Labour Day

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Monday, September 3rd was Labour Day and a public holiday. However, for me, there was no holiday and lots of labour. It started at 8.00am when Sue and I headed over to Nose Hill Park in the North West of Calgary. Jason Webb from Downunder travel had organised a "Back to School" fun run in aid of Right To Play. There was a 5km and 10km race and one of the big attractions was that Jason was putting up a trip for two to the Cook Islands as a prize. All registrants had their name put in the draw and for every $50 they fund raised they had another chance to win.

I had originally planned to run the 10km but I switched to the 5km as I had to get back to Cochrane by 10.30am to participate in the Labour Day Parade. We arrived at the parking lot at Nose Hill and made our way to the registration tent where I met Jason. Jason has been a huge supporter of Right To Play ever since I met him at Netball Quest 61 back in September 2011. In April, he was a sponsor for Lacrosse Quest 24 and in a weeks time six of us are heading to Rarotonga in the Cook Islands. This will be the location of my fourth Quest and I will attempt to run around the island three times and complete 100kms.

Back to the start line at Nose Hill and it's 9.00am. The gun goes off and the 10 km group head off. Fifteen minutes later I'm lined up with the 5 km runners and we're off. It is definitely an "undulating" course. Some even called it "rolling". I thought it was a blast.

I came in at a very solid 27mins 51secs. Not bad for an old fella. After a quick drink of water we said goodbye to everyone and headed back to Cochrane.

The reason I was so keen to get back was the fact that Cochrane Toyota had a chuck wagon in the parade and a group of ten kids were going to collect pennies for Right To Play. The "Ton of Pennies" initiative has been going since early June and to date 1,500lbs of pennies had been collected towards the goal of 2,000lbs. The previous week The Cochrane Eagle had included "paper bags" in their publication and asked the residents to fill them up and bring them out.

As we got moving, Dan Kroffat, announcer extraordinaire, encouraged people to hand over their pennies to the kids. Along the route the children brought back paper bags, plastic bags, and piggy banks full of pennies and other coins and notes. By the end of the parade the floor of the truck was full of coins.

It and been a long day and Sue and I returned home. I thought I'd check my emails and see if there was anything of interest. I noted I had one from Jason and I checked it out. It said "Sue won the trip.  Congratulations! Jason".

The trip is a year away so I'd better be on my best behaviour if I want to go.

Quote of the Day

"The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary"

Vince Lombardi

Hanging out with Jason from Downunder Travel and volunteers from Right To Play

Labour Day

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