Eleven years ago, Primary Health Care (PHC) Provider Teams in the northeast combined forces with community partners to create the Tri-Unity Challenge, a run, walk or jog of three, 10, or 21 kilometres.
About 100 participants from toddlers to seniors over 80 years old travel to Pasquia Regional Park near Carrot River every August to participate.
Participants of all ages ran, walked or jogged through the picturesque Pasquia Regional Park near Carrot River during the 11th annual Tri-Unity Challenge held August 10th.
“Over the years we have seen a transition from hard-core marathoners to families wanting to become more physically active,” explained Arborfield/Carrot River Nurse Practitioner Louise Kowal.
Proceeds of the Challenge are available to the communities of Arborfield, Carrot River and Zenon Park to create infrastructure and events promoting physical activity. To date, two communities have completed development of walking routes. Outdoor playground equipment and signage have been installed and plans are to develop an all-season trail for walking and cross country skiing.
“Our initial goal was to build healthy communities through promotion of physical activity by creating an infrastructure that accommodates physical activity, events that support physical activity and an awareness of the importance of being physically active. We have most certainly achieved this.”