Raising funds on the run

Justin Crann
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Proceeds of Fun Run benefit Special Olympics

The weather couldn't have been better for the Double Shift Fun Run on Saturday morning.

“It’s a beautiful day. We lucked out,” said Crystal Zakaluzny, a spokesperson for Double Shift Conditioning, which organizes the event. “It should be really good that way.”

The Fun Run is an annual fundraising event in its third year that offers individuals and families the chance to participate in a three- or six-kilometre walk or run along the trail in Spring Creek Park.

“It’s family-oriented and a no pressure kind of race,” explained Zakaluzny.

“It’s just about having fun and supporting charity.”

This year, more than 120 participants — including “a bunch of two-year-olds (and) some three-year-olds who are out with parents” — signed up for the run, which will benefit the 61 Moose Jaw Special Olympics athletes and 30 volunteers.

Though the exact total is unknown, at $30 per registration, at least $3,600 was raised for the Special Olympics.

Zakaluzny said the group was chosen because Double Shift was “looking for a group who wanted to keep active” and met the Special Olympics organizers through a prior event at YaraCentre.

When the gym learned that the organizers were looking for opportunities to raise some money, the beneficiary of the Fun Run was decided.

“Volunteers are hard to find ... and (we) found out they were looking for some fundraising opportunities,” she said. “We thought we would help them out.”

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Organizations: Special Olympics

Geographic location: Creek Park

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