30 years for Blueberry Har­vest Run

Har­bour Grace event to reach sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone

The Compass - - SPORTS - BYMELISSA JENK­INS

The clouds in the sky were turn­ing a dark shade of grey one Wed­nes­day evening in Car­bon­ear. It looked like rain was on the way.

Sheila Os­mond dis­re­garded the weather and laced up her sneak­ers, get­ting ready to head out for her daily jog.

Ev­ery af­ter­noon she can be seen kilo­me­tres from her home — usu­ally with friends Regina Bald­win and Louise Mar­shall — jog­ging along the main roads.

This mother of five adult chil­dren — two daugh­ters and three sons, ages 25 to 37— is also the vice-pres­i­dent of the Trin­ity Con­cep­tion Ath­let­ics Club (TCAC), an or­ga­ni­za­tion that pro­motes phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity in the re­gion.

As a very ac­tive woman, Sheila be­lieves that keep­ing in shape is im­por­tant and run­ning has re­duced her vis­i­ta­tions to the doc­tor. She plays com­pet­i­tive tid­dly in the sum­mer and has run dif­fer­ent com­pet­i­tive events — al­though not for the com­pe­ti­tion — in­clud­ing the Blueberry Har­vest 10 km Run in Har­bour Grace and a 20 km half-marathon called “Cape to Cabot.”

The club is one of the spon­sors for the Blueberry Har­vest Run, which sees many of its mem­bers par­tic­i­pate ei­ther by com­pet­ing or vol­un­teer­ing at the event. Sheila will be run­ning again this year.

The Run

Af­ter 30 years, the Blueberry Har­vest Run is still go­ing strong, al­though it has ex­pe­ri­enced a few hic­cups along the way.

One ob­sta­cle the event has seen is a de­crease in par­tic­i­pa­tion, al­though in­ter­est has be­gan to in­crease again. There was an ini­tial fear it would not con­tinue.

“It has started to pick up again in the past three or four years,” club pres­i­dent and avid run­ner Pat Collins told the Com­pass in a sit­down in­ter­view. “And here we are now at the 30th.”

Fel­low run­ner and club mem­ber Ron Sul­li­van, who ac­com­pa­nied Pat to the in­ter­view, has par­taken in 17 har­vest runs over its life­span.

Some 90 par­tic­i­pants com­peted in last year’s event while only a hand­ful did the non-com­pet­i­tive race.

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