YFC Runway RunJune 15th, 2015
In August 2014, the CCRR executive was approached by Kate O'Rourke from the Fredericton Airport to see if we were willing to help out organizing a race on the runway. Corena and I were both enthusiastic and so became the first co-race directors of the (later to be named) YFC Runway Run.
The desire was to have a 5K race and to make it a fundraiser for a good cause. Corena came up with the Canadian Mental Health Association and so we got Sylvie Power on board.
We had a lot of meetings and planning and all that stuff. Each had his/her own tasks and finally 9 months later, on May 23rd 2015 we had the first YFC Runway Run.
The day was wet, but the skies opened up right on time. I had half an hour to set up the course and we were just back in time before the start. I must say, it was a thrilling experience to be out on that runway. First, a couple of weeks ago, measuring it with a wheel, and second yesterday with that short timeframe.
I was mostly nervous about the length of the course, because it cannot be too short and preferably not too much over the 5K mark. But a runway is so wide. I cut some corners, but next year I would cut some more, because we were about a 100 meters over I guess.
Anyways, the race was a success according to all the compliments we have received so that makes us happy and proud.
Daren Verner finished as first male in 21:44 and Sheryl Johnstone finished first female in 24:16.
I would not be surprised if we are going to have a YFC Runway Run again in 2016