Runners participate in a warmup exercise before the CIBC Run for the Cure in Port McNeill Sunday morning.

Runners participate in a warmup exercise before the CIBC Run for the Cure in Port McNeill Sunday morning.

Run for the Cure raises $3,500 in Port McNeill

North Islanders strapped on their running shoes Sunday morning as part of an annual fundraiser for breast cancer research.

PORT McNEILL—North Islanders strapped on their running shoes Sunday morning as part of an annual fundraiser for breast cancer research.

The CIBC Run for the Cure, which benefits the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, took place in Port McNeill last weekend, drawing more than 40 participants to complete their choice of a 5k or 2k loop around the town.

Kendra Parnham-Hall led participants in a morning warmup outside the Ministry of Forest office, and the run commenced at 9 a.m.

At the finish line, participants received free water bottles and orange slices as they marked their names down on the Wall of Hope.

Joey Grant completed the run first with a time of 22:05. His brother, William, crossed the finish line just five seconds after.

This year, Port McNeill was the only run site north of Nanaimo. The branch raised more than $3,500 for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, and donations are still being accepted.