If you have lived in Ashcroft for more than five years and especially if you own a vehicle, chances are you knew Skip Stuart.
Skip was a hard working mechanic and garage owner who was always ready to help, even when the work day was done. He believed in the Lions Club and in serving his community. His pet projects were the Food Bank and Christmas Hamper. He was also instrumental in building the Lions’ concession trailer and seldom missed cooking a pancake breakfast.
After Skip passed away in 2010, his friends at the Lions Club decided to host a running event in his honour. This Sunday, June 7, will be the 5th annual Skip’s Run for charity.
I have enjoyed the Skip’s Run event since its beginning and each year it get’s bigger and better. It is a family friendly event and fun for everyone. Some running events I’ve attended are very serious and competitive. Skip’s Run, however is about participation and fun and is a great event to try your first race, or even your 100th.
Choose from a 2.5 km, 5 km or 10 km distance and enjoy a scenic basically flat route from start to finish. You can run or walk, or do a little of both. Skip’s Run begins and finishes in Ashcroft at the downtown park and for those who would like to test their speed and stamina, there are medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers in various age categories.
Skip’s Run is very inexpensive to enter at just $20 for a child or $30 for an adult, or bring the whole family and pay even less per person! All proceeds from the run go right back into the Ashcroft and Cache Creek communities so it’s money well spent!
If you haven’t already signed up for Skip’s Run, there is still time. Come to the Ashcroft downtown park between 2-6 pm on Saturday, June 6 or just come on race morning any time before 8:45 am to register. If you would like to be involved, but are unable to run or walk this year, please come on down and cheer along the runners. Your cheers and encouragement may be just what someone needs to power them across the finish line!
Join the fun this Sunday and help your Lions Club support our communities! See you at the finish line!
For more information, call 250 457-7038.