Registration now open for Legacy Run
Thursday, Jan 11, 2018 06:00 am
Registration is now open for the second annual Legacy Run to End Family Violence, taking place April 15 at Genesis Place Recreation Centre.
Although the event isn’t until April, those interested are encouraged to register as soon as possible because the event sold out quickly last year, according to Laurie Jacob-Toews, a member of The Legacy Run to End Family Violence Committee.
“We will be upping our numbers but we do expect to sell out again this year so we are encouraging people to sign up early,” she said.
The event is a twist on Tour de Airdrie, which was held by the Airdrie Rotary Club for many years to raise money for North Rocky View Community Links (NRVCL) and the Airdrie and District Victims Assistance Society (ADVAS), but was cancelled in 2015.
Representatives from NRVCL, ADVAS, Legacy Endurance and a group determined to carry on the memory of Andrea Conroy – an Airdrie woman who was murdered in an act of family violence in 2012 – formed a committee to take over the event and rename it.
“We knew the importance of not only raising money but also raising awareness in regards to family violence and the impact that it does have, not only on the people impacted directly by it, but the whole community. So that was really important to keep that up,” Jacob-Toews said.
The event raised $6,680 for family violence programs offered through NRVCL and ADVAS, she said, adding the goal for this year is $10,000.
Those who register will have the option to run five kilometres (km) in memory of Conroy, 10 km or a half-marathon. Jacob-Toews said it’s the only half-marathon event offered in Airdrie and provides a good opportunity for those wanting to run a marathon later in the year to train and gain experience.
“We had one lady last year who was running a half-marathon for her birthday and she took a little longer than a lot of the people but she came across the line smiling, which is the whole point,” she said. “Because Airdrie’s so flat, it’s a nice place for people to set some good times because there’s not a lot of hills in Airdrie so it’s a fast course.”
The Legacy Run to End Family Violence will kick off at 9 a.m. Medals will be awarded to top-place finishers and attendees will receive T-shirts, snacks and beverages.
Registration for the five-km run and 10-km run is $40 and registration for the half-marathon is $60. Group rates are also available. Those wanting to register can do so online at legacyendurance.com
Jacob-Toews said volunteers and sponsors are also needed for the event.
“We hope a lot of people come out and support the event this year,” she said.