Hit­ting the trails

Stu­dents com­pete in Peter’s River Raid Race

Advertiser (Grand Falls) - - Front Page - BY JOR­DAN MALONEY edi­tor@ad­ver­tis­ernl.ca

Stu­dents from across the is­land com­peted in the fifth an­nual Peter’s River Raid race on March 6 at the Shanawdithit Camp­grounds.

Fif­teen teams from Clarenville to Bot­wood en­tered the race, com­prised of snow­shoe­ing, cross coun­try ski­ing and fire build­ing.

“The whole idea of this race is to get more kids in­volved in non-tra­di­tional ac­tiv­i­ties,” said Corey Sam­son of Memorial Academy in Bot­wood. “We find that we’re reach­ing a dif­fer­ent pop­u­la­tion of stu­dents be­cause we’re of­fer­ing up some­thing that’s to­tally dif­fer­ent. You don’t have to ex­cel at a lot of things to be able to do this.”

A team was sent off into the course ev­ery five min­utes, and timed un­til the fi­nal team mem­ber crossed the fin­ish line.

“We’re gear­ing the race around par­tic­i­pa­tion,” said Sam­son. “We want you to have fun; just to fin­ish the race is a re­ward in it­self. A lot of the kids, they had to do two laps with the skis, and af­ter their first lap you could see it in their faces. A lot of them were like, ‘I don’t know if I can do this.’ But they kept on go­ing and they did it, and that’s re­ally re­ward­ing.”

Each stu­dent that par­tic­i­pated had their name en­tered into prize draws. Prizes were supplied by Grants Sports Ex­cel­lence and School Sport New­found­land.

Sam­son said the race has grown each year, and it wouldn’t be pos­si­ble with­out the ex­ten­sive list of vol­un­teers.

Members of the Peter­view Sal­va­tion Army church woke up at 5 a.m. to make soup for the kids. The Bot­wood fire depart­ment was on hand to help build fires and boil wa­ter. Cole­mans in Bot­wood do­nated wa­ter for the stu­dents, and Hick­man Honda and Cen­tral Well­ness Coali­tion helped pro­vide fund­ing.

Carter Blake, a Grade 6 stu­dent and mem­ber of the Memorial Academy team from Bot­wood, said his fa­vorite part of the race was ski­ing and learn­ing the trails around the camp­ground. Blake said he al­ready knew how to start a fire be­cause of his trips into the woods with his fa­ther.

The win­ning team was from Glover­town Academy, which fin­ished the race in 49 min­utes and 15 sec­onds. Team members re­ceived a home­made tro­phy con­structed out of skis and snow­shoes.


The boys from Spruce­wood Academy pose be­fore hit­ting the snow­shoe­ing trail.


A girl from the win­ning team of Glover­town Academy quickly scales a bank be­fore con­tin­u­ing her snow­shoe­ing.


The team from Spruce­wood Academy jog the first leg of the race.

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