Stu­dents stay the course at Iona

The Glengarry News - - News - BY MAR­GARET CALDBICK News Staff

Iona Academy wel­comed over 1,000 stu­dents and scores of teach­ers and par­ent vol­un­teers to its an­nual cross-coun­try run on Fri­day, Oct. 5, at the beloved St. Raphael’s in­sti­tu­tion.

It was a daz­zling fall day with per­fect tem­per­a­tures for the chal­leng­ing cross- coun­try run that pits 22 schools from ev­ery pub­lic school in Stor­mon­tDun­das- Glen­garry. Races start at 700 me­tres for the lit­tle ones in Grades 1 and 2 and move up to the heart-burst­ing 3,000 me­tres for Grade 8 boys and girls.

All-round ath­lete and sportswoman, 11- year- old Is­abelle Gil­lard, a Grade 6 stu­dent from Lady of Good Coun­sel Catholic School in In­gle­side, trained for weeks for the 2,000-me­tre event by chas­ing be­hind her sis­ter driv­ing a ATV cross- coun­try through the woods.

On race day, Is­abelle had her eye on fin­ish­ing among the lead­ers, but when a friend fell sick and be­gan to wob­ble be­cause of a stitch, Is­abelle held back and en­cour­aged her class­mate to stay in the race.

She crossed the fin­ish line among the last fin­ish­ers but was de­lighted with her race and her day, her favourite school event.

The win­ner of the Grade 6 Girls 2,000 me­tre race was LéaMaude La­joie of Lochiel who at­tends Elda- Rouleau in Alexan­dria. With her fa­ther, teacher and vol­un­teer Marc La­joie, look­ing on, Léa-Maude fin­ished ahead of the pack and was still fresh as she was awarded her first-place rib­bon.

She placed sec­ond in last year’s Grade 5 race event.

Elda-Rouleau also claimed vic­tory in the Grade 6 boys 2,000me­tre when Ma­cauley Baleine, 11, from Fas­sifern, crossed the fin­ish line first.

Like many, Ma­cauley needed to re­plen­ish some calo­ries, and after the race headed for the

food ta­bles for a slice of pizza.

Among the dozens of teacher­vol­un­teers at the event was Pam Gould who teaches Grade 1 and 2 at Iona.

“Once again, we’ve hit a good day for the run,” said Mrs. Gould who was posted at the first leg of the race to watch that no spec­ta­tors crossed the race route. “The kids al­ways have such a good time.”

From the looks of it, ev­ery­one was hav­ing a won­der­ful time. The ex­pan­sive lawn in front of Iona Academy was spread with stu­dents who hud­dled in happy laugh­ing groups.

The scene was rem­i­nis­cent of a Scouts jam­boree with hun- dreds of ex­hil­a­rated young peo­ple every­where you looked.

France Bour­get, dressed in eye-catch­ing turquoise, was the lead or­ga­nizer for the event and was kept busy at the start line mak­ing sure each grade was lined up for a per­fect start.

The run's scenic route started out with a loop around the school and ad­ja­cent his­toric Bishop's House in St. Raphael’s, among the old­est and most his­toric build­ings in On­tario.

From there, the stu­dents headed out for a jaunt through the woods and fi­nally back down scenic Frog Hol­low Road be­fore their fin­ish be­fore 1,500 cheer­ing stu­dents, teach­ers and vol­un­teers.

The event was the 27th an­nual Iona Run, an event that pro­motes phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity and fit­ness and also sports­man­ship and ca­ma­raderie.

1,000 stu­dents take part in 27th an­nual run

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