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Annual Vertical Slam run brings in over 12K for SD60 meals programs

Funds raised will be divided between 22 schools in the district
10-year old Harvey Toews won the 5-kilometre division of the Vertical Slam Ultimate Challenge, over five minutes faster than the second-place finisher. June 4, 2022.

The numbers are in for a popular annual fundraiser for meal programs in School District 60.

The 7th annual Vertical Slam Ultimate Challenge, held on Saturday (June 4) along a set of trails in the Beatton River Valley, managed to bring in $12,500 or $550 to each of the 22 schools the run benefits.

“I am so honoured,” said race organizer Laurie Cardinal.

“It warms my heart to see the support from the community. To see the community step up. We had two big companies this year where the local employees took up collections in their office.”

First started in 2016, she said the idea to support the meals program came from one of its directors on its original organizing committee.

Cardinal shared the story with the Alaska Highway News in March of this year.

This year's race, the first after two years of virtual competitions, was split up into three distances – 5K, 10K, and 21K.

10-year-old Harvey Toews was first over the line on the five-kilometre course with a time of 31 minutes, 57 seconds, almost six minutes faster than the second-place finisher.

Scott Wheaton took top honours in the 10K with a time of 1:12:54, while Spencer Reagon's time of 2:26:20 proved to be the best in the 21-kilometre division.