A total of 176 registered runners and walkers participated in the Charity Road Race on Sunday, August 21. “We felt this was a great turn-out,” said Ross Fisher, Executive Director of the Health Foundation. "We could not hold the run for two years because of the pandemic, so we were very pleased with the number of participants.”
“There were so many people who said they were glad we were holding the run again. This is the kind of event you like to put on: everyone wants to be there. People finish their run or walk and they have a big smile on their face,” continued Mr. Fisher.
This event is about helping people introduce a little fitness to their lifestyle. That is why Learn to Run clinics are held starting in May, to provide people the opportunity to learn to run with others. At the same, The Health Foundation is a fundraising organization so it’s important that all of their events raise funds to buy equipment for the Yorkton Hospital.
"We are very fortunate to have strong sponsorship from the business community, in particular our presenting sponsors: Legacy Co-op, Canadian Tire and Harvest Meats. Sponsorship covers the cost of the Road Race so that all of the registration fees and pledges collected by the runners can be used to help purchase medical equipment", Mr. Fisher added.
“We are very grateful as well for Harvest Meats and CrossFit Function for generously paying the registration fees for employees or members. They encouraged people to participate and made it easy for them to do so. Quite a number of races were cancelled across Saskatchewan this year because of lack of participants following Covid; the support of Harvest Meats and CrossFit Function helped to make sure that would not happen with our race.”
The event successfully met its goals this year:
This year the funds raised will assist the purchase of the new equipment needed in the Intensive Care Unit of the Yorkton Hospital.
The top fundraiser was Geoff Propp, raising $12,903.
The top three runners in each category were:
Junior 2 km: Grayson Kendze, Chloe Kendze, Luella Norman-Crossman;
Women’s 5 km: Paige Novakowski, Kristy Propp, Ana Roodt;
Men’s 5 km: Kelson Hawreluik, Geoff Propp, Kelsey Hawreluik;
Women’s 10 km: Tracy Newton, Karen Nathanail, Andrea Olive;
Men’s 10 km: Lewis Brooking, Evan Bugden, Lane Rathgeber;
The top 10 km corporate relay team was the Harvest Meats team of Mathew Bisshop, Sherry Vranai and Rico Morgenstern.
Complete Race results can be seen at www.resultscanada.com.