The March, 2012 issue of Runner`s World Magazine had an article about the Chicoine family from Wakefield, Quebec, where they referred to them as `A Clan with a Plan`. That was after the family of 8 ran across Canada and the US from May to November, 2011 for a total of 15,000 kms. They called their adventure the Marathon of Health and they gave presentations along the way to various schools in order to raise awareness about health enhancement and wellness.
Dayna Chicoine, the third oldest of the clan, along with the rest of the family, started this annual running event in the village where they live. The first run was in April of 2011, where over 300 runners participated and in the 2nd year, May of 2012, there were 640 runners who took part in the event. They call it the Wakefield Covered Bridge run and the money raised goes towards improving recreational facilities for the youth in their community. To date this run has raised $24,000 that is in a fund to build the 2013 sports pad and skateboard park the the new Wakefield Community Centre. Wakefield provided the perfect venue for a beautiful run along the Gatineau River, through the Gatineau park while getting to enjoy a little taste of the small village.
After running across two countries and seeing the need for people of all ages to be more active, Dayna has partnered with two of her friends who helped immensely in the previous years of the Wakefield Covered Bridge Run, Nathalie Poirier and Shelley Crabtree, to create a special event company. It`s called Aegle Events and their mission is to create challenging and safe sporting events and health conferences for people of all ages and empower them to take action for optimal health. Aegle Events is dedicated to raising funds for local and global charities with mandates that target the health and well-being of youth.
The 2013 Wakefield Covered Bridge Run on May 4th has a lot in store! The goal is 2000 participants throughout the weekend. NEW! is a fun 1km BACKWARDS run for everyone to participate in! The children's challenge will be a 3 km run this year with prize categories for the young ones! The 5 km run is staying the same and for the 10 km run the route will take you down the main road through the village of Wakefield for a few hundred meters instead of going through the Condos. Last but not least, the Quad Buster Trail Run is going to be an exact HALF MARATHON for 2013, get ready for the crazy hills and challenging/rewarding event of the year in the Gatineau Park!
On Sunday May 5th 2013 the Wakefield Covered Bridge Run is also adding a duathlon starting at Lac Philippe. Run 9 kms, Bike 30 kms through beautiful farm land with rolling hills and then finish off with running another 5.7 km loop to Taylor Lake.
Tell all your friends about this event, lets make it another amazing one!