The Peace Arch Hospital Foundation’s 11th Great Pumpkin Run/Walk was hit with what organizers called “a tidal wave of support” Sunday, as the annual fall event raised more than $90,000 for the all-abilities, all-ages park planned for White Rock’s Ruth Johnson Park.
Rain did little to dampen the spirits of the more than 1,000 participants – many of them wearing Halloween costumes, as is the event’s long-standing tradition. People completed either a five- or one-km route.
“A little rain doesn’t slow our community down, and the sun came out just as the event got underway,” said Peace Arch Hospital Foundation executive director Stephanie Beck in a news release. “The collective spirit of generosity was palpable as 1,000 people came together to help us fund a brand new outdoor green space designed to get people off their couches and be active and healthy.”
The top male runner on the five-km route was Matthew Harriman, while the fastest female runner was Patience Lister. The top male and female cardiac-rehab patient participants were David Hercun and Janet Redford, while Mees van Haeff was the first youth to complete the five-km race and Benjamin Lister was the first youth to cross the finish line on the one-km route.
This year’s top youth fundraiser was Natalie Catroppa, the release notes, while the top adult fundraiser was Fred Kikhosrowkiany. As a team, White Rock Optometry raised $12,644, while the team representing Peace Arch Hospital’s Cardiac Rehab raised $4,865.
The all-abilities park is expected to break ground in early 2018. More information can be found at www.pahfoundation.ca/park