Published May 28, 2014 15:33
Article and Photo by: Ian Graham (email@example.com)
Nearly 100 participants and 25 volunteers turned out despite weather that was a drastic change from the previous day for Run Thompson, the Boys & Girls Club's annual fundraiser May 25, and in the process raised more than $8,000 to help support the organization's programming.
“The chilly, overcast Sunday morning couldn't hold down the spirit of our dedicated participants and volunteers,” said Matthew Baker, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Thompson. “We enjoyed a fun-filled morning, with a wonderful energy and atmosphere.”
Nine runners competed in the half-marathon event, with 29 in the 10-kilometre run and 30 in the 5K event, for a total of 68 in the competitive races, the most since the event was initiated a few years ago.
“This is our highest participation yet in our competitive events, and it is very exciting to see our event building and growing year to year,” said Baker.
Tara Ritchie was the first to finish the 5K run in a time of 28:28, followed by Nicole Hirst at 29:35 and Allana Kerr and Claire Chartrand both at 30:19.
The fastest 10K runner was Garrett Schreyer, who completed the course in 41:31, followed by Angela Bakos in 46:14 and Sam Davies in 46:32.
Trevor Lowe was the winner of the half-marathon with a time of 1:37:05, followed by Kris Joy at 1:40:13 and Hash Pereira at 1:41:12.
Rebecca Armitage was the winner of the Perimeter Pledge contest, which sees a free return flight to anywhere Perimeter Aviation flies awarded to the participant who collects the largest amount of pledges.
“We were happy to see many new runners participate in our event,” said Baker. “Run Thompson is a unique opportunity to achieve personal goals and support a community organization.”
The competitive events were followed by the family fun run at 11 a.m. and the children and youth who completed that received a free ice cream cone.
Baker also appreciated the runners and families sticking around the finish line to cheer other runners as they came across.
“A pillar of our organization's core values is encouragement and support, and our participants always provide a supportive and inclusive environment,” said Baker.
New to the event this year were the services of Hannah McDyer and Sarah Richards, massage therapists who provided 10-minute post-race flush massages in exchange for donations which they then contributed to the club.
“They volunteered their time and any money they received,” said Baker, noting that this year's run was the most successful fundraiser the Boys & Girls Club has ever held and that the money will go towards services for children and youth, including the nutrition program, which serves 7,000 meals and 6,000 snacks per year and is facing the end of the current funding for the program in 2014.
The Boys & Girls Club staff, children and youth are humbled and greatly appreciate the outstanding support we have received from the community,” Baker said.
This year's run also included a corporate challenge for the first time, with employees of Vale, the Northern Regional Health Authority (NRHA) and the School District of Mystery Lake participating, with the NRHA taking the title for having the highest participation.
Several new runners also took part in Run Thompson this year, some of who were among the 18 participants in the club's Learn to Run program, which teaches safe training techniques, injury prevention and sports nutrition.
Baker says the Boys & Girls Club hopes to get their event sanctioned by the Manitoba Runners' Association.
“We can start to attract serious runners,” said Baker. “That's the aim.”
He also expressed appreciation to all the volunteers who made sure the event went smoothly.
“We had some wonderful volunteers from Vale and the Northern Regional Health Authority to assist our Boys & Girls Club staff organize and administer Run Thompson,” said Baker.