A torrential hail and rain storm didn’t stop smiles from beaming ear-to-ear Wednesday afternoon when Mountview and Cataline elementary hosted a three- and five-kilometre fun run.
Mountview organizer Liselle Pierce, who put on the event alongside Cataline teacher Rya Enns, parent and coach Karen Brink and Mountview principal Rick Miller, said the weather brought out the camaraderie between everyone.
More than 100 students arrived at the finish line at Mountview elementary drenched from the storm, however, no one seemed to mind.
“Rick, during his speech in the gym after, said this is a memorable run,” Pierce said. “He said you guys will never forget this.”
Instead of avoiding puddles on the race course, which stretched along Dog Creek Road, part of Bond Lake Road and the Gun-A-Noot Trail, students were seen splashing through them.
“There were so many kids telling stories after,” Pierce said. “So I really liked that even though the weather was unfortunate, it totally worked out in our favour and the kids had so much fun.”
Enns added the two schools decided to host the event due to a lack of organized runs in the city.
“The reason the two schools did this is because the KidSport Classic was cancelled this year and we wanted to continue a running tradition between these two schools,” Enns said.
Pierce noted the event wouldn’t have been possible without parent volunteer support and Williams Lake RCMP presence along Dog Creek Road ensuring safety.