WHITE ROCK — The 7th Annual National Bank Financial Great Pumpkin Run Walk on Sunday, Oct. 20 raised thousands for Peace Arch Hospital's emergency department.
Initial numbers show the event raising $75,000 (net), with donations still coming in to the Peace Arch Hospital and Community Health Foundation . Approximately 1,000 participants ran and walked the 5K and 1K race routes. The event was supported by 150 volunteers including a cross-section of hospital employees, members of the community and many local high school students.
Event emcee, Global TV Meteorologist Kristi Gordon, kept the crowd entertained despite the damp and foggy skies. In total, the event has raised more than $275,000 for priority medical equipment and site upgrades for Peace Arch Hospital.
This year’s top youth fundraiser was eight-year-old Sophia Catroppa and the top adult fundraiser was Fred Kikhosrowkiany from the Centre for Active Living. Top fundraising teams were White Rock Optometry, which raised a whopping $11,000 and the Magical Dreams Foundation.
The top male runner on the 5K route was Rob Durrant (who also won last year) at just over 19 minutes and the top 5K female runner was Cathy Giles who came is at 23:48. The top cardiac rehab patient participant was Steve Heim. Two youth took the top 1K route in a tie, Garrett Bioch and Sofia Yarmoshuk.
“This annual event is always a fun and active way to bring the community together with the common goal of supporting Peace Arch Hospital, a vital resource that is here for us when we need it,” said Jackie Smith, executive director of Peace Arch Hospital and Community Health Foundation. “We are so grateful to all those who took part including the sponsors, the local businesses that set up in our fairgrounds, and the participants who walked, ran and fundraised.”
If you would like to make a donation in support of this year’s National Bank Financial Great Pumpkin Run Walk, it's not too late. Call 604-535-4520 or visit pahfoundation.ca.
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