Second year relay race approaches $60,000 goal to complete outdoor trail for Portage Atlantic in helping youth overcome addictions
SAINT JOHN, July 13, 2011 — Hearty participants and big-hearted corporate donors made last Saturday’s “Stride for Success” relay race a winner.
Five relay teams of eight runners took to the starting line as part of the Run Through History-Celebration of Green Space endeavour at the Lily Lake Pavilion in the Port City.
And two generous corporate donors stepped to the plate to enrich the day in more ways than one.
This is the second year of a three-year goal to raise $60,000 for the trails. With money raised by runners and donations from retailer Sport Chek’s Forzani Group of $15,000 and United Commercial Traveller’s (UCT) Saint John of $7,500 this year and next, the goal is well within reach.
“We certainly have the momentum to meet or exceed our goals,” says David Baxter, a T4G Principal Consultant and the company’s captain of its relay team.
All money raised goes towards the completion of walking and biking trails at Portage Atlantic’s Cassidy Lake treatment facility for young people overcoming substance abuse.
T4G, through its charitable wing called Future Focus Foundation, is spearheading the Stride for Success race organization on behalf of Portage Atlantic.
Mayor Ivan Court attended the event and spoke about the importance of such charitable community endeavours and the work of Portage to help youth get back on track and break the chains of addiction.
“Naturally, the Saint John’s firefighters team who are all so fit won the race, but it’s safe to say everybody won, especially the youth at Portage,” Baxter added.
Portage’s Atlantic Recovery Trail Project will expand the 3.8 kilometre path at the organization’s Cassidy Lake facility to include wheelchair accessibility and provide a safe and picturesque route for walking, running, biking, snowshoeing