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Canada Day Super Run was super

Posted: July 5, 2017

 

Canada Day Super Run was super

 

Canada turned 150 last Saturday and in East St. Paul, the Canada Day Super Run celebrated a more modest milestone – it turned two.

Still, it’s significant in that Year 2 of the run attracted more runners than Year 1, which signals the run will be back again next year to mark its third birthday.

For organizer Dave Lipchen, it’s all super news.

"It went very well. We had 255 total on the day,” Lipchen said.

"The numbers are probably anywhere between 30 and 50 people more than last year, so it was a lot bigger than last year for the running portion.”

That’s good news for Ronald McDonald House too, the charity that receives proceeds from the run. Lipchen said a final amount that will go to the charity wasn’t known yet.

The race itself went off virtually without a hitch, which of course thrilled Lipchen.

He had been pushing online registration because going through the registration process on race day is time consuming and his push paid off. The vast majority of competitors, 248 in fact, preregistered, leaving only about seven to register race-day morning.

It’s a big improvement over last year where about 170 pre-registered and another 50 or 60 showed up that morning and had to register then.

"It makes things a lot easier not having that many people show to start the whole registration process at that point,” he said.

The event features 3K, 5K and 10K distances, as well as a family run and Lipchen said this year the 5K emerged as the distance of choice. Close to 100 people ran in the 5K, another 40 in the 10K and the rest in the 3K or the family.

Armed with that knowledge, he said he might shuffle some of the start times next year to avoid a logjam on the final stretch. He also might add a few more marshals along the route to ensure no one takes a wrong turn, but, he added no one got lost during this year’s run, a testament to how well the course is set up.

The pancake breakfast, hosted by the East St. Paul Chamber of Commerce, also went well.

He thanked all his sponsors – RM of East St. Paul, The North Face, Sobeys, Esso, East St. Paul Animal Hospital and Friesen Physiotherapy  – for their continued support. He was encouraged by the fact they were all eager to take part in the second run. He also thanked all the volunteers who came out to make the day a success. City Park Timers made sure everyone’s race times were recorded.

Lipchen said it’s important the run has a festival type feel to it and he’s always working towards improving that aspect of it. Stark Cross Fit warmed the runners up prior to the race and Compose Yoga was onsite offering a chance to stretch out as well.

"When people come they come for an experience, they’re not just coming for a run race, they’re coming for the experience of the event.”

Adding to the experience this year was Debbie Heckmann from the East St. Paul Community Hub, who at the last minute offered to bring backpack bags and movie-themed cups to give out to all the kids who ran in the race.

Lipchen was thrilled with her offer, and hopes the community support will continue to "snowball” for next year’s event.

For results of the run click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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