way, Or run past miles and miles of apple blossoms in the middle of Port Williams, Canning area in the spring will truly remind you how wonderful it is to be among nature at its finest.
Do you have any favourite local races? Outside of anything that you're affiliated with of course :)
Nova Scotia has such a great mix of short and long races because of our groups location favorite local Nova Scotia Events are the Valley Harvest Marathon every October, Windsor 5k in July, and the Wolfville 8-miler usually held in the spring before the Boston Marathon.
Anything else that we should know?
We highlight a new member in the "M V who R you" feature. It's our own way of spotlighting a runner and asking them some questions and getting some cool pics, We do this because there are lots of runners who haven't had a chance to meet each other yet and it helps them get to know each other better. We look forward to new faces joining our group and helping us grow and get better!
Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions, Stan! Want to connect with MVR or just learn a bit more about them?
Check out their information below:
Looking for runs around Halifax?
You can find a full list of runs and races happening around Halifax at www.runguides.com/halifax/runs