Tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. sharp, over 500 runners will be anxiously waiting for the gunshot to start the seventh edition of Reginas Royal Road Race.
Participants have the special opportunity to run through parts of the RCMP Academy normally closed to the public.
The race is a family event that promotes wellness and the sport of running. The proceeds raised will be donated to two local charities supporting youth with disabilities: Astonished!, which helps young adults with complex physical disAbilities build more inclusive communities, and Special Olympics Saskatchewan, which enriches the lives of athletes with intellectual disabilities through participation in sports.
Distances are 10 km, 5 km (wheelchair, walk and run) and 1 km for the Mini Mountie Run.
The Royal Road Race is organized by the Jaleta Pacers in partnership with the RCMP Academy, Depot Division, and is held every year on Mothers Day weekend.
The total prize money of $1,800 will be distributed amongst the top three male and female runners in the 5 km and 10 km races. Flowers and gifts will be given to the first mothers to finish the 5 km and 10 km races.
The major sponsors of this event are Titan Automotive Group/Mercedes-Benz Regina, Regina-Wascana Federal Liberal Association and McDougall Gauley LLP.
The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness of Canada and Member of Parliament for Regina-Wascana, is expected to be at the Race.
Available for interviews on the day of the race
- Chief Superintendent Kevin Jones, Training Officer of the RCMP Academy, Depot Division.
- Ted Jaleta, Race Director and Coach of the Jaleta Pacers.
- Bonnie Cummings-Vickaryous, Executive Director, The Big Sky Centre for Learning and Being Astonished! Inc.
- Chelsea Fidler, Director of Marketing and Development, Special Olympics Saskatchewan.
- Cadet Jillian Kings, RCMP Cadet, runner of the Royal Road Race and volunteer with Special Olympics Saskatchewan (comments only, no photo/video of the cadet will be possible).
What to know
- 08:25 Media representatives arrive at Fort Dufferin. Please park at the RCMP Heritage Centre (5907 Dewdney Avenue) and proceed on foot to the Fort Dufferin Guard Room. There, you will get a visitors pass in exchange for a government-issued ID. An RCMP representative will escort you for the duration of your time on base.
- 08:45 Opening ceremonies start at the start/finish line, south of the Drill Hall.
- 09:09 Winners of the 1K Mini Mountie Run will start crossing the finish line.
- 09:15 Winners of the 5K will start crossing the finish line.
- 09:33 Winners of the 10K will start crossing the finish line.
- 09:45 Interviews with representatives available for comments in the corridor between the Drill Hall and the Mess.
- 10:30 Prizes will be distributed in the Division Mess.
- 10:45 Impromptus interviews and photos at the Division Mess.