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S.P.R.I.N.G. has sprung in Fredericton

5K event raises funds for special needs program

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
March 26, 2017

FREDERICTON – The inaugural Run for S.P.R.I.N.G. in Fredericton has been deemed a success by its organizers.
Held to raise funds and awareness for the UNB S.P.R.I.N.G. program, which connects University of New Brunswick with local children with special needs for a weekly gym/swim program, the 5K walk/run was held on campus on Saturday, March 25.
“We got very lucky with a beautiful day to run,” said Ryan Smith, vice-president of UNB S.P.R.I.N.G., the day after the event. “It was perfect timing in terms of snow melting, as I ran a similar route today and there were many puddles to avoid, but none yesterday.”

Top three male and female finishers at the inaugural Run for S.P.R.I.N.G. in Fredericton on March 25 were (from left) David Tree, Jonathan Murray, Michael Colford, Catherine Trembley, Jana Giles and Priya Bhutani.

Photo courtesy of UNB S.P.R.I.N.G.

The out-and-back course started behind the Lady Beaverbrook Arena and proceeded over the city’s picturesque walking bridge over the Saint John River before the turnaround just past Devon Lumber.
Many of the 48 participants set PBs, according to Smith, and the flat course seemed to be a hit with the participants, including Robert Boucher, who is relatively new to the sport.
“The event itself, though only in its first year, was very well organized,” he said. “As the organizers themselves mentioned, the local Running Room was a tremendous help. I was also thrilled to be able to support such a worthwhile cause while running my first 5K of the year.”
Smith did offer appreciation for the Running Room for helping organize the event, and also for donating gift cards for the winners. The UNB students’ union, Superstore and Northumberland Dairy also donated money/snacks/beverages for after the race.
Top three male finishers were David Tree, Michael Colford and Jonathan Murray, while top females were Priya Bhutani, Catherine Trembley and Jana Giles.
The goal of the event was to create some exposure for the program and raise some money for it, according to Smith, who said they would like to send some of their kids to rotary camp this summer.
As for the Run for S.P.R.I.N.G., it looks like it will return.
“We are now looking to make this an annual event and adding a 10K option next year,” he said.