The Eagle View Run Team, along with 39,744 other participants, participated in the 33rd Annual Vancouver Sun Run on April 23rd.
Chaz Hall and Kirsten Strussi were the first two from the team to cross the finish line with a time of 1:07:25 each;
Madelyn Meredith and Karen Strussi finished with a time of 1:08:19;
Hugo Hall and Pauline Johnson finished with a time of 1:12:28;
Emma Walkus 1:23:04;
Dianna Brown 1:23:05;
Kaylene Walkus-Giesbrecht 1:42:10;
Sheila McGrath 1:42:11; and
The team’s two urban pollers Tianna Freund 1:57:27 and Heather Miller 1:57:31.
Since January, the team of students, staff members, and parents were training and enrolled in the Aboriginal Run/Walk 13 week InTraining program, with the goal to attend the annual Vancouver Sun Run, which they did.
This program is offered through partnership with SportMedBC and the Aboriginal Sport Recreation &Physical Activity Partners Council. The Team organized several fundraisers to offset the costs of the travel to Vancourver and home.
This adventure provided many ‘firsts’ and memorable moments. The goal was to have students , staff, and parents build their strength and stamina, improve health and fitness, while remaining injury free and having fun while accomplishing that.
They acknowledge running and walking are lifelong sports. They want other youth and families to develop this great habit at a younger age. This overnight adventure was filled with a lot of fun and laughter. Again, so many ‘firsts’ happened for this group and they are sure it has left an impression for a life time. The Team is continuing to fundraise to allow them to embark on future health and fitness events. Any recyclable cans and bottles can be dropped off at the Return It Center for Eagle View Run Team.
The Team would like to thank Save On Foods, Port Hardy Bulldozing, EVES PAC, Blaine Knapton of Hope BC, James Walkus Fishing Co LTD, and many of the other individuals who donated to help the team achieve their goals.
Way to go Eagle View Run Team- what an amazing adventure!
– Gazette staff