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Stroll for Liver adds run option in Moncton

Annual fundraiser for Canadian Liver Foundation held June 10

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
June 13, 2017

MONCTON, N.B. – There was more than a stroll at the Stroll for Liver in Moncton this year.
For the first time, the fundraiser for the Moncton chapter of the Canadian Liver Foundation offered a 5K run option to its annual walk, and the results on Saturday, June 10 were positive.
“Everything went well,” said race director Jamie Jardine. “The weather was perfect and the people had a great time.”
The Stroll for Liver is a fundraising event that happens across Canada every year, wherever a chapter of the Canadian Liver Foundation can be found.

Participants in the Stroll for Liver colour event in Moncton get coloured up for the occasion at Riverfront Park on Saturday, June 10.

Photo courtesy of the event Facebook page

The idea to expand the Moncton event to include a run, came about from a conversation between Jardine and his friend Gary Trainor, president of the Moncton chapter.
The 2016 Stroll for Liver in Moncton had only attracted a handful of walkers, and the two wanted to do something to widen its appeal.
“I’m a recreational runner, and I participate in a lot of events, so I said why not do an event like everyone else?” said Jardine. “Everyone is doing runs and stuff. That’s how we came up with the Stroll for Liver colour event.
“We wanted to do something different and make it more of an event, and we wanted to create something that has an identity that stood out from the other events,” he added.
Participants made use of the city’s trail system along the Petitcodiac River, starting and finishing at Riverfront Park in an out-and-back course, receiving dustings of powdered colour along the way.
“Initially we were hoping to have more participants, but as it turns out, with the logistics of the coloured powder, the water stations, we realized less was going to be more for us this year,” said Jardine. “This was our learning year.”
Along with the registrations and pledges collected by participants, plenty of donations also came in for the cause, according to Jardine, who said the success in Moncton could lead to runs being added to other Stroll for Liver events across Canada next year.