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Annual Apple Tree Foundation walk/run falls this weekend

The overall female winner in the Apple Tree Foundation 5-K in 2017 was Ila Gurney.
The overall female winner in the Apple Tree Foundation 5-K in 2017 was Ila Gurney. - Submitted

WATERVILLE – The Apple Tree Foundation 5-K run/walk is back for its fifth year in Waterville on April 29.

“Rain or shine we’ll be here and ready for the event,” says run committee chair Bernie Tracey. “Dedicated runners don’t mind it being a bit cool but we will welcome a sunny Sunday.”

Organizers will have complimentary hot chocolate available between 9 and 10 a.m. as participants arrive in preparation for the 10 a.m. start. There will also be snacks and beverages once folks cross the finish line, along with medallions and trophy presentations.

There are seven age categories for runners or walkers, beginning with youth 15 and under, up to 70-plus. The route is suitable for all ages and abilities. The event starts and finishes in front of the Kings Regional Rehabilitation Centre at 1349 County Home Rd.

Registration for the 5-K is $30 for adults and $15 for youth 15 and under. Children five and under are free. Online registration is open until April 26 at www.events.runningroom.com or register on site.

Dean Gurney joined the run committee earlier this year after his family participated in the 2017 event. His daughter Ila had the best overall female time at 25:56, but Dean says it’s not just about how quickly you complete the route, but the experience of getting out and doing an event together, enjoying some exercise, and supporting a good cause.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will go toward upgrading the sensory room at the Rehab Centre.  A sensory room is a comfortable space with special sounds and lighting, including items such as mirror balls and bubble tubes, that can provide a multi-sensory experience to help reduce agitation, increase awareness and empowerment.  

The centre supports more than 200 adults and youth with physical disabilities and mental health challenges. Individuals with anxiety and dementia, and those on the Autism Spectrum, often benefit from the self-smoothing experience of the room.

For information contact 902-538-3103 ext 172, check out the centre website at www.krrc.ns.ca or visit the Apple Tree Foundation Facebook page.

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