MP Gord Brown and Warden Robin Jones. Photo by Kemp McMeekin

By Chuck MacInnis

Run Merrickville 2018 has come and gone and organizers were thrilled with the turnout, despite the heavy rain for the first half of the event. Race Director Lori Urquhart said the Run took on an international flavour this year with a runner from Ireland participating as a “virtual” runner. It is the first time the organizers have allowed virtual runners.

“The goal of Run Merrickville is to encourage participation in a running and walking event open to all ages and levels of physical fitness, and we certainly achieved this,” Lori said. Almost 300 people registered for this year’s event, just shy of the 308 who signed up last year.

The field was populated with eager runners and walkers of all ages. Gail Garland, as promised, completed the 10 km route in her wheel chair! She said at the completion of the 5 km route last year she would do the 10 km route this year. Collette Durand, a returning participant three years in a row, once again completed the 2 km route with the aid of her walker.

The people of Merrickville-Wolford came out in droves to support the run. There were over 100 volunteers manning barricades and cheering stations, taking photographs, handing out water, or preparing food for the returning runners. Businesses and individuals came forward to provide financial assistance and services “in kind”, and even our federal, provincial and local politicians came out to wish the runners well and take part in the event.

Sally MacInnis said, “the Run Merrickville organizing committee recognizes this event could not take place without the support of our volunteers and sponsors, and wants to thank each and every one of them for their enthusiastic assistance.”

To see the enthusiasm with which Run Merrickville is received from volunteers and participants go to www.run-merrickville.ca, and select the ‘2018 Pictures’ tab.

“We have booked for next year, so: Save the Date! Run Merrickville will be back Saturday April 27, 2019!” Lori said.

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