Thirteen wasn’t an unlucky number for organizers of the annual Headlingley Fire Department Run/Walk for Wishes as over 400 participants came out on May 25.
The cool, misty morning didn’t deter anyone as runners and walkers of all ages set off along the five-kilometre running and three-kilometre walking routes.
"We’ve had snow before," organizer Joanne Reimer said. She added that the threat of lightning delayed an previous year’s race by an hour until a meteorologist who was taking part gave the all clear.
This year, about $12,000 was raised for the Children’s Rehabilitation Foundation, with some extra money held for other donations.
Reimer was very happy with the increase in participants, noting that the number has grown over the years. This year, students from Phoenix School and others in the St. James-Assiniboia and Pembina Trails school divisions were running and walking.
Headingley Fire Department members planned the annual event as a way of contributing to the community.
"It gets the community together," Reimer said.
The race was sanctioned by Athletics Manitoba so the runners wore electronic timing chips.