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Run for Renee at Rockwood Park for September

Monthly race combines with kidney foundation walk

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Sept. 14, 2017

SAINT JOHN, N.B. – The course will be different, but the cause will be more apparent than ever.
September’s Run for Renee 5K will move to Saint John’s Rockwood Park on Sunday, Sept. 17, to combine as a special event with the kidney foundation’s annual Kidney Walk fundraiser.
“When we found out their walk was going to be on the same day as our run, we decided to collaborate and just have it as one,” said Dean Strowbridge, who started the Run for Renee series last year as a fundraiser for the kidney foundation, in memory of his mother.
Renee Strowbridge, who passed away in 2011, has been named honourary chairperson of this year’s Kidney Walk in Saint John.

The Emerson family of Mitch (centre), Alex (left) and Tracey were among the participants in last year’s September Run for Renee 5K. This year’s event will see a change of scenery as it takes place at Rockwood Park in Saint John, N.B. on Sunday, Sept. 17.

Photo courtesy of Run for Renee 5K on Facebook

The event will include some special presentations following the run and the walk, including a cheque from Strowbridge to the foundation, and a plaque to be kept at the foundation’s head office keeping track of how the Run for Renee has raised each year.
The race starts at 12:55 p.m., followed by the walk at 1 p.m. Both start and finish at the park’s A Frame Picnic Site at Fishers Lake.
“It’s going to be a tough course,” said Strowbridge. “But, like the tough course at Marathon by the Sea, it’s the satisfaction in knowing you did it and conquered it. I welcome the challenge and would love for anybody to come try and see what they can do on it.
“Then when we’re back on the old course, maybe they won’t feel so bad about those little roly-poly hills at the end of the race,” he said, with a laugh.
It will also be an important race for the Run for Renee points series, which will only have one more race after this one before wrapping for the year.
Strowbridge said he is looking forward to the presentations, which mean a lot to him and the committee, and also the change of scenery.
“When you’re doing a race seven times a year, it can become monotonous, so we’re looking forward to it,” he said.
For more on the September Run for Renee 5K, visit here .