Family race seeks to end schoolyard bullying
Second annual Run This Way
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.