By Darren Lum
t’s not too late to register for this year’s virtual edition of the fundraising run the Highland Yard.
Event organizers are calling it a virtual [Still at] Home Run where participants get to pick a distance, the location and how they participate, which can be rrunning, walking, biking, swimming or even dancing to completion.
All proceeds will help Places for People, a local charity of Haliburton County that helps provide affordable housing. They not only help with creating and managing “secure quality housing in Haliburton County for low and moderate income level individuals,” but also create the conditions for people to thrive.
There are five options for participation from the two-kilometre walk/run, a five-kilometre run, a seven-point-three kilometre run – also known as the Heritage run, matching the original run from Camp Onondaga to the Rockcliffe in Minden in 1971. There is also a 10-kilometre run, including a freestyle option that is dubbed the “ultimate non-run,” which encourages participants to do whatever they want, whether it’s a jump around your living room, walk around the block, bike in the woods, or swim across the lake.
The freestyle option is all about fun.
From the Highland Yard website: “We encourage you to have fun with it and be sure to share your freestyle ‘runs’ with us by using the #MYHYFREESTYLE hashtag on social media or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
There is also a fundraiser option for those that want to contribute to the effort, but can’t participate. Children 12 and under can register for any of the options for a reduced rate of $30, including the freestyle and the two-kilometre distance for $10.
Since 2010, Places for People has housed 19 families, including 30 adults and 54 children. Seven families have moved on The next plan for Places for People is to build a multi-unit dwelling with one and two-bedroom units.
Registration closes on Saturday, July 31 at 11:59 p.m. Results from your participation must be submitted by Sunday, Aug. 1 at 11:59 p.m. Details on how to track and submit your time will be provided once you register.
See www.highlandyard.ca for more information.