With about 440 participants raising more than $22,000 for the Salvation Army's Cedar Place, next year's race will benefit all Salvation Army ministries: Cedar Place, the men's hostel and the family services program on Notre Dame, said Loretta Maillet, race organizer.
“440 participants – just awesome,” she said. “We believe it was because of the medals being handed out, and the fact the money stays here in Sudbury. A lot of the participants like that the money helps local families, especially this time of year.”
Money raised this year will help purchase beds, mattresses, change tables and playpens for the entire house, she said.
The frigid temperatures didn't seem to bother the runners, either.
“We couldn't have really asked for better weather,” Maillet said. “We heard in Thunder Bay the temperature was -32 C, and in Edmonton, it was -40, so with the sun shining and the temperature at about -10, it was an awesome running day.”
Next year, organizers are again hoping to get more schools involved, and of course, more participants.
“The event is growing so much, and there are a lot of families in need of help.”