Not even all the celebrated fathers got their well deserved Sunday morning lie-in last weekend as the 29th Huron House Boys Home Run / Walk / Skate / Bike (Now with added “Adrenaline Trail”) kicked off around 8 am Sunday, June 21 in perfect conditions at Mike Weir Park in Brights Grove.
The variety of distances, transports modes (and now exertions levels too, with the Obstacle course based Adrenaline Trail) made this an appealing way for teams and families of all ages and abilities to take part, while helping raise funds for this well respected local institution.
“Participants loved The Adrenaline Trail!”—Don Adams
Emcee for the day Mike Burgess was the perfect voice of encouragement and information for all involved, helping guide about 480 participants through the various start times with clarity and humour from his lofty finish line perch.
While below over 150 committed volunteers cheerily beavered away to make the event run smoothly and safely. (Not forgetting providing some very nice post-run pancakes to the weary wanderers too)
Don Adam, Executive Director of Huron House Boys’ Home, was both happy and grateful about how things went.
The latest high energy addition to the event seems to have hit the spot: “Adrenaline Trail was such a COOL event!
The obstacles were fun, challenging and creative. Team Spirit, with the Lehder Environmental “Fun Squad”, was a big hit.
As expected the zorb ball was a blast, but it got hot, so we need to do it earlier in the course. We’d probably make the course longer too. We learned enough to know it would be perfect as a stand-alone event. Overwhelmingly they are ‘in’ for the next one. They too would like it to be an event of its own, preferably in the fall.
The traditional elements of the event are still much loved too though Adam says: “Run/Walk/Skate/Bike is of course a well established family favourite. It’s great to see generations getting together to make it a tradition. For one family of 14 it was the first of many. Adding Jr. Adrenaline Trail for children was a big hit too. I can see it growing and becoming an expected favourite feature for the pre-teen set. Run/Walk/Skate/Bike participants appreciate our overall efficiency, and the wonderful family atmosphere at our event. Winning the ‘weather lottery’ helps too!”
The event was expected to raise over $16,000 for the home which will be used for new computers for homework etc, and also to fund summer programs such as trips to Wonderland.
For more details go to http://hhbh.ca/events/run-walk-skate-bike/
Below are images from the day taken by Edward Allen
“Participants loved The Adrenaline Trail!” Don Adams