A big round of applause to everyone who participated in this year’s Fletcher's Challenge. The numbers were staggering this year with 656 individuals participating in the Family Run/Walk and 218 runners in the trail race. The wet weather certainly did not dampen the enthusiasm.
The family walk/run was overflowing with runners and walkers of all ages who enjoyed 800 cookies on the backside of the lake. There was a nice surprise of stickers for the young ones just before the finish line.
The point-to-point trail race was once again a major hit with runners this year. The mystery bus ride to Colliery Dam was all part of the experience, as was the massive puddle where many smiling and shocked faces were captured by photographer Neil Gaudet.
Congratulations to Dan, Norm and Jeremy for an amazing course showcasing Nanaimo’s single track trails. We had racers from all over the island and Nanaimo represented on Friday. Congratulations all!!!
Race results can be found by clicking here.
The Frontrunners gang and Tami did an amazing job with the Easter Egg Hunt. Kids of all ages were grinning from ear to ear in anticipation of the big haul.
We would like to thank the Runners of Compassion members and others in the community who made in excess of 2,000 cookies for the event for everyone to enjoy. No food was wasted as all the leftover food was delivered to Loaves and Fishes and The Salvation Army.
This event doesn't happen overnight so to the over 75 volunteers who make it happen on race day, another big thanks. These individuals take time out of their long weekend to support Fletcher’s Challenge.
Since the first Fletcher's Challenge back in 2007, we are grateful for the generosity of many corporate sponsors who come back each year so kudos to them. Without them, our event wouldn’t be the success it is today. You can check out who they are on our site and while making your consumer decisions remember who they are and give them your support as well.
A special recognition needs to go out to Dan Brady, Normon Thibault, Cathy Webster, Jeremy Clegg, Charles Burrell, Jeannette Whiskin, Tami Beales and Jason Blanchette who have worked tirelessly to make this event such a success. This is really the dream team and I feel lucky to get to work with them.
The funds raised from this event, which will be approximately $15,000, will be donated back into the community through Runners of Compassion - Nanaimo Chapter and will assist underprivileged youth getting access to sports.
We are excited to be able to offer everyone who participated in Fletcher’s Challenge 2015 a 10% discount to “The Trails In Motion Film Festival” taking place right here in Nanaimo on Monday, April 20th, 2015. Click here for more details about the event and if you are purchasing tickets the discount code is FC2015. Our very own Jeremy Clegg will be the guest speaker at the event.
We encourage any feedback you as a participant have about the event. We want this to be a quality event we can build on each year so please email me your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please mark your calendar for Good Friday 2016 for the 9th Annual Fletcher’s Challenge!