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Saturday was another success for the annual Winkler Thanks for Giving Run. This year also had more participants than previous years with 159 runners, and 40 children runners.

Seeing the community come together in support of the Winkler Food Cupboard (WFC), had Secretary-Treasurer Menno Giesbrecht thrilled.

"It’s awesome, you know I don't have the words to describe it," he said. "We're really delighted, so many entries, little kids are coming, the young and the old, total community involvement."

Every week 50 to 90 families are aided by the WFC, which gives away two to four thousand pounds of food per week.

The run was broken into four parts: a run for the kids, a five kilometre, ten kilometres, and half marathon.

Race Director Dwight Suderman said participating in the race is good for both the body and soul.

"You've got a good cause which is the food cupboard, and you've got your own health to consider," Suderman said. "I think both running and walking are some of the best things for your cardiovascular system and promote your own health."

The fastest times for the half marathon were Thomas Eros with 1 hour 23 minutes, Levi Warkentin 1 hour 24 minutes, and the fastest women Louise Cameron with 1 hour and 49 minutes.

Organizers expect the event could raise more than $10,000 for the food cupboard.

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