Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Over 200 participants at second annual Moonshadow Run

Toni Lucas - Pincher Creek's second annual Moonshadow run was held on the evening of Saturday, September 17, with a full moon scheduled. The evening was a little chilly and perfect running weather. Three different runs took place: a 2.5 km run, a 5 km run, and a 10 km run. The event was timed so that runners would see the sunset in the western skies, and would have seen the full moon in the east if the cloud cover had not been so heavy.

Top participants in each category
Mathias Gelber (Beaver Mines) 5km, Jaxon Hammond (Pincher Creek) 2.5 km, Abby Whitehead (Pincher Creek) 2.5km, Bronwyn Barber (Calgary) 5 km, Megan Doby (Calgary) 10 km, Jeffery Nicol (Lethbridge) 10km

Recreation Advisory Committee President and Moonshadow Run Committee Chair John Verhagen spearheaded the run and was on hand helping with the myriad of details to be organized. He was happy with the turnout, and that so many in the area are involved with healthy active living for all ages. “We’re very happy. Everybody has been amazing," he said explaining they had a good group; 48 registered volunteers, 220 registered runners, and a lot of community support.

The majority of runners were from Pincher Creek and area, though some attended from the Crowsnest Pass, Calgary, Lethbridge, and a visitor to the area from France also entered.  The age range of participants ran the gamut. The youngest participant was carried in a backpack, and the eldest was 80 years old.  This was definitely a family friendly event.  Although no one was pushed to run everyone could go at their own speed throughout the course, there were some individuals who pushed to race friends or family members.  Registrants had the option of donating to KidSport, and over $1,500 was raised to help families financially join participating sporting organization within the area and local schools.

Lincoln and Wade Grandoni at the finish line
Even with a number of late registrants organizers were delighted they were able to supply everyone with t-shirts.  The Town of Pincher Creek’s Operations and Bylaw helped by setting up the trails, while Town Bylaw officers were controlling traffic and marking runs.  There were prizes for the top Male and Female times in each category as well as a number of door prizes.

Jaxon Hammond (Pincher Creek) 2.5 km Male First Place
KidSport rep Maddie Whitehead

Mathias Gelber (Beaver Mines) 5km Male First Place
2.5km participants
Jeffery Nicol (Lethbridge) 10km Male Winner

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