The weather decided to cooperate this past Sunday while 115 runners, walkers and mom's with babies in strollers made their way across Bowen Island for Aaron's Run. Aaron Sluggett was a 19-year-old Bowen boy who died in a car accident on June 14, 2009. Aaron had just finished his first year of studying sciences at Simon Fraser University, was working at Artisan Eats and was just launching himself into this adventure called life. There were two other boys in the car who survived, but who will never be the same. Aaron's Run is about remembering Aaron and supporting family and friends involved in the tragedy. It's also about supporting and mentoring our kids, and creating a better future. The event proceeds of $3215 go to Aaron Sluggett's Memorial Scholarship, an endowment fund held by our Bowen Island Community Foundation.
Congratulations to Bailey Jones, this year's scholarship recipient we wish you all good things for your future.
My heartfelt thanks to the following people and organizations:
Marshal Coordinator: Hilary Butler - I owe you darl'n and all the marshals!
Food Coordinator: Heather Hodson, and helpers Judi Gedye and Kate Koffee and Melina Keep
Registration Administration: Bowen Island Community Recreation
Start line and registration: Karen Redmond, Tim Hausch, Lynn Fuhr, Shauna Jennings, Nancy and Jim Cox, Lynn Hartle and Lisa Biddlecombe
Rabbit: Harry Ross
Sweep: Erin Little
Finish Line: Rob Forbes
Aaron's Field Water Station: John Reid we love your trails thank you.
Bus Drivers: Robin Butler and Pam Mitz
Police Marshals: Constable Chris Froates, Auxillary Constable Effron Esseiva
The Bowen Island Volunteer Fire Department: 2 km start line/water station
Photography: Dee Elliott
Bowfest Field/Metro Vancouver: Kevin Huskisson, Rod Harding
Generous Bowen Businesses
Village Baker: coffee!
Savoury Island Pie: can you guess? And yes, it was something to savour!
McTaggart Water: Bruce, you rock
Artisan Eats: brilliant muffins
Orchard Recovery Centre: cookies so good they were gone instantly
Phoenix: balloons uplifting!
Undercurrent: generous coverage
This event is not professionally timed, but thanks to Rob Forbes, we have some "unofficial" results for you.
10km Men's division
1st Jamie Frost 46 minutes
2ndDevon Frost 47 minutes
3rd Haden Shrift 49 minutes
10km Women's division
Meghan O'Connell 54 minutes
Shauna Jennings 55 minutes
Cole Jennings (11 year old) 23 minutes!!!
Blake Voyer 24 minutes
Anthony Ferri 25 min
Sorry, 5km Women's results unavailable
2km Ursula Freed 17 minutes
Charmaine and Franny Heffelfinger 19 minutes
Mary Letson, Aaron's Run event director