30 years for Blueberry Harvest Run
Harbour Grace event to reach significant milestone
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.
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.