Nova Scotia's running community is grieving the death of a runner at the annual Cabot Trail Relay Race on the weekend.

Stephen Dunn, 58, of Halifax collapsed on Highway 105 near Baddeck, just 500 metres from the finish line, during Sunday's race.

Baddeck RCMP received the 911 call around 10:30 a.m.

Dunn was rushed to the Victoria County Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

He was an experienced runner who had taken part in the relay for nearly two decades. He also ran with the Salt Marsh Trail Running Club, based in Cole Harbour, N.S.

His family released this statement today:

"Steve was a wonderful and dedicated husband, son, brother, father and friend. His love for life and positive energy was contagious to all who knew him."

Police say they don't suspect foul play in his death, although a cause of death has not been released.

A total of 70 teams and nearly 1,200 people took part in the 25th annual relay, which covers 276 kilometres around the Cabot Trail and lasts for two days.

Funeral arrangements are not yet complete.