From the Bedford/Sackville Community Herald:
“The Frostbite Five Miler is making a comeback on Feb. 23. Also known as the bean run, because of the hot baked beans served at the finish line, the Frostbite Five Miler was originally run as part of the Sackville Winter Carnival from 1989 to 1999.
“It was a great event,” said Ron Kaszor, who was a part of the race committee for the 10 years. “I believe it was one of the few races here in metro in February back in the day.” When Kaszor and his committee decided to call it a day after 10 years, they never thought they would see it happen again.
“We hung up our laces,” said Kaszor. “We were done. It was only a committee of three and we did it all. Perry, the chief organizer, started baking the beans and freezing them in the summer. It was a family event. We got our sisters, kids, everyone to help out.” It got to be too much work for Kaszor and company. But there were some runners who never forgot about the race. So when the challenge was issued to start it up again, a group in Sackville said yes to the resurrection of the Bean Run. “Perry threw down the gauntlet, or should I say the smelly sneaker and the Lakeshore Runners in conjunction with Run Nova Scotia are hosting this race,” said race committee member Tim Duguay.
All of the proceeds from this year’s race will go to Beacon House. The race route starts and ends at the Sackville Sports Stadium and even directs runners past Beacon House, which supports those in need in the communities of Bedford and Sackville.
Diane Levandier is looking forward to the race. “This will be the first time I have ever run this distance. It will be a great way to celebrate turning 50.” The baked beans will be back, medals will be provided, age category winners will be recognized and walkers are welcome.
The race is capped at 225 participants. And this year Ron Kaszor will be one of them.
“All those years I helped to organize it I was too busy to run. But this will be my chance to finally run for the beans.””