Running for Randy
Plenty of participants turn out for third annual Randy’s Run
Many of Randy Ralph’s family members, including his son Andrew, took part in the annual Randy’s Run event, held June 16 in memory of the former teacher and wrestling coach who inspired many.
Plenty of runners – and dogs – recently took part in a fivekilometre run in Carbonear.
Saturday morning, June 16, marked the third annual Randy’s Run, which saw plenty of athletes and supporters take part in the five-kilometre trek.
For the past three years, Randy’s Run has taken place in Carbonear in honour of Randy Ralph, a teacher and coach at Carbonear Collegiate who died in an accident on the TransCanada Highway in April of 2016.
Family members, friends, colleagues, past students, and anyone else who knew Ralph in any capacity made appearances at Saturday morning’s event, which saw participants run a five-kilometre loop, starting and ending at Carbonear Collegiate, where they later gathered for a hearty breakfast.
Ralph, who was 52 at the time of his death, was the principal at the Newfoundland and Labrador Youth Centre in Whitbourne, though many of Saturday’s runners held special memories of Ralph from his days as a coach and teacher where he played an active role in the youth sports communities in the area. He was known for encouraging student athletes to compete to the best of their abilities.
2016 marked the first year for Randy’s Run, however, 2017’s run was the first time participants were timed. This change came as a means of honouring Ralph’s competitive spirit, with event organizers stating that Ralph himself would have loved to see the extra level of challenge added to the event.
Much like the previous two years, Ralph’s wife Frankie, as well as children Andrew and Victoria, also participated in the run. Victoria was the first female to cross the finish line this year.
“He was always there for the youth,” said Frankie. “He loved his job, and he’d always say teaching was the best job ever.
“He coached a lot of sports and was involved in so many after school activities, and he didn’t just coach them, he worked with them,” she continued. “Ran with them, played soccer with them — he was just very involved, and I think that’s a big reason why he’s left such an impact on all these people.”
Randy’s Run being held at Carbonear Collegiate on an annual basis seemed like a nobrainer to event organizers. Frankie described the school as a second home for Ralph and his family, noting the immense admiration he had for the Carbonear Collegiate portion of his teaching career.
Frankie explained to The Compass that Ralph played a key role in the organization of a number of tournaments and similar events throughout his career. She said it was heartwarming to see so many people eager to host and take part in an event in her husband’s name, especially now that the event has successfully run for three years in a row.
This year’s run also saw a few new faces, with more young runners taking part in this year’s event.
While most participants in the event knew Ralph well enough to know how much he would appreciate such an event, his presence was felt event stronger by his wife. She spoke briefly about the ‘dimes from heaven’ she had been finding over the last couple of years. It is believed by some that, after the death of a loved one, you will find dimes and other small coins that act as a message of encouragement from deceased family members.
“I know Randy was here with us today. I write to him every day, and I said to him this morning – ‘show me a sign,’” Frankie explained through tear-filled eyes. “I find these dimes all the time, and this morning when we were walking, we found a dime in the middle of the road. When I looked at it, I knew what it was. Randy was here with us this morning, and he was letting us know.”
Plenty of participants showed up Saturday morning, June 16 to take part in the third annual Randy’s Run.
Plenty of dogs came out Saturday morning, June 16 as well for some early exercise with their owners.
Brett Shute was the first runner to cross the finish line at this year’s Randy’s Run.
Even some younger athletes, such as Owen Pike, participated in Randy’s Run this year.