‘Run the Greens’ deemed a success

By Joel Charron

Mickey Fryer was all smiles on Sunday morning.

Fryer, watched as participants for the first annual “Run the Greens” for Team Diabetes piled into Cramdon’s from Wildwood Golf and RV Resort.

Over 150 runners and walkers took part in the first annual “Run the Greens” fundraiser for Team Diabetes. The event raised close to $4,000

In the days leading up to the event, Fryer said 105 runners and walkers registered online. On the day of the race people kept coming, which added an additional 50 participants to the roster.

“We are just getting swamped with race day registration,” said Fryer with a big smile.

“Run the Greens” was the first event for Walkers and Runners Across the County of Essex (WRACE) with all the proceeds being donated to Team Diabetes.

Before the run, Fryer was busy making final preparations. For someone who runs in these types of events several times a year, this was Fryer’s first attempt at organizing an event himself. He admits he has learned some things along the way.

“Runners are spoiled,” joked Fryer. “They don’t realize everything that goes into play, from setting up the course to organizing the water stations and finding volunteers. It’s a lot of work, but it’s fun.”

Fryer also added it does help being a runner himself, because he his able to think like a runner when he is organizing everything.

“It definitely helps,” he said.

“Run the Greens” drew people from all over the county and even as far as people from London made the drive to take part in the event.

Fryer said he plans on making the “Run the Greens” event an annual thing, however he did mention there may be some changes if the run grows.

“Next year I would like to introduce a 10k run,” he said. “We will look into increasing the distances as the numbers get bigger.”

Shortly before race time Fryer said over $2,000 had been raised, however that figure doesn’t include the walk-in registrations.  The “Run the Greens” event raised nearly $4,000 for Team Diabetes.

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