The Estevan Police Association (EPA) has stepped forward to host Estevan’s annual colour run.
This year’s event will happen on Sept. 22, starting at 1 p.m. at the free park of the Woodlawn Regional Park. The event will be held on the park’s trails.
The St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation brought the colour run to Estevan in 2015, and continued to host the event annually until last year. But when the foundation decided not to hold it in 2019, the police association stepped forward as host.
Sgt. Kevin Reed, who is the president of the police association, said the colour run will be similar to what was offered in the past. It will be a fun, non-competitive five-kilometre run-walk, and people will be doused with colour several different times on the course.
The route will be the same as in previous years.
“I knew it was a well-attended event within the community, and didn’t want to see it disappear,” said Reed.
This gives the community the opportunity to continue to participate in the colour run/walk.
A toonie barbecue will be served afterwards to raise money for community initiatives.
Some of the money will be allocated to the new Search and Rescue Saskatchewan Association of Volunteers (SARSAV) chapter in the southeast, and the EPA will decide what to do with the rest of the money once the run is finished.
Reed said the EPA wanted to support SARSAV because it is new and it will have a positive impact on the southeast.
“It will give them an opportunity to get some extra funding to get up and running here in the southeast, and it will benefit the whole southeast,” he said.
He is confident that the colour run will continue to receive the support it had when it was run by the hospital foundation, and Reed views it as a great opportunity for families to get out and exercise in a fun way.
“It’s a short enough that just about any level of runner or walker can partake. It’s nice to see those community events where everyone enjoys the day and gets some time with their family or friends.”
People can register for the event by visiting the Running Room website.