Third annual Peacock Polar Bear Run set for Sunday

Lisa Goudy
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Over 100 participate in the first annual Peacock Collegiate Institute "polar bear" five-kilometre run/walk in Wakamow Valley on Dec. 11, 2011, with proceeds from the fundraiser going towards Terry Fox Foundation.

Organizers hope at least 102 people will run to help find a cure for cancer.

Peacock Collegiate’s third annual Polar Bear Run will take place on Sunday at noon at the oval in Wakamow Valley with proceeds going to the Terry Fox Foundation. The five-kilometer run or walk will be followed by hotdogs and hot chocolate.

“It’s just kind of a really fun hour, hour and a half of your life on Sunday and really, it’s a great way to make a difference and show you care,” said co-organizer Renee Verge. “Anyone who’d like to come out is more than welcome.”

Last year the event had 101 participants and raised $3,500. This year’s goal is to have more participants and to raise $5,000.

“It’s not a competitive run at all. We try to map out a … course to the best of our ability according to the snow. Last year it was very snowy and very icy. The year before there wasn’t a drop of snow and it felt like you were running on an October day,” said Verge.

“People can walk it. They can run it. They can do whatever they want. The main goal is to get people out and obviously raise some money for the Terry Fox Foundation and ideally, find a cure for cancer.”

She said the event is heavily promoted in the school in all of the classes and to all of the sports teams.

“(We) encourage the students to try and bring somebody with them — a parent, a family member, whatever — and then it started to now wander out into the community,” said Verge. “We’ve had lots of fundraisers going on within the school. We’ve sold hot chocolate at volleyball games. We sold cinnamon buns today. We’ve had concessions at volleyball games.

“So we’ve kind of had a lot of things throughout the school in the last couple months and all proceeds go to the Terry Fox Foundation.”

This year, anyone who raises at least $30 will receive a pair of Peacock-themed polar bear run socks. Last year, they gave away Peacock-colour polar bear tuques and in the inaugural year, the give-away was a polar bear run shirt.

“(For) some kids that’s important to them to try to accumulate all the swag that goes with it,” said Verge.

There is a Terry Fox run every year in September, but Verge said the school staff felt that, at the high school level, they weren’t doing a great job of it. Thus, the tradition of the polar bear run in December was born.

The registration cost of participating in the run is a donation. Pledge forms are available at Peacock Collegiate and can be returned the day of the run or at the school on Thursday or Friday.

For more information, contact the school at 306-693-4626.

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