Fun on the Run
Blueberry Travels West
Written by Booklyn Hemeyer
On april 15, buses full of students from all over Parkland School Division took off to head to Vancouver, B.C. for the annual Vancouver Sun Run.
Activities were planned for the days before and after ther ace such as biking through Stanley Park, visiting the Capilano Suspension Bridge, shopping on Robson Street and Granville Island, and walking around the streets of Jasper.
“My favourite event was biking through Stanley Park. We got to see crabs when we stopped at the ocean, so that was pretty cool,” mentioned Kali Kwasnycia, a Blueberry participant from Grade 8.
On Sunday morning, everyone headed to Georgia Street to run the race. The Sun Run is a 10 kilometre race through the streets of Vancouver. Parents, grandparents, children, woemn, men, people in wheelchairs…thousands of people joined others in their heats, prepared to accomplish what they had been training for.
“I felt super nervous before (the race). I was worried that something might happen, and everything that I had been training for wouldn’t pay off,” Kwasnycia said.
From Blueberry School, the fastest female was Kwasnycia, who had a time of 55:20 minutes, comparing to the fastest female overall with a time of 32:15. The fastest male from Blueberry was Ben Davies, with a time of 45:31, comparing to the fastest male overall with a time of 28:52.
“I’m pretty proud of myself in the end. My hard work came through. The fact that I was able to come home and say that I had finished 10 kilometres in less than an hour is something that I will always be proud of,” Kwasnycia mentioned. “I’m just happy to have the privilege to take the opportunity and compete. Also to be the fastest girl from Blueberry is a great accomplishment for me.”
A quick thank you should be given to Mrs. Dawes, Mrs. Lang, and Ms. Garrison, the teachers from Blueberry, and all of the teachers from other schools in Parkland School Division who dedicated their time and energy to taking these kids on the trip.
“Without the teachers, there is no way we would be able to stay for the weekend. The fact that they volunteered to spend some more time with us after a whole week of chaos at school was awesome,” Kwasnycia laughed. “Without you, none of the great experience would be possible, so thank you very much.”
The next Vancouver Sun Run will take place on April 23, 2017, and everyone is looking forward to it.
“Me and my other peers on the trip made a lot of friends and a lot of memories that we will never forget. It was an exciting weekend and I’m so thankful I was able to take part in it, and I’m excited for next year,” Kwasnycia said.