It was a beautiful morning Saturday as nearly 100 people gathered at the Altona Centennial Park to help honour the memory of Curtis Klassen. In total, 98 participants registered for the 5k or 10k run/walk fundraiser in support of the Curtis Klassen Memorial Fund.
"Every year I get choked up just thinking about the family, the friends, the classmates and the support we've had in the local community for this event," said spokesperson, Ryan Hildebrand.
Since 2012, the event has raised over $70,000 for various local projects, grassroots sports initiatives and post-secondary bursaries for graduates of W.C. Miller Collegiate. Calculations so far have Saturday's total raised at $7,700.
"Things like the playground that you see in the park. It could be some benches, or the Memory Garden," explained Hildebrand. "Helping to buy jerseys and sponsoring those that can't initially afford minor sports programs. All sort of areas that were near and dear to our friend Curtis' heart...we're really happy to do this in honour of him."
Tragically, Curtis Klassen died in 1990. Years later, in 2008, a discussion began within his group of friends to do something in his memory. In 2012, the first-ever Curtis Klassen Memorial Run/Walk to Remember was held.
"Curtis was passionate about his sports, his faith and his community," said Hildebrand. "It's been a wonderful thing for us, we hope for the family and the community."
Below are the results for the Top 3 finishers in each of the 5K & 10K Male and Female categories.