17th An­nual Moose Jawg opens Canada Day cel­e­bra­tions

Moose Jaw Express.com - - News - Sarah Cat­t­er­ick

Canada Day in Moose Jaw kicked off with a bang at the start­ing line of the 17th An­nual Moose Jawg Char­ity Road Race in Wakamow Val­ley. The an­nual 5K and 10K races drew al­most 300 run­ners to the Moose Jaw area. This year the Runt Run, a pre-race for chil­dren un­der 12, had fifty en­thu­si­as­tic par­tic­i­pants.

A cool but sunny morn­ing pro­vided the ideal con­di­tions for the par­tic­i­pants from all over Canada. Race Di­rec­tor Dawn Luh­n­ing says, “The event went awe­some to­day. The weather couldn’t have been bet­ter. It looked like it was go­ing to rain to­day but for the 17th year in a row it didn’t.”

The Moose Jawg pro­vides an ac­tive way to start Canada Day and it also raises funds for the Moose Jaw Health Foun­da­tion. Since its in­cep­tion, the event has raised $130,000 for lo­cal di­rect pa­tient care. Luh­n­ing says, “I think that the Health Foun­da­tion is a great char­ity. The rea­son why we started this race was be­cause we wanted to sup­port as many peo­ple as we could and sup­port­ing the Moose Jaw Health Foun­da­tion en­sures that all the money stays lo­cal. That’s re­ally what its all about.”

Luh­n­ing wants to thank the many vol- un­teers and spon­sors who make the Moose Jawg a suc­cess ev­ery sin­gle year. “Vol­un­teers are a big deal at this event; if we didn’t have amaz­ing vol­un­teers set­ting up the course, run­ning the regis­tra­tion desk, and at the wa­ter sta­tions, it wouldn’t hap­pen. They make it run as smoothly as it does.”

Peo­ple of all ages came out to race in the event seek­ing friendly com­pe­ti­tion, per­sonal bests, and an ac­tive out­door event to start off Canada Day. Luh­n­ing says, “I’ve al­ways wanted this event to be not only for com­pet­i­tive run­ners, but also a race that peo­ple could run for fun, peo­ple who are just start­ing and try­ing it out. That’s why we started the Runt Run. It’s been great watch­ing some of these kids run the Runt Run years ago and now they are do­ing the 5K and the 10K. It cre­ates a healthy life­style which we re­ally en­cour­age.”

The re­sults for the Moose Jawg Men’s 5K:

1. Matthew John­son of Regina (15:52)

2. Marc Turmel of Regina (15:55)

3. Quinn Le­gare of Regina (16:19)

Women’s 5K:

1. Bevin Thomp­son of Regina (17:56)

2. Ja­dyn Palaschuk of Moose Jaw (19:01)

3. Tianna Dodds of Lums­den (19:24)

The re­sults for the Moose Jawg Men’s 10K:

1. Mike Tighe of Moose Jaw (37:36)

2. Shaun Hesse of Regina (38:36)

3. Brian Wicks of Regina (40:08)

Women’s 10K:

1. An­drea Amiot of Moose Jaw (42:38)

2. Marni Wil­liams of Regina (46:56)

3. Trina Cob­bledick of Regina (47:55)

For a full list of re­sults from the 2018 Moose Jawg, go to re­sultscanad­a.com/ re­sults.php

Kelly McEl­ree, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of the Moose Jaw Health Foun­da­tion, thanks ev­ery­one in­volved with this year’s Moose Jawg

Run­ners take off from the start­ing lines at the 2018 Moose Jawg road race.

Ja­dyn Palaschuk of Moose Jaw col­lects her award for sec­ond fastest time in the women’s 5K

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