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Thousands ran for diabetes research at Sudbury Rocks

By: Jonathan Migneault - Sudbury Northern Life

 | May 11, 2014 - 12:40 PM |
More than 1,600 runners and walkers of all ages participated in the ninth annual Sudbury Rocks!!! Race, Run or Walk for Diabetes Sunday morning. Photo by Jonathan Migneault.

More than 1,600 runners and walkers of all ages participated in the ninth annual Sudbury Rocks!!! Race, Run or Walk for Diabetes Sunday morning. Photo by Jonathan Migneault.

Northern Ontario's biggest race featured more than 1,600 participants

The weather cooperated and the sun shone brightly Sunday morning as more than 1,600 people ran and walked past the finish line at the ninth annual Sudbury Rocks!!! Race, Run or Walk for Diabetes.

Throughout its nine year history the event, which is Northern Ontario's biggest race day, has raised more than $350,000 for the Canadian Diabetes Association.


“Hands down, this is the biggest and best fundraiser for us,” said Chris Montgomery, a representative with the Canadian Diabetes Association and Sudbury Rocks committee member.

“The amount of money we've raised with this race is absolutely phenomenal. To be able to put it towards education, awareness and research towards diabetes, we can't ask for more.”

Last year the race raised $50,000 for diabetes research and support for patients in Sudbury.

“Fitness is such a major factor in preventing and managing diabetes, that it makes for such a good partnership,” Montgomery said about Sudbury Rocks.

He said he hopes this year's race surpassed that total, but the final tally will not be known until mid-June, he said.

Runners of all ages participated in a variety of events, which ranged from a one-kilometre race for children, to a full 42-kilometre marathon.

Some were running their first race, and others, like Angela Batsford, of North Bay, were seasoned runners.

Batsford was the first person to complete the marathon with a time of 3:09.

She said she has lost count of the number of marathons she has run over the years.

Batsford runs year-round, and said it is the training that gives her the most enjoyment, rather than the races.
“I like them after (they're done),” she said after completing her race.

Terry Cavanaugh, a senior manager of branch facilities with the Canadian Diabetes Association, said most of the funds raised from the event stay in Sudbury.

He said the money raised helps keep the association’s local office running, and directly supports Sudburians with the disease.

Cavanaugh participated in his second 5 K run Sunday, and said he was thankful the weather turned out to be nice. Last year there was still snow on the ground, he said.

Organizers said next Year's Sudbury Rocks will be even bigger to celebrate the 10-year anniversary.

 
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