Thank You Runners, Volunteers and Sponsors
We are grateful you decided to spend your Canada Day with us in Pitt Meadows and because of your hard work and generosity we were able to raise over $10, 000 for the BC Childhood Cancer Parents Association!
It was a hot day but we hope having the extra water station this year and the return of the Pitt Meadows Fire Fighters that we were able to help you stay a little cooler.
Despite that heat we saw the course record being challenged by David Jackson in a blistering time of 25:37, coming extremely close to his training partner's time of 25:28 set in 2011. To make it more interesting David was not even wearing a watch, so he didn't know how close he was to the record until after the finish. Wouldn't it be fun to have those two at the starting line next year along with the 2014 winner Nathan Wadhwani? That would be some exciting racing.
On the women's side Soraiya Abdulla was in top form once again winning in 30:52. She is coming off an impressive performance just three days earlier at the Scotiabank Half Marathon. She now has a commanding lead for most Canada Day wins, we hope she defends her title next year.
Here is the link to the Sport Stats results page:
One of the great things about running is the ability for all ages and levels to enjoy the same event. We had runners from 1 year to 85 years old. Yes, Lenore Montgomery continues to inspire us with her sub 56 minute finish! Amazing.
As Athletes In Kind Celebrates it's 10th year we also celebrate the Jan Saunders Memorial Award presented to Don Prince. He is often the first to arrive and the last to leave every AIK event and the are few with stronger hands or a bigger heart. He is humble, hard working and caring and an example to all of us.
A good sign that we live in a healthy community are the number of volunteers ready to put on this event, 51 of them in blue '10' shirts. We've heard some great stories of thank you's by spectators and runners, even of big hugs out on the course. You have truly made a difference to families battling cancer and to the health of our community.
BIG RACE LOOK with a SMALL TOWN FEEL
Other winners on the day Hayden Fida of a new bike from Cap's Westwood Cycle for most pledges raised. Jess Shelby walked away, sorry, Ran Away with a Kintec gift card for new shoes for her fund raising efforts. Well done!
We will see you at our next event.
If you were in the 8k and didn't receive a bandana 'HooRag' please contact Eric.
Thank you once again to our sponsors
- West Coast Auto Group
- The News
- Thrifty Foods Maple Ridge
- Scotia Bank Meadow Town Center
- SOLE Experience Running Company
- Stomping Grounds Coffee House & Bistro
- Cap's Westwood Cycle
- Slyce Hair Studio
- Graphix Unlimited
- Ode to a Bloom
- Sweet Tooth Creamery
- Cap's Westwood Cycle