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article imageNot Since Moses: Running on the ocean floor Special

By Lynn Curwin     Jul 7, 2011 in Sports
Five Islands - The sea in Nova Scotia's Minas Basin sometimes drops from 15 metres to zero in six hours, and some people see that as an opportunity to run a marathon on the sea bed.
More than 700 people showed up for the Not Since Moses walk/run in Five Islands on July 3 to get some exercise and have some fun. They had a choice between the 5K or the 10K event.
When people went out to measure and mark the course, with the help of GPS, they were on a boat with 40 feet of water beneath them, and with the depth finder they could see fish swimming about. They dropped bundles of metal stakes overboard, which would be pounded into the seabed to mark volunteer stations the next morning.
Runners were out early for an 8:30 start on Sunday.
At the start
At the start
Janice Guinan
Because they were travelling over an area usually covered by water, they encountered a variety of surfaces.
"It seemed to change about every 200 meters," said Bible Hill resident Dave Guinan, who ran the 10K. "We were on rocks, sand, seaweed, slime and muck, and in water. You would just get a bit of traction and then the surface would change.
"It was harder than a regular 10K. Getting a personal best time was not the idea but everybody had fun. The scenery was incredible too."
Running across the ocean floor.
Running across the ocean floor.
Janice Guinan
There were two water stations with many volunteers helping out.
"About a quarter of the people who took parts were from outside of Nova Scotia," said Guinan. "There were quite a few from the US. There was one man from the Shetland Islands."
The Not Since Moses run included spectacular scenery.
The Not Since Moses run included spectacular scenery.
Janice Guinan
Video footage of the run was captured from a helicopter.
Video footage of the run was captured from a helicopter.
Janice Guinan
Guinan, who only started running a year and a half ago, said he would definitely take part in the event again. He also has a son and daughter who are considering running with him next year.
He finished 32nd out of 315 runners in the 10K event.
Dave Guinan  in the orange shirt  and others run through sand.
Dave Guinan, in the orange shirt, and others run through sand.
Janice Guinan
More information can be found on the Not Since Moses website and video footage of the event, taken from a helicopter, can be seen on the CTV website.
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