After 11 years of bringing you local reporting, the team behind the Vancouver Observer has moved on to Canada's National Observer. You can follow Vancouver culture reporting over there from now on. Thank you for all your support over the years!

Strachan Hartley Legacy Run prepare to raise thousands for youth empowerment programs

Strachan Hartley Run

The 2014 Strachan Hartley Legacy Run 5k/10k is coming up quickly and organizers are hoping to get the word out to Vancouver schools to get signed up.

The run is organized by the Strachan Hartley Legacy Foundation, an organization devoted to the memory of doctor and athlete Strachan Hartley. Hartley had a powerful impact on inter-collegial sports by captaining the UBC Thunderbirds football team to a 1997 Vanier Cup championship and subsequently competing on the McGill Redmen football team to win significant accolades for his athletic prowess and leadership skills. Later, he successfully completed medical school while battling cancer. Hartley passed away in 2007 at the age of 30.

This year will be the eighth annual run which organizers hope will raise close to $28,000 (last year’s total) to support the outdoor extracurricular trips for the Streetfront Alternative program at Britannia Secondary and the Take a Hike program at John Oliver Secondary. Jayme Smithers, one of the run’s organizers, says that the spirit of empowering youth to succeed through outdoor education and physical fitness aligns perfectly with his Foundation’s belief in increasing the opportunities for vulnerable youth to participate in sporting events and develop skills and access to education through sport.

He expects this year’s run to be a blast, building on the momentum of past years’ events.

“There’s something for everyone,” he says. “This run attracts all sorts of different styles of running – both those interested in a competitive racing and those who want to take their strollers and kids for a fun walk.”

Prior to the run, participants can take advantage of stretching and massage tables and younger students can jump into the second annual Kids Race. At the end of the run, participants will enjoy some terrific food-cart pizzas as well as have a chance to kick a ball around with the Canadian national soccer team. Football fans can expect a visit from UBC Thunderbirds Varsity team players and Smithers also says there should be some great prizes from the Whitecaps FC, local hotels and other businesses who have chipped in to take the giveaways to another level.

He says this local business support has always been critical to helping raise money for the two deserving VSB programs. This year is no different.

“A big thanks need to go to our sponsors including Sales Talent Agency, RenoKing, Lawson Lundell and DuMoulin Black LLP,” he says. “Their generosity is amazing. I also think the run is great for all sorts of school and corporate communities to build morale and connect towards a great common goal.”

The run will kick off on Sunday, October 19 at 9:15 at Handsworth Secondary School (located at Edgewood Road in North Vancouver. Click here for details or to sign up. Click here to download a poster of the run for your school community.Strachan Hartley Run

More in Education

A young Iranian helps Syrian refugees adjust to Canada

A young Iranian, himself, new to Canada reaches out to help Syrian refugees settle here. But with the war in Syria, tensions between Iranians and Syrians are rising. How will he succeed?
Glynnis Kirchmeier filed a human rights complaints against UBC

UBC alumna files human rights complaint over response to sex assault reports

VANCOUVER — A former University of British Columbia student has filed a human rights complaint alleging the school discriminated against her and other complainants in its handling of sexual assault...
Arvind Gupta, former president of UBC

UBC faculty vote no confidence in board over handling of president's resignation

VANCOUVER — The University of British Columbia's faculty association has passed a resolution of non-confidence in the institution's board of governors amid ongoing turmoil prompted by the abrupt...
Speak up about this article on Facebook or Twitter. Do this by liking Vancouver Observer on Facebook or following us @Vanobserver on Twitter. We'd love to hear from you.