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October 19, 2016
Avonmore Firefighter Run 2016
Kalynn Sawyer Helmer
AVONMORE – Approximately 180 runners were enjoying the cool but sunny day on Sat., Oct. 15, in Avonmore for the second annual Avonmore Firefighter Run. The number of runners was doubled from last year’s 83 participants. A total of 10 different fire departments were represented in the race, some of whom were dressed in partial gear or uniform. Nineteen-year-old Malik Croney, however, was the only firefighter to run the five kilometer race dressed from head to toe in his fire gear.
This year’s race featured medals, gift bags and a free breakfast for all runners and walkers. Organizer Garnett Last seemed thrilled with the turnout and was enthusiastic about the benefits the run will have for the Avonmore Fire Department. All of the proceeds will go to the Avonmore Firefighters’ Association to provide extra training and equipment. Garnett estimated that three quarters of the firefighters from the Avonmore Department were volunteering during the race, manning the course and directing runners.
The first four runners through the finish line of the five-kilometrerace were Pierre Levac, Kevin Riddell, Kaela Coleman and Stephane Lavigne. Top four of the 10-kilometre were Eric Neilson, Harmony Koiter, Jennifer Suggars and Terry Lauzon.
With music and announcements provided by DJ Sound and free massages set up on the grounds from runners, the event proved to be doubly as successful as last year’s race.