KidSport Classic not just for kids

This year’s KidSport Classic half marathon, relay and 10-kilometre walk and run in Williams Lake is scheduled for Sunday, June 24.

This year’s KidSport Classic half marathon, relay and 10-kilometre walk and run is scheduled for Sunday, June 24.

But don’t let the name fool you — the event is not just for kids. Everyone is invited to take part and raise money for the Williams Lake and Area KidSport chapter.

KidSport provides funds to cover the costs of sport registration for kids who might not otherwise get the chance to play sports.

The benefits to the child are immeasurable.

The route this year is the same as last year — it starts and finishes in Boitanio Park. CN Rail has graciously allowed the City of Williams Lake a permit to use the service road along the lane between the RC Cotton Lands and Dutch Point Road for the event. No training along the tracks before the race will be permitted.

The beautiful lake-hugging route will be similar to the original Dave Jacobs Classic route. Participants will turn off Highway 20 onto Bagshaw Road and follow the tracks to Dutch Point Road. They will turn onto South Lakeside Drive and then head onto the trails for a couple of kilometres. Distances for the race will be a half marathon, 10 kilometre walk or run and a 21-kilometre, two- to four-person relay. Refreshments, entertainment, awards and draw prizes will be part of this family-centred event.

“Don’t be fooled by the name — the KidSport Classic benefits a fantastic non-profit for kids, but this fun, healthy event is for everyone,” says councillor Laurie Walters, chair of the community services committee. “I hope to see everyone, from kids to their grandparents, take in the beautiful scenery as they run or walk.”

Designer medals will be awarded to the top three competitors in the half marathon and 10-kilometre event. There are race categories for multiple ages.

Draw prizes and grand draw prizes will be drawn at the event for anyone who enters. They include airfare for two to Vancouver from Pacific Coastal Airlines, a flight around Williams Lake with Rodger Patenaude, and other great prizes.

For more information or to register or volunteer contact the Cariboo Memorial Complex at 250-398-7665. Maps, race information and entry forms are available at the complex or at www.activewilliamslake.com.