Prairie Post (East Edition) - - Front Page - BY MATTHEW LIEBEN­BERG— mlieben­[email protected]­t.com

Mem­bers of the Swift Cur­rent Com­pre­hen­sive High School cross coun­try team sprint at the start of the Terry Fox Run, Sept. 16.

Com­mu­nity mem­bers stepped up to en­sure that the long tra­di­tion of a Terry Fox Run in Swift Cur­rent can con­tinue.

The event started and fin­ished in River­side Park, Sept. 16. There were 33 par­tic­i­pants, who ran or walked on a route set out along the Chi­nook Park­way, and they raised $5,105 for the Terry Fox Foun­da­tion.

“That was great, con­sid­er­ing the weather and how we pro­moted it,” spokesper­son David Ca­ma­rador said. “We def­i­nitely had a lot of fam­ily sup­port, they wanted to see their kids run. So we're glad to see that.”

There was un­cer­tainty if this year's Terry Fox Run will take place in Swift Cur­rent, be­cause the lo­cal vol­un­teer or­ga­nizer was not avail­able to co­or­di­nate the event. There was a call for help from the Terry Fox Foun­da­tion and a num­ber of com­mu­nity mem­bers got to­gether to keep it go­ing.

The in­di­vid­u­als who be­came in­volved were David Ca­ma­rador, Shan­tal Dyck, Zach El­liott, Sar­b­jit Gill, An­gela LaFon­taine, Kim Targ­er­son and Amanda Thore­son.

“Af­ter a news ar­ti­cle was pub­lished, a few peo­ple com­mu­ni­cated to the per­son who did that in­ter­view, and they talked about be­ing a co­or­di­na­tor,” Ca­ma­rador said. “Then we had a few key peo­ple come in for a meet­ing and we dis­cussed the lo­gis­tics of the event. ... So not one main per­son did it, but the re­siliency of the com­mu­nity re­ally helped out.”

Some­thing dif­fer­ent at this year's event was a warm-up ses­sion for par­tic­i­pants be­fore the start of the run/walk, which was pre­sented by fit­ness in­struc­tors Dara Closs and Erica Pasley of the Twist of Fate fit­ness stu­dio.

“A lot of peo­ple had fun and there was a few laughs, but it's good that peo­ple were warmed up, es­pe­cially how cold it was,” he said.

Ca­ma­rador, who is the cur­rent chair­per­son of the Swift Cur­rent Com­pre­hen­sive High School Stu­dent Lead­er­ship Coun­cil, felt it was im­por­tant to get in­volved with the event and mem­bers of the school's cross coun­try team also par­tic­i­pated in the Terry Fox Run.

“I want to ad­vo­cate for what the stu­dent body's val­ues are, you know in­clu­siv­ity and then al­ways fight­ing to be bet­ter for the great good, but also as some­one from Swift Cur­rent we un­der­stand how ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties help to con­tribute to a larger group such as the Terry Fox or­ga­ni­za­tion,” he said. “We are go­ing to have our own Terry Fox walk as a school on Sept. 27. We're re­ally happy that we can do both.”

Pho­tos by Matthew Lieben­berg

Pho­tos by Matthew Lieben­berg

Par­tic­i­pants in the Terry Fox Run leave the start­ing area at River­side Park, Sept. 16.

Par­tic­i­pants do some warm-up ex­er­cises be­fore the start of the Terry Fox Run in Swift Cur­rent, Sept. 16.

Fit­ness in­struc­tors Dara Closs (at left) and Erica Pasley of the Twist of Fate fit­ness stu­dio pro­vided a warm-up ses­sion be­fore the start of the Run.

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