Lac­ing them up

Evan­ge­line-based Hon­our Run in sup­port of Can­cer So­ci­ety back for sec­ond year

Journal Pioneer - - FRONT PAGE - BY COLIN MACLEAN

What started out as a school project for one École Évangé­line stu­dent is shap­ing up to be a re­cur­ring ath­letic event in the com­mu­nity. She­laine Gal­lant and her teacher ad­vi­sor, vice-prin­ci­pal Do­minique Morency, to­gether or­ga­nized La Course d’Hon­nuer/The Hon­our Run in 2017. It was a 10-km run or with an op­tion for a 5-km run/ walk. The event was de­signed to sup­port the Cana­dian Can­cer So­ci­ety and was part of a project for Gal­lant’s Grade 12 global issues class.

But with Gal­lant’s grad­u­a­tion from the school last year, her stud­ies at UPEI and no ac­cess to the same fund­ing pro­gram that helped them pre­vi­ously, the women were un­sure if they would be able to bring the run back for a sec­ond year.

Then Gal­lant suf­fered a ter­ri­ble loss. Her grand­mother, Shirlee Mac­Don­ald, passed away in Novem­ber from can­cer.

“For me it was the de­cid­ing fac­tor, to do it again in her hon­our,” said Gal­lant.

She and Morency got to work ear­lier this year drum­ming up com­mu­nity sup­port again. The Évangé­line area busi­ness com­mu­nity re­sponded, do­nat­ing prize items or oth­er­wise of­fer­ing to help in some way. They have part­nered with the Run­ning Room for some items like the time board and start and fin­ish line mark­ers.

Last year’s run was, until then, the only of­fi­cial run­ning event in the Evan­ge­line area. An­other run, Course du Fes­ti­val Aca­dien, has since started. Morency said she wanted to see La Course d’Hon­nuer con­tinue be­cause get­ting a run­ning event started in the Evan­ge­line area has been an am­bi­tion of hers for a while, and she didn’t want to see it fade away af­ter only one year.

“I’m proud of it and I think we do bring some­thing to the com­mu­nity, more than just rais­ing money,” said Morency.

Last year’s run raised $1,200 for the Cana­dian Can­cer So­ci­ety and at­tracted 60 adult run­ners and about 30 kids.

This year’s run, which is a fun run only, will take place June 2, with regis­tra­tion from 8 to 9 a.m. and run­ners set­ting off at 9:15. The regis­tra­tion ta­ble, start­ing point and end point will all be at École Évangé­line. There will be light re­fresh­ments at the school and door prizes will be handed out there as well.

Par­tic­i­pants have the op­tion of do­ing a 5-km run for $10 or walk­ing that dis­tance for $5 and the 10-km run is $20 while the 1-km kids event is $2.

Regis­tra­tion is cash only. The event will go ahead rain or shine.

The money raised dur­ing the morn­ing run will be pre­sented dur­ing the lo­cal Re­lay for Life, which is later the same day. In­for­ma­tion about the event is also avail­able on­line at www.la­coursed­hon­neur.yol­a­site.com.

COLIN MACLEAN/JOUR­NAL PI­O­NEER

Do­minique Morency and She­laine Gal­lant are lac­ing up for the sec­ond an­nual La Course d’Hon­nuer/The Hon­our Run, a fun run they started as part of one of Gal­lant’s Grade 12 school projects.

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