By Southern Alberta Newspapers on April 17, 2021.
Coaldale Christian School has announced a re-boot of the 10th Annual Coaldale 5K Family Fun Run.
This event was cancelled last year and as health restrictions continue, adaptation becomes key. In light of this, the Fun Run is hosting a virtual race this year.
What is a virtual race and how will it work? Rather than having one single race day, participants will use the week of April 19-26 to run/walk the 5K and submit a personal time via a website. Because this race is going virtual, this means anyone from anywhere can take part! This event remains a great way to encourage physical fitness and healthy outdoor activity, while enhancing both family time and community camaraderie.
The past decade has seen an astounding amount of support for this event from both participants and sponsors. The main goal of the Fun Run is to bring cohesiveness to the Town of Coaldale. This applies to businesses and community members alike.
“We are elated the Fun Run organizers were able to plan a virtual version of this well-attended and highly anticipated community event.
We hope to see many families and participants out this year embracing the challenge and enjoying the outdoors,” said Mayor Kim Craig.
In the spirit of going virtual and to celebrate 10 years running, organizers plan to inject a little more “fun” into Fun Run via engaging videos shining a spotlight on the many businesses in the Town of Coaldale – while hosting some fun competitions.
“We have received great support from our sponsors who have been very willing to engage with our crazy shenanigans”, said race co-ordinator Melanie Harthoorn.
“It is our hope this event and these videos will give us a fun distraction. Kids especially can use something else to focus on right now.”
Funds generated by this event are put towards community enhancement projects, with this year’s funds being held in reserve for upgrades to Pinnacle Park in Coaldale. This includes the resurfacing of the general field, so kids can participate in recreation sports safely. Conversion of a dilapidated tennis court into a street hockey arena is also included in the scope of this project. The Fun Run will also be donating $2 of every entry to Streets Alive Mission’s Segue Home for Women.
To register for this event visit racepro.ca/coaldale. Youth ages 15 and under can sign up for just $10, adults for $20. Each registration fee includes a race package filled with coupons, a “10 Years Running” commemorative booklet and a Fun Run buff. Prizes totalling $3,000 will be given away daily. Medals for the top three finishers in each category will also be awarded.