Second annual Randy’s Run ups level of competition in honour of Randy Ralph
Event introduces timing of participants
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.”
Participants in the five-kilometer run approaching the finish line.