The Cherry Hill Fun Run putting the fun in running

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The Cherry Hill Fun Run offers a unique and of course, fun time for runners and walkers looking to help the community.

 

The Cherry Hill Fun Run started in 1991 with a small group of people who wanted to fundraise for the United Communities Fire Department (UCFD). The event has grown from around 25 runners/walkers to over 200.

“Most people were walkers, I think there were three runners the first time,” says Rick Chataway, race director for the fun run. “It grew every year.”

 Chataway says the race has grown thanks to the efforts of volunteers, sponsors, and the UCFD itself.

“The thing that makes our race unique is that (the participants) get a great lunch, they get a t-shirt, they get the woodalions, they get little things that set them apart from other races,” says Chataway.

The race starts at the fire hall and does a 10 kilometre loop through Cherry Hill and Broad Cove.  Walkers and runners start at different times. 

A children’s run is also available for children 5 – 12 years of age.  That run is one kilometre to the beach and back and is supervised. 

As a reward for their participation in the event, runners and walkers receive a locally designed t-shirt, a hot lunch made by volunteers at the fire hall, and a unique medal that has been dubbed a “woodalion.” 

“They’re really well done and from the feedback I get, people really appreciate them,” says Chataway.

Local woodworker Patrick Love took over the crafting of the woodalions last year.  Love is a retired designer who used to work out of Montreal.

“Down here I’ve gotten involved in the community,” says Love.  “I have my own woodwork shop and Rick came down this year and we both worked together and I think we produced around 350 woodalions.”

Chataway is expecting over 270 runners and walkers this year.

Although some participants are serious runners, fun remains the name of the game.  There is a gold, silver and bronze medal but they are given out in a draw instead.

“The thought being that anyone who goes out and does this is a winner,” says Chataway.  “There will always be people in the race that are fasted in their times but there are those who have been slugging away too and they’re winners too.”

The race is not timed with chips like other races, though a clock is provided at the start and finish so that runners can time themselves if they like.

Prizes are also a big part of the fun of the event.  Many sponsors provide door prizes for the participants with almost 50 per cent of them receiving a prize. 

All proceeds of the race go to the fire department.

The race takes place on Aug. 2 and starts with a group photo at 9:15 a.m.  Walkers start at 9:30 a.m., runners start at 10 a.m., and children start at 10:30 a.m.

Registration is $23 for adults and $8 for children.  To register visit http://www.events.runningroom.com/site/?raceId=10331 and for more information visit http://www.ucfd.ca/fun-run

Organizations: United Communities Fire Department

Geographic location: Cherry Hill, Broad Cove, Montreal

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