Lakeland Runaway a Huge Success
The Lakeland College Rustlers Athletic Department hosted the Lakeland Runaway and Walk on the Wild Side May 12, 2012. The athletics department inherited the event this past year as it fit more into the departments mandate then the previous organizers area. The athletics department was motivated to elevate the level of the event and draw more participants to the Vermilion area.This year the department agreed to split the proceeds with a local charity, Kidsport.
Athletic Director, Alan Rogan, commented that the local charity is a good fit with the athletics department as the cheque for $1500.00 will go to assist families with costs associated with their children participating in sport activities in the Vermilion area.
"Who knows one of those kids may grow up and compete for the Lakeland College Rustlers someday," Rogan stated with a smile.
The run itself took place at the scenic Vermilion Provincial Park with entrants having the option of competing in the full marathon, half marathon, 10 km, 5 km, 10 km walk or 2 km kids run. 10 full marathon participants headed out at 7 am into the calm morning air to start the event off. The other races started at staggered times through out the morning with the last race to commence being the 2 km kids fun run with children as young as 3 years old participating.
Lyle Worobec, cross country running coach, was extremely happy with the turnout that saw an increase of almost 65 runners over last years total. He felt that the additional promotion and online registration were contributing factors to the increased numbers this year. Worobec was especially happy that the running team and Lakeland Collge were able to split the profits between the Lakeland College running program and a local charity.
The athletics department is hopeful that the success seen in the event this year is a sign of positive growth for the Runaway in years to come. The date for the 2013 race has been set for Saturday May 11 and Rogan commented that more and more people are taking up running so he is expecting the numbers to increase for next years race.