Remembering Chris Morrison

It is with extremely heavy hearts we must share with you the sudden passing of a member of our BLT Running family, Chris Morrison.

On May 2, 10 days before his 47th birthday, Chris crossed his final finish line. Then in one last act of kindness he gave the ultimate gift of organ donation. This selfless act, befitting of Chris, saved and improved countless lives and brings peace and comfort to his family and loved ones during an unimaginable time.

Chris was among the first to join BLT Runners upon its inception in 2016. After 7 marathons Chris became heavily involved in trail running, completing the Capes 50 km ultra event in 2019 and training for his first 100-mile event which was to be held this summer.

Chris was a positive and encouraging force to all who knew him. His gentle nature, dedication, kindness, and humour were unmatched.

Chris leaves behind his beloved wife, Karol Ann, his two cherished children Kellyn and Grant, his father Connie, brothers Paul and Peter, extended family, and a lifetime of friends. Please take a moment to read Chris’ obituary at:
https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/halifax-ns/christopher-morrison-9170025.

The Chris Morrison Memorial Fund has been established to support student leaders with a joy for life graduating from Sydney Academy who will be attending St. FX University. Any donation, large or small, will go towards honouring a man who made those around him want to do better. Donations can be e-transferred to: CGMMemFund@eastlink.ca.

Tips for Solo Running

As we try to figure out a new normal, here are some friendly tips and reminders about solo running while we are under Covid-19 measures:

  • It’s best to run by yourself. If you like to run with a partner, maintain adequate distance (at least 2 metres).
  • Don’t solo run if you are self isolating (unless you stay on your own property such as using a treadmill in your home).
  • Try to run in places that are less frequented by walkers or other runners.
  • Try going at off peak times such as early in the day as to avoid other people.
  • When crossing or passing others such as walkers, be courteous and veer off course leaving at least 2-metres distance between you and others.
  • Run from where you live. Do not drive somewhere to do your run.
  • Bring a mobile phone with you and share your location with family or a friend.
  • Do not run in parks that are closed.
  • Be visible. Don’t forget to wear reflective gear if running at night.
  • Try to refrain from some of the gross stuff runners sometimes do such as spitting or snot rockets!
  • Share and be (virtually) social! Take a selfie and share it with your running friends. Don’t forget to cheer each other on with kudos and likes!

Virtual MonRun

Normally, we meet every Monday night for MonRun (our weekly group run). Though Monrun was temporarily suspended on March 23, we are encouraging members to share your solo MonRun by posting a fun photo to our Member Facebook Group using the hashtags #monrun and #BLTRvrun. A photo will be chosen each week and featured on the BLT Runners public Instagram account Facebook page.

Running under pandemic measures

You’ve surely noticed there are a lot more people on the sidewalks and trails the past few weeks. Authorities have also noticed, which is why we are now seeing far stricter measures aimed at limiting community spread of COVID-19. In the news today there are reports of fines issued for entering Point Pleasant Park and for failing to self-isolate.

When it comes to running, here’s what you need to know (as of today, March 30, 2020) but recognize these guidelines are evolving so please stay informed.

Bring your ID when running or walking: Citizens have been instructed to stay within their neighbourhoods for exercise and outdoor activity. We have been advised a trail user was stopped by police and asked for ID to verify they were from the area. Please stick to your neighbourhood and be prepared by having your ID on-hand.

Self Isolation: Per the latest provincial guidelines (issued on March 25, 2020), if you are returning from travel outside of Nova Scotia you must self-isolate for 14 days. This means you cannot leave your property, even for exercise. Solo runs are not permitted during self-isolation, unless you are running loops around your house. Keep an eye out for some skipping competitions posted by members exercising at home. (source:
https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/Self-Isolation-Information-for-Travellers-EN.pdf)

Provincial parks are closed: Provincial parks are closed (such as Long Lake) but provincial trails (such as the BLT Trail) remain open for exercise, but only for those who are lucky enough to have these trails in their neighbourhood. Parking at these sites is not permitted. Please maintain a safe physical distance of at least 2 metres from other users. (source: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/)

Municipal parks, fields and trails are closed: Exceptions include residential pathways connecting streets, multi-use paths that replace sidewalks, and trails in neighbourhoods provided they are not connected to a park. As above, residents are not permitted to drive to trails outside of their neighbourhood. This includes the Chain of Lakes trail which is OK to access if you walk or bike to it, but please don’t drive there. (sources: https://www.halifax.ca/fire-police/fire/emergency-management/corona-virus-disease-covid-19https://mailchi.mp/0e2092f4865e/hfx-district-9-e-news-municipal-covid-19-updates).

Stay safe!

BLT Runners Board of Directors
Craig Durling
Ian Loughead
Gillian Hatcher
Jacquelynn Spinney
Nicole Mauger
Scott Keeping

Coronavirus/COVID-19 Update 2

MONRUN:

After careful deliberation we have decided to temporarily cancel BLTR MonRuns until further notice. We encourage all members to continue with BLTR Virtual MonRuns, adding the hashtag #BLTvrun to your post on the BLTR Members Facebook Group. But, let’s make things more interesting, shall we? From your posts in the member group, we will choose a photo each week to feature on the BLTR Instagram and main BLTR Facebook page. Put on your creative thinking caps!

Social Distancing on the Trails:

Now that the warmer weather is here and many are looking to the outdoors to relieve stress, social distancing on the trails can be difficult. If running with another person, please adhere to social distance measures (6 feet apart). When approaching other trail users please pivot to single file so all can maintain a safe distance. We recognize other trail users may not be doing this but we can do our part.

If you have any questions or concerns don’t hesitate to reach out to a member of the board. Let’s stay active, stay healthy, stay 6 feet apart and #washyourhands!

Sincerely,

Craig Durling
Ian Lougheed
Scott Keeping
Nicole Mauger
Jacquelynn Spinney
Gillian Hatcher

Virtual Reboot Run

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Are you stressed out about social distancing? Have you lost touch with your inner runner? Are you feeling discouraged, frustrated and a little like a couch potato?

Understandably, we are hearing many events are cancelled. And it’s likely more are coming.

Fortunately, our virtual run is here to lift your running spirits!

Even though we won’t all be together at the same place and time, we’ll run this knowing we are supporting each other to stay healthy, active and strong. Please join us.

Sign up for free:

https://raceroster.com/events/2020/30857/reboot-run-virtual-edition