Fa­mi­ly race seeks to end schoo­lyard bul­lying

Se­cond an­nual Run This Way

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RunT­his Way is the na­meof a non-com­pe­ti­tive run/walk being held Sun­day at West­wood Jr. High School in Saint-La­zare. The event, in its se­cond year, will give par­ti­ci­pants of all ages and fit­ness le­vels the choice of com­ple­ting a 10-km run, a 5-km run or walk, as well as 1-km or 2-km runs for youn­ger com­pe­ti­tors.

Pin­court re­sident Anne Far­rell, a mem­ber of the board of Réseau in­ter­na­tio­nal hu­ma­niste (RIH), says the group’s goal is to pro­mote non-vio­lence and an­ti-bul­lying in schools, and to help youths un­ders­tand that bul­lying is a glo­bal is­sue.

“We got this idea from the Ita­lians, who have runs to chal­lenge people to run in or­der to change so­me­thing,” Far­rell said, ad­ding, “We have pic­tures of kids in ma­ny coun­tries doing the same thing, so our kids here see that this pro­blem hap­pens around the world.”

To date, there are five vo­lun­teer mem­bers from across the re­gion on RIH’s board. The group says it is loo­king for more vo­lun­teer mem­bers in­ter­es­ted in hel­ping pro­mote an­ti­bul­lying and non-vio­lence through edu­ca­tion in schools.

Run­funds

The mo­ney rai­sed through re­gis­tra­tion fees col­lec­ted for Sun­day’s run will be used to help RIH pur­chase par­ti­ci­pa­tion rib­bons that, in turn, will be sent to lo­cal schools who si­gn on to host their own in-school run. In-school runs must be com­ple­ted by Oct. 10. Far­rell says the group has sent in­vi­ta­tions to all schools, En­glish or French, wi­shing to host their own­run.

“Last year, we bought 1,000 rib­bons that we gave to the schools in our re­gion who held

A fa­mi­ly run/walk ta­king place Sun­day in Saint-La­zare will al­low par­ti­ci­pants to test their run­ning met­tle while al­lo­wing a lo­cal non-pro­fit group to raise funds for se­ve­ral an­ti-bul­lying runs in lo­cal schools.

their own run... So­me­times, we would just have one or two classes from a school, but it was a good start,” Far­rell ex­plai­ned.

This year’s ef­forts will fo­cus on bul­lying and kids who­wit­ness acts of bul­lying or vio­lence.

“Last year, we spoke with high schools kids who ad­mit­ted they’re not sure what to do (to help) when they see so­meone being bul­lied, so we want to ad­dress that this year,” Far­rell no­ted. And though RIH en­ded up last year paying more for the rib­bons than what was rai­sed du­ring the inau­gu­ral Run This Way event, held in Ter­rasse-Vau­dreuil, Far­rell says they were phi­lo­so­phi­cal about it.

“We were a new non-pro­fit group. We rai­sed $1,800 last year, but we en­ded up ha­ving 50 schools across Que­bec par­ti­ci­pate in our pro­gram, so we­felt good about that.”

RIHon­ly sent rib­bons to lo­cal school.

Ra­ces­che­dule

This year’s Run This Way event will take place Sun­day, Sept. 9, at West­wood Jr. High School in Saint-La­zare. Par­ti­ci­pants can pick up a race kits as of 7:30 a.m., while the first race, the 10-km, will get un­der­way at 8:30 a.m. The 5-km walk will be lead by Nordic walk spe­cia­list Ja­nice Bur­don, who will al­so lead a wal­kers’ warm-up. Young par­ti­ci­pants will have their own­warm-up and all races will be ti­med for those wan­ting to keep track of their run­ning times. There will al­so be a short an­ti-bul­ling pre­sen­ta­tion du­ring the event. Re­gis­tra­tion, $7 for chil­dren, $25 for adults, can be com­ple­ted by going to JOGX store, lo­ca­ted at 51, bou­le­vard de la Ci­té-des-Jeunes, in Vau­dreuil-Do­rion, or by cal­ling 514 886-4858. For ad­di­tio­nal in­for­ma­tion, email pla­ne­te­peace@gmail.com.

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