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Apple Tree Foundation run adds 10K option

Annual Waterville fundraiser set for April 23

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
April 17, 2017

WATERVILLE, N.S. – Runners participating in the annual Apple Tree Foundation spring fundraiser now have a 10K option, along with the traditional 5K run/walk.
As the event continues to grow in its fourth year, the addition of the new distance seemed like a natural step, according to Tarina Bambrick, managing director of the foundation.
“In the first year, the event had just over 20 people, and that doubled in year two,” she said. “Last year we had close to 60 participants. With the additional route this year, we are hoping for 80-100 in total.”

Participants take off in last year’s Apple Tree Foundation 5K walk/run.

Photo courtesy of Tarina Bambrick

Formed in 1994, the Apple Tree Foundation provides funding support for special projects and programs aimed at enhancing the lives of the clients residing at the Kings Regional Rehabilitation Centre in Waterville, which supports some 200 adults and youths with mental health challenges, developmental and physical disabilities.
Funds raised this year will go toward the purchase of a new stationary exercise bicycle for the in-centre fitness room, which is used by up to 60 clients each week, according to Bambrick.
“They follow an exercise routine, which is monitored by staff in our lifestyles program,” she said. “Purchase of the new bike was proposed by our occupational therapy team, which does a lot of work supporting clients with mobility issues.”
With running and walking events gaining in popularity, the foundation decided to host its first 5K run/walk in 2014. It will remain as a run/walk option again this year, while the 10K route is aimed at runners only. Timing will be done for both by event sponsor The Running Room.
Both routes start and end in front of the centre, with the 5K heading down local side streets before looping back. The 10K heads in a different direction, with some elevation but no major hills, before linking up with the 5K route for the last two kilometres.
The goal for the event remains the same as when it started.
“Our goal continues to be twofold: to raise both funds for the clients and awareness about our organization,” said Bambrick.
For more information on the Apple Tree Foundation 5K and 10K, visit here .