This year, Medicine Hat College (MHC) is making the Rattler Run more accessible, inclusive and economical in hopes to appeal to a broader base including new racers, wheelchair users, youth and more. The race will take place on April 30, 2016 with early bird registration and t-shirt sales open until April 8. Group rates for four or more individuals is also available.
“We wanted to make the Rattler Run more attainable. We’ve included new routes for the 5 and 10 kilometre races, which is kind of a throwback to the way it used to be,” says Tara Chisholm, race director and registration. “With the addition of the Sunrise Rotary Trail we’ve been able to make it so that beginners, kids and anyone who doesn’t want to tackle the hills can still participate.”
Chisholm mentions that there will be more prizes available thanks to the support of local businesses.
“So far we’ve had over 25 businesses supporting the Rattler Run with in-kind donations like gift certificates, activity passes, and swag. This is a community event so to have all these companies on board is very cool,” says Chisholm.
The college has partnered with REDI enterprise for another year to help reduce waste.
“Last year we had over 10 members from REDI come and assist with directing racers on how to recycle waste materials. Races tend to produce a lot of waste so we are always seeking ways in which we can be environmentally friendly and reduce our impact. It’s not only important to the college but also to our sponsors,” says Chisholm.
This year the run will also feature a Minor Sports Team Contest which is geared to clubs and teams of youth 18 years old and under.
“Teams who sign up will receive a reduced entry fee and will automatically be entered to win a free physical activity session with Alberta Sport and Development Centre- SE or the Be Fit for Life Centre,” says Chisholm.
To register or to view the race maps, visit www.rattlerrun.ca. For teams wanting to take part in the contest email Chisholm at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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