Participants in the 2015 Skip's Run.

Participants in the 2015 Skip's Run.

Get ready for annual Skip’s Run

The event, now in its sixth year, is for walkers, runners, and those on wheels.

Vicky Trill

Less than two weeks ago, 80 people from Ashcroft and Cache Creek joined another 2,600 people to run in the Kamloops Boogie the Bridge event. This year, the Boogie race raised $160,000 for Kamloops charities. I ran the 10k, and every kilometre I saw a friendly face from our small communities. I was proud to know that there were 80 of us walking and running for a good cause.

Next month, on Sunday, June 5, the Ashcroft and District Lions Club—in partnership with the Desert Hills Triathlon Club—will host the 6th annual Skip’s Run in Ashcroft. Every year this charity run gets better, and this year every finisher will receive a medal. Skip’s Run was named in honour of former Lions member Skip Stuart.  Skip was a hard-working mechanic and garage owner who was always ready to help, even when the work day was done, and who believed in the Lions Club and in serving his community. Proceeds from Skip’s Run go back into our communities to support projects such as youth clubs and teams, fire departments, providing automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) to public buildings, and so much more!

Skip’s Run is about participation and fun, and is a great event for the whole family. Participants can choose to run or walk distances of 2.5km, 5km, or 10km, and enjoy a scenic, mostly flat, route from start to finish. The run starts and finishes at the Heritage Park on Railway in Ashcroft.

Register now and receive the early bird price of $25 per child, $30 per adult, or $80 for a family. You can register online at www.raceonline.ca. If you miss the early registration, you can still join in on the fun by registering in person at the race package pick-up point at the Heritage Park on Saturday, June 4 from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m., or on race day between 7:45 and 8:30 a.m.

If you think you’re not yet ready to run, the Desert Hills Tri Club can help. Join us on Saturday mornings at 9:00 am for our Learn2Run Club. For more information call (250) 457-7038.