There was sun for the run on Mother’s Day.
The first ever Mother’s Day benefit 5k run held in Nakusp attracted family members of all ages from around the Kootenays Sunday.
“Thank God the sun’s shining … this is our first one, and it’s a lot of work,” said Nakusp Mayor Karen Hamling as the runners rallied at the cenotaph.
Rosann Brunton said her twin daughters Amy and Paige were anxious to see their mom race.
“They just wanted to see their mum race. They wanted to see me win. I told them Mum would not win, but she will cross the finish line,” she said.
“This is a culmination of 10 weeks of training – this is our ‘Yes, we can do it,’” she said.
Margot Dorgelo of Nelson came to the event to run with her son, a Nakusp firefighter. She tore her MCL, but that didn’t stop her from walking the more relaxed fun walk while her son jogged by in the run.
“It’s for a good cause. And hopefully he’ll be back soon so he can carry me,” she said with a grin.
One bystander waited for his girlfriend with a bouquet of flowers.
“It’s Mother’s Day,” he said.
“It’s Mother’s Day and this is something to do as a family – it’s good for our son to get him out and see everyone walking,” said Alicia Gueret.
The event benefited the newly-formed Arrow Lakes Medical Aid Society, a charity that will raise funds to help families facing financial stress as they travel to receive medical care in larger city centers.
Founder Avery Palmer, 16, said the event was encouraging.
“It’s just bringing our community together – we have people from all over,” she said as she prepared to run.
Representing a sister run, the Kaslo Runners Club wore shirts promoting the upcoming Kaslo Suffer Fest 2011 set for October.
The group of Kaslo runners, male and female alike, donned acid green skirts over their running gear as a show of solidarity for their sister running organization.
“It’s all part of the fun, because it’s Mother’s Day,” said Shon Neufeld.
“We wanted to support the run – we just started a running club a year ago, and we wanted to form a relationship with our sister club,” said Kaslo coach Janis Lampimaki.