2017 REMAX Colonial Pacific Great Pumpkin Run Walk raises $90,000+

Monday, October 30, 2017

The 11th rendition of the REMAX Colonial Pacific Great Pumpkin Run Walk took place on Sunday, October 22 with a tidal wave of support, raising $90,000+ for a new all abilities and all ages playground for Ruth Johnson Park next to Centennial Arena.

“A little rain doesn’t slow our community down, and the sun came out just as the event got underway” said Stephanie Beck, Peace Arch Hospital Foundation’s Executive Director. “The collective spirit of generosity was palpable as 1,000 people came together to help us fund a brand new outdoor green space designed to get people off their couches and be active and healthy.”

The participants, many in costume, ran or walked the 5K and 1K routes that started and ended at Bayview Park on Marine Drive in White Rock. New this year was the Peace Arch Toyota Haunted House complete with a ‘Hogwarts’ section for small children and the more scary ‘Elm Street’ for teens and adults. Back again were the popular pancake breakfast, Creative Kids Zone and lively fairgrounds packed with vendors handing out free samples of tricks and treats.

“Every year our events team tries to up the ante from the previous year,” Beck said. “The haunted house was truly spectacular and I tip my hat to the entire organizing committee for putting it together.”

Global TV Meteorologist and local resident, Mark Madryga was back as event emcee and local youth performers Cameron and Logan Groleau led the crowd with Canada’s national anthem.

This year’s top youth fundraiser was Natalie Catroppa and the top adult fundraiser was Fred Kikhosrowkiany. Top fundraising teams were White Rock Optometry which raised $12,644 and the Peace Arch Hospital Cardiac Rehab team, raising $4,865.

The top male runner on the 5K route was Matthew Harriman and the top 5K female runner was Patience Lister. The top male and female cardiac rehab patient participants were David Hercun and Janet Redford. Mees van Haeff was the first youth to complete the 5K race while Benjamin Lister was the first youth to cross the finish line on the 1K route.

The new playground, in partnership with the City of White Rock and the White Rock Firefighters Charity Association, expects to break ground in early 2018 and be complete by next summer. The White Rock Firefighters presented a $10,000 gift to the playground at the event.

Special thanks to sponsors REMAX Colonial Pacific, Creative Kids Learning Centers, BNSF Railway, Murphy Wall Beds, Spectrum Optometry, Peace Arch Toyota, Half Moon Dentistry for Children, Live Well Exercise Clinic, MNP LLP, DMCL Chartered Professional Accountants, Envision Financial Credit Union, Morgan Crossing Sports Medicine Clinic, Casey Whitworth – Realtor @ Remax Colonial Pacific, Media Sponsor Peace Arch News, and Community Partners – City of White Rock, Gemini Visuals Creative Photography, Hallmark Carpets, Peninsula Runners and Twin Lens Photography.