Society celebrates successes at Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon & 5k
After months of fundraising, road training and mental preparation, our Charity Challenge team exceeded all expectations at the Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon & 5k on Sunday, June 24.
In a suspenseful finish to a friendly competition between Alzheimer Society of B.C. staffers running in the half-marathon, Bark Kong, our Director of Finance & Administration, saw his intense pre-race training pay off. He hit his sub-two hour time goal – an accomplishment he hadn’t achieved in more than 10 years. Fearless team captain, Allison Baker, Development Coordinator for the Society, and endurance cyclist turned charity runner Emily Pridham, Manager of Resources for Vancouver Island, also finished strong – each meeting the enthusiasm of our cheer squad with infectious smiles after a breezy 21.1-kilometre run in the sun. Laura Feldman, First Link® Support & Education Coordinator also ran the half-marathon in the Charity Challenge, while the Society’s Director of Resource Development, Cathryn France, showed her support and ran the beautiful 5k route along the seawall.
Long-time Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon & 5k devotee Delia Visscher raised $3,478, bringing her cumulative total for the event to more than $25,000 – more than $28,000 including additional fundraising efforts. Just as impressive as Delia’s fundraising is her power on the road. She ran the 5k and claimed the third spot in her 80 and above age category.
The Khunguray family once again came together and joined our Charity Challenge team, as they have for several years, alongside Dan Levitt, a member of the Society’s Board of Directors. Dan ran a personal best of one hour and 29 minutes. It was a successful morning on so many levels.
Our sincere gratitude goes out to everyone who came out and made the event such a special one. As of race week, our team raised a total of $12,943 to help support the estimated 70,000 people living with dementia in B.C. through the Charity Challenge. Donations are open until July 23 and can be made at: http://canadarunningseries.com/svhm_charities/alzheimer-society-bc/.
Thank you to all of our supporters and friends in the Charity Village. We’ll see you at the finish line in 2019!