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Antigonish hosts Kids’ Run for Nature event

Rachel Reid (left), Sarah Wallace and Ben Brown sprint to the finish line during their portion of the World Wildlife Fund Canada’s Kids’ Run for Nature event, June 10, at Columbus Field.
Rachel Reid (left), Sarah Wallace and Ben Brown sprint to the finish line during their portion of the World Wildlife Fund Canada’s Kids’ Run for Nature event, June 10, at Columbus Field. - Richard MacKenzie

ANTIGONISH, N.S. - Antigonish recently became one of only two sites in the province to host a World Wildlife Fund Canada’s Kids’ Run for Nature event.

The run took place June 10, at Columbus Field. Dartmouth was the other location.

Organizer Reagan Gosbee said her goal of having the event reach not only Nova Scotia, but Atlantic Canada, for the first time, started last February.

“I applied and was accepted by the World Wildlife Fund back in February to join forces with other community leader representatives, across Canada, to bring Kids’ Run for Nature events to communities across the country.

“As a passionate local volunteer, my hope in bringing this event to Antigonish was to spark conversations surrounding conservation efforts, environmental projects and wildlife, in Atlantic Canada.”

Gosbee talked about the importance of reaching a youth audience.

“I feel it is important to get kids involved and engaged in their communities at early ages, and focusing on the environment and wildlife, in particular, is relatable to people of all ages,” she said.  

“I was very inspired by the history this event; it was created in 2015 by two children, aged 10, who were determined to protect Canada’s nature and wildlife.”

The event offers a series of ‘fun’ runs distancing one, three, and five kilometers. All participants received a T-shirt, race bib, participation ribbon, and certificate for there “admirable” contribution to the organization.

“It proved to be a fun and successful fundraising event that will, hopefully, grow and become an annual community event,” Gosbee said.

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