Fitness and Fun at the TRAC Annual Community Run

Thanks to all the sponsors and volunteers, and of course to everyone who came out to celebrate community!

By Sue Trigg and Karin Shott

The TRAC Community Run/Walk was held Sunday, May 28 in partnership with The Running Room. We were thankful that the smoke from the wildfires had subsided as it was a beautiful morning for the community to come together for the event!

Huge thanks to Councillor Tim Cartmell for emceeing the event and assisting with medal presentations, and to Stephanie King for leading the warm-up.

Thanks to Justin Ng, event coordinator from The Running Room, and Kyle LaFontaine from Results Canada for taking care of the timing. Remax provided the festival tents and bouncy castle that were enjoyed by the younger crowd. Reckie Lloyd and band members, with Sangea Academy, provided the musical entertainment with some African drumming! The A&W Root Bear was also on site and had many photos taken with him.

We were very happy to have well over 100 children under the age of 12 participate in the run, with a group of 75 children from the Start2Finish Running and Reading program. This program addresses the need for enhanced literacy and physical activity among children experiencing poverty or deprivation in their communities. The R&R Club uses physical activity to empower children to build a lasting cycle of health and success. It is based on research that shows exercise positively impacts children’s cognitive and social skills and reduces the “stressors” they face.

Thanks to our incredible sponsors!  We couldn’t have made the event happen without your continued support.

Platinum Level Sponsors Miller Thomson LLP, Servus Credit Union, Brookview Dental, AMB Wealth Management Group of RBC Dominion Securities, Richardson Wealth, Better Player Inc. and Booster Juice.

Silver Level Sponsors Panago Pizza Riverbend-Terwillegar, Pri-Med Medical Products, A&W, COBS Bread Riverbend Square.

Bronze Level Sponsors Freson Bros., Save-on-Foods Magrath, Simply Supper and Brookview Montessori.

The nutrition station included coffee and hot chocolate courtesy of Second Cup-TCRC, fresh fruit and juice courtesy of Freson Bros. and Save-on-Foods Magrath, delicious baked goods courtesy of COBS Bread-Riverbend and tasty pizza provided by Panago Pizza-Riverbend/Terwillegar!

New this year were veggie baskets for the children provided by S4Greenhouses, a Sprouts Vendor Participant at the Southwest Edmonton Farmers’ Market. For more information on the Sprouts Program, please check swefm.ca.

Of course, an event such as this could not be possible without the help of our dedicated volunteers! Thanks to Jonathon Balascak, Reid Barber, Ryan Barber, Sky Barber, Jim Bradshaw, Cathy Cartmell, Tim Cartmell, Matt Chapman, Tariq Chaudary, Elizabeth Emslie, April Fair, Alexander Farries, David Gummer,  Katrin Head, Jamie Henderson, Sherri Hodgson, Megan Lange, Leslie and David Leeworthy, Don Lore,  Blair Morling, Marc Raedschelders, Miep Raedschelders, Dr. Brian Ritchie, Debbie Rowley, Denis Rowley, Dave Rumbold, Jackie Stewart, Karin Shott, Sue Trigg, Gary Trigg, Blair and Eddie Trigg, Luka van Manen, Monte Weber, Nancy Wendt and students from Lillian Osborne High School – Fatima and Vitalia.

We hope everyone had a great time, and we look forward to seeing you next year!

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