Sec­ond an­nual Randy’s Run ups level of com­pe­ti­tion in hon­our of Randy Ralph

Event in­tro­duces tim­ing of par­tic­i­pants

The Compass - - Sports - BY CHRIS LEWIS chris.lewis@cb­n­com­pass.ca

The sec­ond an­nual Randy’s Run took place in Car­bon­ear June 18.

Randy’s Run is a five-kilo­me­ter event put to­gether by col­leagues, friends, and fam­ily of Randy Ralph, a teacher and coach who was killed in a fa­tal ac­ci­dent on the Trans-Canada High­way in April of 2016.

The run first started in 2016, and saw dozens of peo­ple run­ning and walk­ing in Ralph’s mem­ory. 2017 was no dif­fer­ent, with a to­tal of 89 par­tic­i­pants rang­ing from former students of Ralph’s to fam­ily mem­bers and past col­leagues.

Ralph, 52, was the prin­ci­pal at the New­found­land and Labrador Youth Cen­tre in Whitbourne at the time of his death, but is of­ten re­mem­bered as a pop­u­lar coach and teacher by peo­ple in the Trin­ity-Con­cep­tion area.

Dur­ing taught at his ca­reer, Ralph both Holy Trin­ity Re­gional High in Heart’s Con­tent and Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate, and looked af­ter wrestling pro­grams for both schools. He also coached soc­cer, rugby, basketball, track and field and cross­coun­try run­ning.

The run took par­tic­i­pants on a five-kilo­me­ter trek through Car­bon­ear, start­ing and fin­ish­ing at Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate.

Pam Whe­lan was one of the or­ga­niz­ers of the event, and told The Compass she was proud to be a part of it, feel­ing as though Ralph would have loved to see peo­ple come to­gether in such a way.

“I re­ally feel like we hon­oured his name,” Whe­lan told The Compass. “He loved sports, he loved com­pe­ti­tion, and I think this is a great way to re­mem­ber a great man.”

In 2016, the first year for Randy’s Run, the race was not timed. This year, how­ever, par­tic­i­pants were timed as a way to raise the level of com­pe­ti­tion — some­thing Whe­lan feels Ralph would have en­joyed.

“Any­one who knew Randy knows he loved a good com­pe­ti­tion, and tim­ing the run just added that ex­tra level of com­pe­ti­tion that I’m sure he would have ap­pre­ci­ated,” Whe­lan added.

The first per­son to make it to the fin­ish line was Matthew McCarthy, a former stu­dent of Ralph’s, who fin­ished with a time of 17:42.

This was also the first year where a schol­ar­ship was awarded to a stu­dent at Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate who par­tic­i­pates in a School Sports New­found­land & Labrador sport, and who show­cased a com­pet­i­tive drive, but also a kind and giv­ing per­son­al­ity, akin to Ralph him­self.

Many on­line do­na­tions were re­ceived from friends and fam­ily of Ralph, though a fi­nal amount has not yet been added up. Whe­lan said the funds raised are enough to help cover the costs of such an event.

Randy’s Run is planned to take place again in 2018 dur­ing Fa­ther’s Day week­end, as it has the past two years.

“Randy’s name won’t be for­got­ten, and I think this is a won­der­ful way to hon­our him. Sports, com­pe­ti­tion, it’s what he was all about, and I think it’s safe to say we’re all look­ing for­ward to hold­ing the event again next year,” said Whe­lan. “We’re like a big fam­ily now, all show­ing our love and sup­port for another fam­ily — the Ralphs.”

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Par­tic­i­pants in the five-kilo­me­ter run ap­proach­ing the fin­ish line.

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