A total of 281 registered runners and walkers participated in the Charity Road Race on Sunday, August 20.
"This was our best turn out ever,” said Ross Fisher, Executive Director of the Health Foundation, “and it continues our trend of increasing the number of runners and walkers every year."
"We are very fortunate to have strong sponsorship from the business community, in particular our presenting sponsors: the Yorkton Co-op and Canadian Tire. Sponsorship covers the cost of the Road Race so that all registration fees and pledges collected by the runners can be used to help purchase medical equipment."
"For the third year Harvest Meats very generously paid the registration fees for any employees and their family members who wanted to run or walk, and, there was a great turn out from Harvest Meats with 74 participants. We are going to suggest to other businesses next year that they could consider something like this," continued Mr. Fisher.
The Foundation is very pleased with the results of the Charity Road Race. Every year it sets goals for the year, and it successfully met the goals this year. They were:
To provide an opportunity for people to introduce a little fitness into their lives by putting on free running clinics from May to August;
To hold a fun and well-organized Charity Road Race that everyone from the beginning runner to the competitive runner can participate in; and,
To raise funds for the purchase of medical equipment that will provide an improved or new service to the residents of this region.
This year the funds raised will assist the purchase of the new equipment needed in the maternity ward that will assist all newborns but be of particular help to those born with complications.
The top three fundraisers were: Geoff Propp, $2,180; Tracy Newton, $1,100; and Tracey Zimmer, $1,040.