Fun Challenge: A Good Time for a Good Cause

By Patrick Raftis in Community, Health & Fitness, Places, Events, & History

More fun-seekers than ever before took up the Wellington North Fun Challenge on August 14.
A total of 74 participants, roughly double the previous high, took part in the sixth annual mini-triathlon, which is designed to generate community spirit, while raising funds for the Mount Forest and District Sports Complex.
“It’s a fun challenge and I think people like to take part in it,” says Wellington North Recreation Coordinator Linda Spahr of the event’s increasing popularity. “The emphasis on this event is having fun,” she adds.
Wellington North Councillor Dan Yake says the opportunity to raise funds for a local project is also a big part of the event’s appeal.
“All the money raised today is going to community betterment and that’s a great thing,” he stated during the opening ceremonies.
Participants swim 20 lengths of Lion Roy Grant Community Pool and bicycle 20 kilometres before finishing with a five kilometer run.
The recreational nature of the event allows participants to choose whether to push themselves to strive for personal bests, or pursue the events at a more comfortable pace. Some participants opt to form relay teams, to split up the swimming, running and cycling.
Lianne Archambault-Morissette, who traveled from Kingston, finished with the top time among female competitors, while Derek Grant had the top male time. The top relay team consisted of John Bowden, Robyn Barnes and Ann Marie Barnes.
Approximately $4,700 was raised for the Mount Forest & District Sports Complex.
As well as enjoying their events, participants, sponsors and volunteers were invited back to Murphy’s Park for a barbecue and a visit.
The Fun Challenge is organized by a committee consisting of: Mike Burke, Harold Wollis, Dave Moran and Clover Dukes with Spahr and Tammy Pringle from the Wellington North Recreation Department, along with the aid of numerous volunteers.