At this year’s “Active Life 2K Kids’ Challenge”—the first of what will be an annual race for Collingwood-area children—local kids of all ages put on their running shoes and tackled a fast-paced physical challenge.

Fun Run 2With the goal of promoting a lifetime of fitness, the event was truly fun for the whole family as 125 young runners came out to the infield at Fisher Field. The kids’ race took place after the adult Half Marathon and 10K had finished, allowing parents to run their own race first, and then go watch their children compete.

Not only was the day full of fun, it also raised funds for the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital Foundation.

By taking part, the young runners raised $1000 for the New Age of Care Campaign, the most ambitious fundraising campaign the hospital has ever undertaken. In the words of the Hospital Foundation, “Thanks, kids, for helping us break the $9 million mark!” When the hospital reaches its goal of $10 million, it will be able to purchase state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment to better respond to the emergencies that happen daily in South Georgian Bay.

By taking part, the young runners raised $1000 for the New Age of Care Campaign, the most ambitious fundraising campaign the hospital has ever undertaken.

Noble Insurance was glad to do its part for the cause, helping to sponsor the inaugural race by covering the Special Event Insurance.

Noble Insurance broker Tava Gray looked on with pride as her two sons, ten-year-old Tomas and eight-year-old Dante, took part in the event. “It is important to me as a mom, wanting to support a healthy lifestyle for the next generation.”

It was clear to everyone there that the participants found the event both “challenging and fun,” Tava said. “There are some amazing runners in the community, but most important was that all the kids were able to participate and earn a sense of accomplishment.”

The event is an important one to the community, she believes, because it “brings awareness of health and fitness to kids so that they can make fitness and activity part of their future lifestyle.”

She commends the owners of Active Life Conditioning in Collingwood, Graeme Buckrell and Sarah Applegarth, for the amazing job they did in hosting the event, and is eagerly looking forward to next year’s race along with her sons.