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More than 5,000 cross Confederation Bridge for IWK

Run for families raises nearly $200,000

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
June 19, 2017

BORDEN-CARLETON, P.E.I. – For 20 years Confederation Bridge has provided a fixed link between Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. Over the weekend, it provided much more.
The IWK Run for Families took place on Sunday, June 18 as part of BridgeFest 150 celebrations, with more than 5,000 people taking part. More than $195,000 for the IWK Foundation was raised, and more donations continue to come in.
Photos courtesy of IWK Foundation
The IWK Run for Families saw almost $200,000 raised for the IWK Foundation on Sunday, June 18, when more than 5,000 people turned out to cross Confederation Bridge.
“Today’s event has been a true demonstration of the dedication that Maritimers and Canadian have toward supporting their personal fitness and the IWK,” said Jennifer Gillivan, president and CEO of the IWK Foundation. “The IWK Run for Families attracted participants from every province in Canada, from 15 states in the U.S.A., and from Germany and Australia.”
Runners had the choice of taking part in either half marathon, 10K or 5K distances, and walkers also had an opportunity to walk Canada’s largest bridge.
In the half marathon, it was Steve Cyr finishing in first place with a time of 1:19:58, followed by Jeremy Thompson at 1:22:48, and Colin Miller at 1:22:58.
It was Thompson’s first half marathon.
“I thought it was a really unique event, and I really enjoyed running over the bridge,” said, who was aiming for a time of 1:23:00. “For me, personally, it went almost exactly according to how I’d hoped.”
As for difficulty, he said running on the bridge was not too bad.
“The start was a gradual uphill and then there was another steeper climb, but I had three guys around me to keep my pace up, luckily,” said Thompson.
Top females were Jody Bower-Taylor at 1:35:51 and Jocelyn Peterson at 1:37:20.
In the 10K, Samuel Peterson was first across the line at 37:27, followed by Doug Carr at 40:30, and Duncan Sturz at 40:49. Top females were Samantha Sweet at 45:41, Sophie Peterson at 48:09, and Rose Brown at 48:18.
The 5K results saw Florence Lavoie-Deraspe finish first overall at 19:10, followed by top male Joe MacEachern at 20:54, and Milton King at 21:17. Third male was Logan MacIntyre at 21:49, while second female was Louise-Marie Roux at 22:21 and third was Kellie Willie at 22:42.
For complete official results by Atlantic Chip, visit here .
From June 16-18, BridgeFest 150 celebrated Canada’s 150th birthday and the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Confederation Bridge. The day’s events included a concert, the cutting of Canada’s largest birthday cake and numerous activities for the whole family. All festivities were hosted by Strait Crossing Bridge Limited.
Participants can continue to raise funds until the deadline of June 28 at 11:59 p.m. Top fundraisers will be announced on June 29 at 9 a.m.