Mel Pearce, of Dartmouth, began his involvement with Run Nova Scotia in the late 1980s. Back then he and his wife, Trish, traveled all over the province to run the races. A nagging back injury caused Mel to hang up his running shoes within a few years, but it didn’t cause him to stay away from the races. At first he was there to accompany Trish as she racked up her age class performances. But anyone who knows Mel also knows that he’s not one to sit idle for long intervals. What started out as offers of assistance in setting up and tearing down the race day finish line equipment blossomed into one of the most significant contributions, by a volunteer, to the sport of road running in Nova Scotia. He quickly became the most recognizable face, perched on top of one of the hardest working bodies, at finish lines from Yarmouth to Louisbourg, and places in between. It didn’t stop there. Mel became the Chair of Run Nova Scotia for a number of years, in addition to his finish line duties.
The fact that Mel made himself available to do all of this is only one side of the story; the other side is that he did it all so well, and always with his trademark pleasant smile and good humour.