Runner Tips & FAQs
Welcome to our keen new runners and welcome back to our many excitable Moses fans!
We are thrilled have a perfectly timed tide so we can offer you our fantastic runs in 2019 on Sunday, August 4.
The Sunday, August 4, 2019, runs both start at 9:00 am. Read important information about parking & busing here.
To assist you with your run weekend planning, we’ve got some tips!
Where do I pick up my bib & run shirt?
If at all possible, please try to pick up your race kit in advance. With an event as big as ours, it helps our volunteer reg team HUGELY and makes for a much easier race day experience for our participants when we can reduce the kit pickups to an absolute minimum on race day. So here are your kit pick-up options:
Saturday, August 3: - 1 pm to 7 pm, both new runner registration & pre-registered runner kit pick-up at Five Islands Lighthouse Park (96 Broderick Lane, Five Islands, NS - watch for flags & signs on Route 2).
Sunday, August 4: - 6:30 am to 8:15 am, runner kit pick-up at Five Islands Ball Field (also where everyone parks).
The runs start promptly at 9:00 am so please allow time to pick up your kit, grab the bus, and get to the start lines in time.
I haven't registered yet for the Not Since Moses, can I still do that?
Registration is $60.00. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. Note that, due to the need to dedicate our planning team to the important task of run logistics, there will be NO race day registration for the 5k and 10k runs. However, youth who are participating in the 100 metre and 500 metre may register on race day ($12 per youth).
For safety reasons, all participants who are WALKING or RUNNING-WALKING must do the 5K, not the 10K. Both courses are gorgeous!
How can I be sure to get one of the fabulous annual run T-shirts?
If you register by June 29 , 2019, you will be guaranteed to receive our collector's item T-shirt! Men's and women's sizes available - see registration form to indicate your size. Shirts will not be guaranteed for those who register after June 29 , 2019.
I hear we have to park our cars in the village of Five Islands, and bus in?
All car parking (for runners and spectators) is at the Five Islands Ball field right in Five Islands, on Route 2 (across from Peniel United Church) . Everyone will park in this massive field and can either: a) be bused to the 5K start (which is also the 5K & 10K finish line), or be bused to the 10K start (Soley Cove).
Wharf Road, leading to Sand Point will be closed to the public from Sunday morning onward with restricted parking passes for locals only.
Please plan to arrive in good time to allow a half hour to queue for the buses.
Do the 10k and 5k runs have different start locations?
They sure do! For the 10k, the bus takes you from the ball field parking lot in Five Islands village, up over Economy mountain down to Soley Cove. You'll hop off there and signage will direct you to the top of the cliff and the stairs down to the start line. Some port-a-johns will be at the pickup site and more will be along the forest path above the start area.
For the 5k runners (and all spectators) the bus takes you from the Ball Field, down Wharf Road to the start line at Sand Point. There will be port-a-John’s there for use.
Note that Sand Point is also the finish line for both the 5K and 10K. All spectators should go to Sand Point via the ball field buses.
After the runs, buses will continue for several hours to return all 10k, 5k and spectators to their vehicles in the ball field. If you need to leave before then, it is a 2K walk/cool-down run from Sand Point to the Ball Field. There is no huge rush to leave the beach, stay and enjoy watching the tide come in!
What do I do with my backpack & stuff that I might want at the finish line?
5K Walkers & Runners
Take your pack with you aboard the buses to the 5K start. You can leave a bag of stuff (food/drink, clothes) in the building at the Sand Point base camp. We will work with surname A on the left through Z on the right, for your ease of pickup later.
Leave their bags at the bus pickup area in the ball field and we will transport them to the finish line Sand Point storage building, separated from the 5k bags, if things go well.
How to I get to Five Islands?
Minimum travel time (no stops) = 2 hours and 15 minutes from downtown Halifax.
Directions: take highway 102 north to Truro and just past Truro, where it splits, go left toward Amherst on highway 104. At exit 12, marked to highway 2, get off and on passing over the highway, at the Masstown Market intersection, turn right. After a few kilometers turn left onto highway 2 toward Parrsboro and keep going. After the Economies, the road climbs Economy Mountain. You descend into Five Islands. After passing Briny Bay on the right, you will see ahead the ball field on your left, turn L into the ball field.
Those returning to via Masstown, please stop at Masstown Market (maybe wearing your run shirt), buy some stuff and thank the casher or clerks for their support of the run. They have helped over the years and this year donated 1000 bananas and water.
Minimum Travel time (no stops) = 2 hours from Moncton, or 1 hrs 15 mins from Amherst
From Moncton, take the 104, take Exit 4 heading toward Nappan on Southampton Road over the marsh, Southampton road ends on Route 302, turn R onto route 302, which you will stay on Southampton village (about 20 mins away) until it becomes Route 2 with signage toward Parrsboro. After 20 minutes you’ll be in Parrsboro, bear a sharp Left at the Irving Station, staying on Route 2 toward Truro. Five Islands is 20 minutes from Parrsboro. First section is forest but it will come out on to the Fundy Shore...you’re not lost! You’ll pass the coast where you can see the islands, then watch for Dianne’s Restaurant and the Ball Field is shortly after that on your RIght.
What are my responsibilities as a runner for taking water bottles on the course?
In past years, we experienced a ghastly problem with far too much litter on the course. Runners need to understand that this is not a typical race where there are trash cans and garbage trucks nearby to quickly collect discarded empty water bottles.
We REALLY NEED you to either:
a) carry your own water (ideally)
b) or, if you are drinking from one of the water bottles we provide, please deposit your empty plastic bottles in one of the garbage bags that our volunteers are holding on the route. Volunteers are wearing shirts with "Volunteer" on the back to help you see them!
The fact is: our volunteers simply do not have time to run around the ocean floor gathering up 1000+ lose plastic bottles before the tide comes in.
We know that all our runners want to be respectful of the pristine environment where we are running so we are asking you all to PLEASE deposit your empty bottles and garbage in the hands of our volunteers. Due to the terrain, it is impossible for you to make your personal best time anyway so please take a second to hand us your trash, not drop it on the course. We really appreciate your cooperation here!
How muddy is it, really?
Our course is designed to minimize our impact on clamming fields on the ocean floor. There is still lots of mud, barnacles, sand and rocks. For those who haven’t developed mud techniques, keep two things in mind: fun and pleasure. It is fun to skate/ski across slick mud, keeping your weight forward on your toes; and when the fun wears off you are left with the pleasure of mud holding your foot, maybe thigh, certainly your shoe. People pay lots of money for clinging mud baths. Here it is included in the registration fee!
Although many of our runners choose to leave their muddy running shoes behind, it is completely possible to clean your shoes by bagging them while wet at the course then soaking them in a bucket of warm water when you get home! Unfortunately, we do not have the facilities in this remote location, to enable a boot wash for runners.
How precise is the 5k, 10k measurement?
Everyone knows about relativity. By necessity it happens in our course lengths. We do as careful a job as can be. First we boat over the course and using a gps drop weight markers at each kilometer and at the water stations. Then two days before and on the day before we will run the course with gps watches and adjust the markers as we pound stakes to guide volunteers. So the courses should be exactly 5 and 10 kilometers in length.
Sounds good. But the tides are so strong that sometimes by our low tide on Sunday morning the course gets adjusted. The Tide Boss being beneficent usually shortens the length.
Do I have any chance of making a personal best time?
If you want a PR, this is your run. That is, if a personal record for slow is your goal.
Do take it easy. Most the course is clear sailing on packed sand but lots of it is sea bed small rocks, some sea weed, a dash of ice slick mud. Due to these varied hazards, and the reality that random rocks and shells buried in the mud, no bare feet are permitted on the course.
What do a do with my muddy shoes?
A few runs ago we offered to collect them muddy running shoes to distribute to people in need. It didn’t work. We still have shoes from last year. No charity would take them without thorough cleaning. So, this year, we’d ask everyone to bring a grocery bag and plan on hauling yours home. By the way, your running shoes will clean up nicely if soaked at home in a bucket of warm soapy water... it is, after all, ‘just’ mud not paint that is on your shoes!
Will there be any food or drink for sale on site?
Please bring your own food on race day. We will have bananas and water but you are on your own for additional snacks. We suggest that the perfect experience is to do the run, then settle in along the bluff above the course for a picnic for a couple hours to watch the tide come in over the course you just ran. Alcohol is legal in Sand Point campground (base camp above the finish line) athough not sold on site.
Is either child care, or pet care provided at the run?
We are not able to supply child care. Dogs are not allowed on the course, again due to the mixed terrain and hazards to their paws. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide pet care while you run.
Will there be music?
We’re pleased to provide music by a local band as well as our Bagpiper, at the finish line at base camp in Sand Point Campground. We’ve built a stage which will be on the edge of the campground overlooking the start/finish/basket run. And we are renting a powerful sound system so you’ll be able to hear announcements and the start count down this year.
What about the availability of first aid?
Our medical team is great again this year: Canadian Ski Patrol is providing volunteers who will be stationed at the 5K mark, at the 2.5K turn around, and at the finish line.