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Cold weather takes toll on
Apple Tree Foundation run

Committee to consider dropping 10K distance from event

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
April 23, 2017

WATERVILLE, N.S. – Race organizers can control a lot of things, but the weather is not one of them.
A cold morning in the Annapolis Valley greeted participants in the Apple Tree Foundation’s annual 5K and 10K run today, taking a toll on the fundraising event’s participation numbers, according to foundation managing director Tarina Bambrick.
“It was a chilly start to the day, for sure,” she said. “There were a few little glitches behind the scenes, but I think everyone enjoyed the event.”

Ila Gurney, fastest female finisher in the 5K at the annual Apple Tree Foundation run, receives her trophy from Kings Regional Rehabilitation Centre CEO Joe Haverstock.

Photo courtesy of the Apple Tree Foundation

Stacy-Ann Reid was among the 5K runners taking part, and she said the race seemed to go well.
“This is my third time running and it always goes smoothly,” she said. “I enjoy seeing some of the clients from the rehab out assisting with the race and cheering on the runners. It’s for a good cause, so it feels great to see them enjoying the runners’ company.”
Top finisher in the 5K was Ian Blenkhorn at 20:54, followed by top female finisher Ila Gurney only two seconds behind at 20:56. First across the line in the 10K was Megan Austen at 45:54, while Wyatt Tracey was the top male at 60:21.
A total of 54 participants turned out for the event, but only nine took part in the 10K portion, so Bambrick said the organizing committee will have a debrief and discuss whether or not to keep that option for next year. It was the first time offering it along with the 5K.
“While we were hoping for 80 to 100, I think the weather played a big part in folks deciding to stay warm at home,” she said. “So our numbers are similar to last year.”
The Apple Tree Foundation provides support for special projects and programs aimed at enhancing the lives of the clients residing at the Kings Regional Rehabilitation Centre in Waterville, some 200 adults and youths with mental health challenges, developmental and physical disabilities.