Another memorable day for the Curtis Klassen Memorial Fund

Runners in the 5K run burst from the starting line at the Curtis Klassen Memorial Run & Walk to Remember on Saturday, May 25 in Altona. The event drew over 80 participants, raising funds in honour of Klassen's memory. Photo courtesy of the CKMF

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The 8th annual Curtis Klassen Memorial Run & Walk to Remember took place Saturday, May 25 at the Altona Park.
The event raises money for the fund (CKMF) which was started 11 years ago by a group of peers from the W.C. Miller Collegiate graduation class of ‘93 to remember their friend who was killed in 1990.
To date, the CKMF has raised over $60,000 to support community projects, grassroots sport and education.
This year saw 81 registrations, participating in either the 5K or 10K run or walk.
CKMF committee member Eric Hildebrand says, “Overall the numbers were down from years previous, but we are still very happy to see participants coming out from the community and surrounding communities. The forecasted weather wasn’t promising leading up to the event and this may have impacted the race day numbers but Saturday morning turned out to be pretty nice and actually really good weather for the runners. Registration funds and overall donations have brought us over $6,500 and as a committee we are thrilled about that!”
Hildebrand gave credit to all the participants and volunteers who helped make the day such a success.
“We are grateful for those that registered and for those that helped out in one way or another. Many of our volunteers have been helping out since the first event 8 years ago and it’s heartwarming to see them return annually.”
He adds that the committee is also very grateful for the support of gracious sponsors such as the Manitoba Runners Association, Pioneer Meat Ltd., Prairie Sky Promotion, Friesens, Sun Valley Coop, Red River Mutual and the Running Room.
“We also want to thank the Altona Fire Department for assisting us with medics, Golden West Radio/CFAM for event coverage, the Manitoba Sunflower Festival 2018 royalty and 2019 Queen contestants for helping out as well and the Town of Altona for allowing for a few very short-term street closures along the route.”
While planning this annual event takes a good amount of work, Hildebrand says it’s a labour of love and well worth the effort.
“Our hope is that we’ve created a unique event for the community and we really love to see people embrace the event and bring their family out. We had people registered that were 8 years old and our most senior registrant was 83!”

The 5K and 10K winners in the 2019 Curtis Klassen Memorial Run & Walk to Remember. Photo courtesy of the CKMF

There were people running and walking, as couples and as friends, as well as parents and their children.
After everyone was finished, there was a barbecue and a candy scramble for the kids while the committee tabulated the finish times and proceeded into prize distribution.
“Based on the funds raised and the fact that there is no other event like this in Altona, we will continue on and in due time we will start planning for the 9th annual Run & Walk to Remember!”
Here are the top finishers:
5K – Female
Hope Erlandson – 24 min. 49 sec.
Katie Erlandson – 26 min. 33 sec.
Christy Tournier-Croft – 26 min. 41 sec.
5K – Male
Ziko Pankratz – 19 min. 26 sec.
Bryson Loewen – 19 min. 53 sec.
Brian Derksen – 20 min. 19 sec.
10K – Female
Stephanie Wiebe – 53 min.
Tanya Buchko – 53 min. 57 sec.
Cheryl Falk – 54 min. 53 sec.
10K – Male
Lee Siemens – 40 min. 27 sec.
Mark Tiessen-Dyck 43 min. 15 sec.
Kevin Neufeld – 44 min. 38 sec.

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