Over the past four years the JLB Memorial Kettle River Run has raised over $40,000 for the BC Cancer Foundation of the Southern Interior and run organizer Stephanie Boltz is hoping to raise another $10,000 or more this year.
“People can walk or run,” Boltz said. “Five kilometres can be a pleasant walk.”
The fifth annual JLB Memorial Kettle River Run will take place on Saturday, July 19 at 8 a.m. at Riverfront Park in Midway. There are three distances to choose from: 5 km, 10 km or 21 km.
Registration fees go to the Midway Public Library, where Stephanie Boltz was the director for many years. All donations and pledges go to the BC Cancer Foundation of the Southern Interior.
“Your support helps provide local assistance to patients who struggle financially as they go through their treatment,” Boltz said.
There were over 120 participants last year; according to Boltz the run has always had over 100 entries.
Register online at midwaylibrary.bc.ca—just click on the “Make a donation” link.
The registration form can also be printed from the website, or pick one up at the Midway library.
“We encourage folks to bring their whole family out to participate, in the spirit of Kettle River Day in Midway held on the same day.”
For the Boltz family the run is very much a family event each year. The race was named in honour of John Boltz who lost his battle with cancer in 2009. In the four years that the run has been held, every one of John and Stephanie’s children have returned to Midway for the day. This year their daughter Christine is coming all the way home from Cairo.
All the runners will use the River Walk Trail and, again this year, the 21-km run is using the mountain trails of the Midway Hiking and Biking Trails Network.
“I’d like to invite local people to come out and support the run by registering or being a volunteer,” said Stephanie. “It is not an event only for Midway residents—it is an event to raise money for emergency funds for people in this valley. The funds help cover medicine, food, gas, treatment and other costs of those fighting cancer across the Boundary.
“It is important that people come out and support it, because one out of three will be affected by cancer in one way or another.”
If you would like to register or volunteer, more information is available at the Midway library or online at midwaylibrary.bc.ca.