Strachan Hartley Legacy Run Organizers Prepare to Raise Thousands for Take a Hike and Streetfront Alternative Programs

The 2014 Strachan Hartley Legacy Run 5k/10k is coming up quickly and organizers are hoping to get the word out to Vancouver schools that now's the time to get signed up.

The run is organized by the Strachan Hartley Legacy Foundation, an organization devoted to the memory of doctor and athlete Strachan Hartley. Hartley had a powerful impact on inter-collegial sports by captaining the UBC Thunderbirds football team to a 1997 Vanier Cup championship and subsequently competing on the McGill Redmen football team to win significant accolades for his athletic prowess and leadership skills. Later, he successfully completed medical school while battling cancer. Hartley passed away in 2007 at the age of 30.

This year will be the eighth annual run which organizers hope will raise close to $28,000 (last year's total) to support the outdoor extracurricular trips for the Streetfront Alternative program at Britannia Secondary and the Take a Hike program at John Oliver Secondary. Jayme Smithers, one of the run's organizers, says that the spirit of empowering youth to succeed through outdoor education and physical fitness aligns perfectly with his Foundation's belief in increasing the opportunities for vulnerable youth to participate in sporting events and develop skills and access to education through sport.

He expects this year's run to be a blast, building on the momentum of past years' events.

"There's something for everyone," he says. "This run attracts all sorts of different styles of running - both those interested in a competitive racing and those who want to take their strollers and kids for a fun walk."

Prior to the run, participants can take advantage of stretching and massage tables and younger students can jump into the second annual Kids Race. At the end of the run, participants will enjoy some terrific food-cart pizzas as well as have a chance to kick a ball around with the Canadian national soccer team. Football fans can expect a visit from UBC Thunderbirds Varsity team players and Smithers also says there should be some great prizes from the Whitecaps FC, local hotels and other businesses who have chipped in to take the giveaways to another level.

He says this local business support has always been critical to helping raise money for the two deserving VSB programs. This year is no different.

"A big thanks need to go to our sponsors including Sales Talent Agency, RenoKing, Lawson Lundell and DuMoulin Black LLP," he says. "Their generosity is amazing. I also think the run is great for all sorts of school and corporate communities to build morale and connect towards a great common goal."

The run will kick off on Sunday, October 19 at 9:15 at Handsworth Secondary School (located at Edgewood Road in North Vancouver. Click here for details or to sign up. Click here to download a poster of the run for your school community.

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