Coal­dale Fun Run ap­proaches

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - Swift Current - CON­TRIB­UTED

Does the shin­ing sun put an ex­tra beat into your step? Embrace that happy energy by at­tend­ing Coal­dale’s ninth an­nual 5K Fam­ily Fun Run, a com­mu­nity event that in­spires in­di­vid­u­als and families to get out and get active. Last year’s event was an over­whelm­ing success when 719 en­trants signed up to join in the fun. The Cor­po­rate Team Chal­lenge and the School Team Chal­lenge are a great ini­tia­tive that or­ga­niz­ers feel con­trib­uted to the 70% in­crease from the previous year.

Me­lanie Harthoorn, race or­ga­nizer, notes that race par­tic­i­pa­tion has in­creased 200% since its in­cep­tion in 2011.

“We are thrilled to ex­pe­ri­ence such great sup­port from com­mu­nity mem­bers, busi­nesses and spon­sors”.

This race truly is an event for all ages and abil­i­ties. With its pro­fes­sional chip tim­ing and flat, easy course, it ap­peals to every­one from the com­pet­i­tive runner to the par­ent with young ones.The Mayor of Coal­dale, Kim Craig, notes “It is a sure sign of spring when the Coal­dale Fam­ily Fun Run hits the cal­en­dar”. The Town of Coal­dale office, in­clud­ing the fire depart­ment, look for­ward to par­tic­i­pat­ing in this year’s cor­po­rate chal­lenge as they have in the past few years. As Coal­dale cel­e­brates its 100th year in 2019 they are es­pe­cially de­lighted to take part in this event and hope it con­tin­ues for many years to come.

“While I can’t guarantee the Fam­ily Fun Run’s cen­ten­nial date at this time, I would like to point out that our 10th or “tin” an­niver­sary is tak­ing place next year!” says Colleen Van Raalte, mar­ket­ing co­or­di­na­tor.

The Cor­po­rate Team Chal­lenge is well on its way as nine busi­nesses have agreed to come on board with this year’s friendly com­pe­ti­tion. Join us on race day where busi­nesses will be vis­i­ble in cor­po­rate swag, kids will be sport­ing school col­ors, and the Coal­dale and Dis­trict Emer­gency Ser­vices will be decked out in fire pro­tec­tion gear! This chip-timed race will kick off at Coal­dale Chris­tian School on Satur­day, April 13 at 10 a.m. and will take a course through scenic ru­ral Coal­dale. Par­tic­i­pants can be as­sured of the safety of the course since this easy-to-fol­low route is closed to traf­fic. All reg­is­tered par­tic­i­pants will be en­tered into a prize draw. In ad­di­tion to medals for the fastest three com­peti­tors in ev­ery cat­e­gory, spe­cial prizes are also awarded to the youngest and old­est par­tic­i­pants as well as the largest fam­ily and fastest stroller pusher! Rib­bons are also given to our youngest racers as they cross the fin­ish line for a job well done.

To reg­is­ter for this event visit race­pro.ca/coal­dale. Youth ages 15 and un­der can sign up for just $10, adults for $20. All reg­is­tra­tion fees in­clude race pack­age, re­fresh­ments and prizes.

The Coal­dale Food Bank will re­ceive a $2 do­na­tion from ev­ery en­try.

Coal­dale Fam­ily Fun Run is spon­sored in part by: Graham’s Garage Napa Auto Pro in Coal­dale, your elite main­te­nance and re­pair shop, and by Workman Roof­ing and Ex­te­ri­ors, your re-roof ex­perts.

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