An annual fun run in Red Deer is getting a makeover.
The fifth annual Red Deer PCN Women’s Fun Run, formerly known as the Only Women’s Fitness Fun Run, is set to take place May 13th. Last year there were nearly 1,000 participants and organizers hope for even more this year.
The fun run will take place in a new location as well – at the Legion Track at Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School.
Another new highlight of the event will be the the Mom and Son 1km run.
“As we endeavour to engage as many women as possible into healthy living we have added a special event for our racers. Here’s a chance for the young men in our City and the wonderful women in their lives to take up the one kilometre challenge,” said Val Jensen, race director/event coordinator with the run.
“We hope that this new event attracts women that may not have joined us in the past Mother’s Day weekend.”
In addition to the 1km, 3km, 5km and 10km run/walks there will be dozens of booths and other activities for participants to enjoy.
There will also be a wide-range of prizes to be given away at the event including a four-month lease on a Nissan convertible.
There is also a 100m diaper dash and a 500m little ladies’ race as well.
MC College will also be on site to give manicures and pedicures as well as braids and dry haircuts by donation. Kids’ activity bouncers, an obstacle course, human soccer balls and other family friendly activities will be available as well.
In addition, organizers will partner with The Mustard Seed Red Deer – School Lunch Program.
“The School Lunch Program at The Mustard Seed is a vital part of the Red Deer community,” said Byron Bradley, director of The Mustard Seed in Red Deer.
“Through the program with the support of volunteers, over 300 lunches are made daily and delivered to almost every school across the City. In the 2015/16 school year 50,000 lunches were made daily and delivered and this year we expect to reach 60,000 lunches.
“In the 2016/17 school year we are focusing on securing sustainable and fresh sources of food so the vulnerable students across the City are provided with a nutritious and well-balanced lunch to help provide the nutrients their young growing bodies deserve and need.”
Meanwhile, since the run’s inception in 2012, close to 4,000 ladies have crossed the finish line and more than $30,000 has been donated to local charities, from personal donations as well as from proceeds of the event.
For more information or to register, visit www.womensfunrun.ca.