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Annual fundraiser for KidSport set for Saturday

Pincher Creek’s annual Moon Shadow Run returns this Saturday, Sept. 23.

Volunteer director Alecia Williams calls the race, started by John Verhagen, an annual family fun event.

“We have three different distances again this year — 2.5 kilometres, 5 and 10K. We usually have the most people in the 2½, kids with their parents or people who would rather walk … so we offer something for everyone,” Alecia says.

“All three courses will wind their way close to the creek,” she adds.

“For the 2½ and 5K, you actually head east towards Highway 6.”

The 2.5-kilometre portion will go to the highway and back behind the pool, where the starting line is.

The 5K route will begin east, then back west to the gazebo and return to the starting line.

“The 10K goes west toward the Community Hall and does a loop in that direction, and there will be water stations along the route,” Alecia says.

Entry fee is $25 and, like in years past, all monies raised will go to the KidSportCanada program but will be used locally.


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The idea is to provide financial support for families whose children might not otherwise be able to take part in sports.

Funding of up to $300 per year, per child, is offered to local families.

The business community also does its part to keep the event going, Alecia says, with sponsors helping to cover the costs. Their names are put on the back of race T-shirts as a way to recognize their support.

This year’s event will begin at 6:30 p.m., but you can register beginning at 4. All indications are that the weather will co-operate, with a forecast of sun and cloud and temperatures reaching 20 C.

With it likely to cool off quickly, layering is recommended.

“After the run, we’ll have snacks and an environment to hang out after, to cheer on the remaining runners to the finish line. So, having a few extra layers is really a good thing,” Alecia says.

One final ask: With narrow spots along parts of the trail and the chance of runners and walkers going in opposite directions, event organizers are urging that child strollers (buggies) and participants of the four-legged variety be left at home.

Should be lots of fun. Hope to see you there!

Three women, Faith Zachar with grey hair, glasses and purple sweater, Alecia Williams with long blonde hair, turquoise ball cap and blue winter coat, and Rhonda Oczkowsi with shoulder-length dark brown hair and two-tone brown shirt, hold a giant cheque

Donation helps Pincher Creek kids do sports

Representatives of the Moon Shadow Run committee presented a cheque for $1,400 to Pincher Creek’s KidSport chapter this winter.

KidSport is a charity that helps Canadian youths and their families overcome financial hurdles to becoming more active.

“I believe it’s vital to the town because we want to keep children involved in sports and recreational activities,” says Faith Zachar, a member of committees for both KidSport and the Moon Shadow Run.

“It’s important that we raise some money so that KidSport can assist kids with getting into a sport, whether it’s baseball, basketball, soccer or whatever.”


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Funds were raised in September 2022 during the annual Moon Shadow Run, which has been a town tradition since 2015.

“Getting people out on our town path as a whole family, and knowing it’s supporting a great cause, is very rewarding,” says Alecia Williams, who chairs the Moon Shadow Run committee. “It’s so much fun.”

The event is a fun family run for all ages, featuring 2.5-kilometre, five-kilometre and 10-kilometre routes on gentle rolling shale trails along the creek.

Both Faith and Alecia were adamant about how important it is to them to not only help kids get active through KidSport, but to see them participate in the run as well.


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“Running for me is a great, easy way to take care of my mental and physical health, so it’s important to me that kids are active in that way and reaping those benefits,” says Alecia.

The Moon Shadow Run will return to Pincher Creek in September, so if you are interested in participating, make sure to keep an eye out for details.


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