Habi­tat Moose Jaw Colour Run draws over 200 par­tic­i­pants

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There was only one draw­back to the third an­nual edi­tion of the Habi­tat Moose Jaw Colour Run and that was the weather on Septem­ber 15th.

But the cool and rainy con­di­tions did lit­tle to keep peo­ple away. More than 200 run­ners of all stripes de­scended on Ki­wa­nis River Park in Wakamow Val­ley, of­fer­ing their sup­port to the lo­cal char­ity through their par­tic­i­pa­tion and fundrais­ing.

It’s all more than ap­pre­ci­ated, ac­cord­ing to Colour Run or­ga­nizer Heidi Tiller, as the or­ga­ni­za­tion be­gins to look to­ward their ninth build in Moose Jaw. “We’re re­ally happy with the turnout this year, es­pe­cially with how cold it is,” said Tiller. “We just re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate the com­mu­nity show­ing their sup­port again for Habi­tat Moose Jaw... just the show of sup­port and hav­ing peo­ple come out, it’s so great to see.” Habi­tat Moose Jaw is cur­rently in the fi­nal stages of com­plet­ing their eighth build, with the or­ga­ni­za­tion still look- ing for daily vol­un­teers to help fin­ish the in­te­rior of the home.

That means it won’t be long be­fore home num­ber nine is un­der­way, and that will once again put a draw on Habi­tat’s cof­fers.

That’s where the fundrais­ing part of the Colour Run comes into play – the event ex­pected to raise around $12,000, with those funds ear­marked for the new build.

“Ev­ery sin­gle cent helps and the more the com­mu­nity helps us and the prov­ince and all the gen­er­ous donors and the com­pa­nies out there, ev­ery lit­tle bit makes a dif­fer­ence,” Tiller said. Given the pop­u­lar­ity of the event, there’s lit­tle ques­tion it’ll be a part of the Habi­tat Moose Jaw sched­ule next year – and ide­ally with a bit of nicer weather, will reach the same highs it did in year one when around 350 run­ners took part. “The first year we were just over­whelmed and then even this year, to have this many peo­ple come out is just re­ally, re­ally great,” Tiller said. “It’s a re­ally fun event and one we hope to see grow ev­ery year.”

“It’s a re­ally fun event and one we hope to see grow ev­ery year.”

- Colour Run or­ga­nizer Heidi Tiller

Even Moose Jaw War­riors mas­cot Morty the Moose was part of pre-run warm-up.

The first wave of run­ners hit the course dur­ing the Habi­tat Moose Jaw Colour Run.

Run­ners took to the course in all sorts of fan­ci­ful get-ups, true to the ‘colour’ por­tion of the colour run.

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