Dust off your run­ners

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS BRIEFS - Vic­to­ria Vanier Stanstead

It’stime, once again, to get out the run­ning shoes, dust them off, and start warm­ing up for the an­nual 5 Kilome­tre Run which is held at the be­gin­ning of Border­fest ev­ery year. Og­den’s Michael Sud­low and his ex­pe­ri­enced team of vol­un­teers are or­ga­niz­ing this fam­ily-ori­ented event for the eleventh year in a row.

“At our first event we had about forty-five run­ners but we’ve been av­er­ag­ing be­tween seventy and eighty run­ners in the last few years. The run­ners like the va­ri­ety in the run: there’s shade, some is on the sidestreets in Stanstead, and there’s about a quar­ter mile of pine for­est, fin­ish­ing at Town Hall. They also like that we get the re­sults and hand the medals and door prizes out quite quickly,” ex­plained Mr. Sud­low. Run­ners from out of town es­pe­cially ap­pre­ci­ate that there are Scouts posted along the route so that no one goes off course and be­comes dis­qual­i­fied in the run­ning for a medal.

Or­ga­niz­ers post the records and run­ning times of the past three years on the bul­letin board at the Town Hall be­fore the run so the re­ally keen run­ners can see the times to beat and re­view their progress over the years or lack thereof!

The run­ners also like the price of the event, $8 for adults and $4 for chil­dren, which hasn’t gone up in eleven years. “We are just try­ing to cover our ex­penses; the ma­jor cost is in en­grav­ing the medals and rent­ing the ‘no park­ing’ signs,” said Mr. Sud­low. Medals are en­graved with the town’s logo, the year of the event, and the run­ning cat­e­gory and they hang on rib­bons of gold and yel­low, the town of Stanstead’s colours. They are given out to the top three fin­ish­ers in each male or fe­male cat­e­gory: twelve and un­der, teens, then a cat­e­gory for each decade up un­til the last cat­e­gory, seventy and older. “We have never lost money with the race and when we have any prof­its we turn them over to the Border­fest or­ga­ni­za­tion.”

This year’s 5 Kilome­tre Run is on July 7th, be­gin­ning at 9:30 am. Reg­is­tra­tion prior to the event is re­quired and be­gins at 8:15 in the Stanstead Col­lege gym­na­sium. Spon­sors of the event are the Le Coureur bou­tique, in Sher­brooke, which sup­plies the door prizes, and the Stanstead IGA which pro­vides water and or­anges for the run­ners af­ter the race.

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