Nearly 100 Burntwood River runners raise more than $2,000 for breast cancer research

The first-ever Burntwood River Run held Sept. 29 raised nearly $3,000 for the Breast Cancer Society in memory of Faith Pritchard, organizers says.

Sarah Pritchard, who organized the five-kilometre, 10-kilometre and half-marathon runs starting from the Legion on Mystery Lake Road with Suzanna Bruce, said her mother Faith took up running after her first bout with cancer and being told it had gone into remission.

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“She went out and bought herself a pair of running shoes and learnt to run,” said Pritchard. “I got a very excited text message one day and she told me that she’d run her very first 5K. Hadn’t stopped to walk, hadn’t had to call Dad to come pick her up and she was so pumped about it. When she passed in May, I wanted to do something not only to honour the Breast Cancer Society and everything that they had done for our family and how they had supported us, but I also wanted to do something that Mom would have been proud of and would have loved to be a part of.”

The organizers said that participants had raised $2,080 for the Breast Cancer Society and that online donations had reached $745.

There were 75 participants in the five-kilometre event, 16 in the 10-kilometre run, and half-a-dozen, along with one dog, in the half-marathon

“I’m blown away by the amount of people who have come out today and it’s one of the reasons I love this little town so much, so much support for everything,” Pritchard said before the start of the races.

Harvey Yeo, Allison Zimmerman and Amy Portey were the top three finishers in Faith’s 5K, while Lueio Ferrara, Stephanie Jacoby and Harold Smith were the first three 10K runners to cross the line. Daniel Coutare, Devin Drury and Hash Pereiera were the three fastest finishers in the half-marathon.

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