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REPORTING · 17th June 2014
Walter McFarlane
The Kitimat Run Walk Festival took place on Saturday, June 14th. Runners/Walkers took off from the large gym at Riverlodge and took a trek around Kitimat.

“Today we have our annual Kidsport Walk/Run Festival. We have distances of 21 K half Marathon, 10 K and our very popular 5 K run. It is an opportunity for people who have been working on their running in the spring to come and have a little event and support a great cause in Kidsport,” said Shaun O’Neil.

The five kilometre runners did a loop around the Kildala Neighbourhood. The ten Kilometre runners headed towards the view point while the 21 Kilometre Runners ran through the Nechako neighbourhood and out of town to cemetery.

Kidsport is a program that provides funds for children to get into a sport of their choice. The program is non-profit and they rely on the donations from businesses and fundraising, like the Walk Run Festival.

One young person who was running had a special reason to run. Jessica Hamel was born without a leg and is in the War Amp’s Champ Program. She ran 5 kilometres with her artificial limb exposed to raise awareness for people who are missing limb and show support of the War Amps program.

She told us the run was good and she walked a portion of it. “She constantly amazes me in the way she can handle herself. She is an inspiration to a lot of people. The little things don’t matter when people see Jessica in action,” said her father, Dan Hamel.

O’Neill thanked all of the sponsors who helped make the event possible and who donated to Kidsport.

Jessica Hamel and Dan Hamel make a final dash for the finish line.
 Jessica Hamel and Dan Hamel make a final dash for the finish line.
Jessica Hamel and Dan Hamel make a final dash for the finish line.