This year I’ll be moving off the sidelines at the Headingley Fire Department Run for Wishes on May 24, and joining about 500 others in the annual fundraising event.
I’m signing up for the three-kilometre walk, as I’m not sure if my creaky knees and wheezy lungs will allow me to run the five kilometres. After all, I want to raise money to support Headingley first responders, not have to use their services if I collapse somewhere along the run route.
Race organizer Glenn Reimer assured me I’ll be in good company, as students from Headingley’s Phoenix School and seven schools in Winnipeg’s Pembina Trails School Division also participate. So I’ll be trying to keep up with energetic elementary schoolers.
While I might make light of my walking speed, the event is sanctioned by Athletics Manitoba, so some serious runners do sign up.
This is the 14th annual run and Reimer has been involved in all of them. In 2000, he and other community members in Headingley were looking for a way to bring in a substantial amount of money through holding one event, and the Run for Wishes began.
"We thought a run would be a good fit," he said. "It’s grown every year since then."
Each year, the money raised is divided between a donation to the Children’s
Rehabilitation Foundation and donations made to other causes. Reimer said in the past year, $10,000 was given to the Children’s Rehabilitation Foundation, $3,000 to a young girl who needs life-saving medication not covered by insurance or Medicare, and $1,000 to a mother and her son who lost all their uninsured belongings in a house fire, among other smaller donations.
If you register before May 10, the fee is $23 and $25 after that date. Registration forms are available at Headingley Foods (8515 Roblin Blvd.), the RM of Headingley office (1-126 Bridge Rd.) the Headingley
Community Centre (5353 Portage Ave.) and under May events on the Running Room’s website, www.runningroom.com
I’ll be writing about my walk preparation with updates on Facebook.com/TheHeadlinerWPG and Twitter: @CanstarHeadline