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New Tec Memorial 5K raises $16K and counting for Stevenson

May 3, 2019   ·   0 Comments

By Wendy Gabrek

The second annual New Tecumseth Memorial 5K took place on Sunday, April 28 from PPG Park in Alliston.

Hosted by a group of volunteers from This Run’s For You, a not-for-profit New Tecumseth-based organization, the event raised $16,300 and counting (at press time) with full proceeds after expenses to the Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation.

“We are proud to have donated over $58,000 to local charities and families in need since This Run’s For You was founded in 2014,” said Run Director Kara Harris. 

With 225 runners taking part, hailing from Simcoe County and beyond, the winner of the 2019 New Tec Memorial 5K was Brodie Gabrek, age 19, of Alliston, with a time of 18:43.0

Although it was not a competition, the winners are:

Top 3 Males

• Brodie Gabrek, age 19, 18:43.0

• Joshua Davidson, age 17, 19:00.7

• Mitch Solnik, age 16, 20:09.0

Top 3 Females (excluding volunteers)

• Victoria Myddelton, age 29, 21:55.9

• Lauren Massie, age 37, 23:55.5

• Lyndsey West, age 34, 25:21.5

Runners and walkers alike were pleased to take part in the day, despite the cool temperatures, as a way of supporting local heath care initiatives – as well as their own health. But no one prouder of the days results than the volunteers.

“We donate our time as a way of giving back to our community. We all have specific personal stories that involve the Stevenson Memorial Hospital and what it means to us. There are seven on our team, and we are always open to having others join our committee,” said Harris, who cried when she announced the days totals.

Registration for the 2019 event was facilitated by the Running Room, Barrie – and Harris says they were pleased with the turnout, despite not offering a half marathon this year.

Two additional registration dates were set at Trillium Ford Lincoln Ltd. with runners/walkers collecting a loot bag filled with coupons from local businesses involved in the run,  giveaways such as pens, keychains, candles, chapstick and Beattie’s Potato Chips, as well as their chipped run bib and technical t-shirt.

“Half marathon costs are extremely high and logistics take an extreme amount of attention,” said Harris on the decision. “The registration numbers were much lower from 2018 as we started tracking for 2019. Our goal was to give as much back to the Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation and we just can’t force people to register for a challenging distance like a half marathon. The expenses were going to be higher than the revenue so we had to make the hard decision to cancel the half marathon for 2019 and just focus on the 5k distance. This distance makes it much easier for all participants to be involved as a 5k is a distance that is easier to run and walk. Our event is a community event and this helps to fit with the inclusion of the community as a whole.”


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