Photo Top: Lansdowne School wins the Community Challenge Award
Photo bottom: Nearly 400 enthusiastic participants strolled, walked and ran in support of SKIP’s 2nd Annual Brantford BURST Colour Fun Run!
You may have thought your mind was playing tricks on you the morning of Sunday, September 9th at Earl Haig Pool parking lot and along the trail down into Eagle Place neighbourhood. It must have been hard to believe that you were seeing such colourful rainbows even though that morning was quite cool and the sky quite cloud-covered. However, you were absolutely correct with your observations!
The sky and air were filled with SKIP’s (Seniors and Kids Intergenerational Programs) Brantford BURST 5K+ Colour Fun Run! Participants and volunteers alike tossed various and vibrant shades of colour powder throughout the route in support of SKIP’s second annual run. Nearly 400 participants joined us in our mission to bridge the gap between young and old. Students and senior residents will once again connect with curriculum activities throughout the school year in surrounding retirement and long term facilities developing empathy and understanding for one another along the way!
Brantford’s Town Crier David McKee led off the event with an amazing introduction! SKIP Board Member Lukas Newhouse emceed with endless enthusiasm as he introduced special guests and announced the various prize winners (Community Challenge winner Lansdowne School!) and congratulated the elated, colour-plastered finishing runners! Doug The Great amazed all with his stilted talents, Freeway The Clown (Brent Goodnough) created wonderful noodle balloon figures, and Ice Cream Express provided tasteful treats after the run. The crowd received a warm welcome from Director of SKIP Liz Martorano, uplifting thoughts and prayer from Arise Radio Station’s Mini Moore, a hyped warmup from YMCA/Laurier’s Josie Gratton and Co., and professional singing from Katie Sweezey as she led “Oh Canada” before the sounding of the starting horn!
Thanks again to all of the participants, volunteers, and organizations that took part – families, schools, retirement facilities, the City of Brantford, St. John’s Ambulance, Earl Haig Pool, Digital Duck Inc., Brantford Civic Centre, Whatcha Wanna Wear, Brantford Fire Department and more… and to all of our many generous sponsors! We couldn’t have had another successful Brantford Burst Colour run without all of your support! Spread the word and see you all again next year!