YMCA of Medicine Hat will host the 38th year of the Annual YMCA River Run on June 17, 2023!
YMCA of Medicine Hat will host the 38th year of the Annual YMCA River Run on June 17, 2023. Participants of the River Run have the option of selecting a three, five, 10, or 21.1-kilometre trail. The paved pathways in the event allow for all mobility levels and families of all ages to breathe fresh air and take in the beautiful views.
“The trail is along the South Saskatchewan River, where people run through the trees on the paved path system that borders multiple park areas. It’s absolutely amazing being immersed in nature during this event,” says Helene Nicholson, Philanthropy Director, YMCA of Medicine Hat.
Those who choose the half marathon will be brought through Lions Park, Strathcona Island Park, Saratoga Park, and Police Point Park pathway systems which all trails bring many trees for shade and stunning coulee views.
Every year, the YMCA hosts this fundraising event with proceeds raised supporting the YMCA’s Strong Kids Campaign, allowing families to attain memberships or register their children for camps when facing financial barriers. The last few years, the River Run has raised up to $10,000 annually for the Strong Kids Campaign.
“To see everyone come together that day and watch people complete a goal that they’ve set for themselves is really amazing. There is so much beauty in everyone coming together, sharing an experience, cheering each other on, and celebrating accomplishments over the three-hour period,” says Nicholson.
“The success of the event is because of the sponsors, planning committee, volunteers, and participants. They all play a crucial role to make sure this event is a great experience for everybody, whether it's the first run or the 38th."
Participation medals are given to everyone who completes the race. Placement medals are awarded to the top three finishers in each run category. A virtual option is also available — participants can choose to run an outdoor trail and use a tracker to send YMCA the route they ran. In 2021 and 2022, the event had participants from Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Calgary participate virtually.