Celebrating Canada Day with a run

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The parking lot of the Sobeys was packed with runners and their relatives on July 1.

Everybody had come to participate in Performance Health Fitness and Centre’s annual Fun Run event. While some were eating hot dogs and getting their faces painted, others were stretching and preparing themselves to run in East Stettler.

The first event was the 10K run, which was won by Candace Brinks, with a time of 47:33, and Manuel Aguilar, with a time of 47:41. Carl Cornelssen and Emily Chapman were close second.

Guy Chapman won the men’s 5K run with a time of 25:16, while Winnie Bisset won the women’s run with a time of 26:47. Jennifer Taylor crossed the line at 27:03, while the stopwatch showed 28:40 for Riley Cornelssen.

The last event was the kids 1k run. Kevin Missikewitz ran the kilometre in 4:52, followed by Chase Tweit with a time of 4:59. Rachel Deaver won the girls’ run with 5:47, while Jaden Norman finished second with 6:52.

The event raised $250 for KidSport.

“We had 107 runners, which is five more than last year. We were a little bit worried with the date being on a Friday so we’re very happy with the results,” said CJ Oprea, organizer of the event.

“We had lots of new runners as well, which is really exciting.”

This year was the Fun Run’s second year. Performance hopes to hold the third edition next year.

“For a second edition, it was really good. We got lots of positive feedback again this year,” said Oprea. “The weather was fantastic. We had some really fast runners, which is really exciting too.”

Triathlon

There is still time left to register for the Performance triathlon, which will be held on August 7.

“We’re hoping that we can make it a way bigger event this year than it was last year,” said Oprea.

“People can register online on our website or they can go into Performance Physio and register there.”

There will be three events: a try-a-tri event, a sprint event and a duathlon for the kids. People can compete in teams or alone. For more information, please contact Performance Physio at 403-742-4533 or on the clinic’s website at www.performancephysiotherapy.ca