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w w w . y o u t h c e n t r e s c a n a d a . c o m 26 O sgoode Youth Association (O-Ya) in Ontario is just winding down from this year's annual 'Goode Run! You could say the 'Goode Run is a pretty big deal in Osgoode, and it gets bigger every year! Every year the run has a fantastic turnout, this year's being 535 participants with almost $30,000 raised! Wow, amazing job, runners! Every year, runners can choose either a 2K, 5K or 10K race. The 2K race starts at 9AM on race day, and is designed to be a fun family event. You can run, walk, and even bring your baby stroller for this race. There's no pressure and no running experience necessary! The 5K and 10K races are chip timed, and Champion Chip timing chips are provided by the event's official timers, SportStats. Both the 5K and the 10K races start at 10AM on race day. The 'Goode Run is very community oriented, and fun times are always had by all who attend! There are tons of events going on before and after the race. Race Central both inside and out front of O-Ya has tons of activities going on for runners and non-runners alike! Osgoode Main Street is closed to traffic, music fills the streets, delicious drinks and snacks are available plus water and fruit stations for the runners. The 'Goode Run always attracts a bustling crowd of community members, there to cheer on the runners and support O-Ya. This year, the Osgoode and Metcalfe Volunteer firefighters brought their trucks to the event and held a barbecue, with proceeds being shared between O-Ya and Fort McMurray wildfire relief. A team from Cooper Physiotherapy Clinic – a sponsor of this year's 'Goode Run – led the 2K, 5K and 10K runners in a warm-up, and provided a cool down and stretching area post-run. Fundraisers are extremely important events for Youth Centres all across Canada, especially in our world of non-profit organizations. Youth Centres are great assets to a community and they give so much, so it's great to see the community giving back! They say it takes a village to raise a child, and with the way communities are able to come together time and time again to give their youth somewhere safe to hang out, learn and have fun, the expression proves absolutely true! O-Ya would love to thank everyone who attended and helped out at the 2016 'Goode Run, including runners, volunteers and sponsors. More sponsors included Scotiabank, Osgoode Veterinary Services, the Red Dot Café, Bobby B Productions and many other local businesses that helped make this year's run such a huge success! This monumental event could not have happened without you, and we all look forward to seeing you next year! The 2017 'Goode Run will be held Saturday, May 20, 2017. Get your running shoes ready and prepare to have a blast! You can find more information about the 'Goode Run on O-Ya's website at: http://www.o-ya.ca/ By Victoria St.Michael

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