Dust off your runners
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.