Habitat Moose Jaw Colour Run draws over 200 participants
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.