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All smiles in Sackville

Walk/run raises $2,300 for kids’ gym/swim program

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
April 2, 2017

SACKVILLE, N.B. – How much is a SMILE worth? Quite a lot, according to those who took part in the eighth annual SMILE Walk/Run here yesterday.
“We had a great day,” said Katie Scott, one of three Mount Allison University students coordinating the event. “Between the 1K, 5K and 10K we had 102 runners. We’re very excited about the turnout.”
Through registration fees and donations, the event brought in just over $2,300 for the SMILE program, a weekly activity pairing up students from the university with local children with intellectual disabilities, for activities such as gym time, crafts, cooking and swimming.

Members of the Amherst Striders taking part in the annual SMILE Walk/Run included (from left) Roseann MacKenzie, Alison Borden, Debra-Dawn Megeney, Greg Murray, Karen Geneva, Linda Brown Carter, Alan Theal, Cindy Hicks, Sue Gallant, Tera Mitchell, Aurelia Mitchell, Cairo Mitchell and Ken MacKenzie.

Photo courtesy of Alan Theal

The walk/run is the main fundraiser for the program, and yesterday’s event raised almost $1,000 more than last year’s, according to Scott.
The participants came from a wide range of ages and abilities, from Steven Rose, who signed up with his 12-year-old son because the youth wanted to take part, to Alan Theal, one of several members of the Amherst Striders running club that crossed the border for the event.
“It was a great fundraiser and a fun event,” said Theal. “I would have liked to see more people, but they were happy.”
The routes took place along multiple streets within the town of Sackville, beginning on campus at the Wallace McCain Student Centre.
“The course was challenging and hilly,” said Theal. “There were lots of volunteers to make sure everyone kept on the right route.”