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Cliff Canter Run went glowingly well

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Prior to the event, the 150 participants got energized by speeches and a pre-run exericse. Prior to the event, the 150 participants got energized by speeches and a pre-run exericse. PRyan Dahlman

The Redcliff River Valley had a strange but wonderful glow to it last Saturday night.

The Cliff Canter Run, the self professed “a glow run for mental health” took place the evening of Oct. 15 with 170 wearing glow sticks walking and running run on the paved trail either a total of 3, 5, or 10 km all in the name of mental health.
Led by Tanis Wendt whose vision created the Cliff Canter Run last spring, the second annual event was a runaway success this year, if not in only financial donations for mental health programming in southeast Alberta but in the fact there was so much awareness and support for mental health.
“We will know the financial totals by next week. We did make $450 just by having a donation jar at the run. I estimate that we will be able to donate approximately 1,000 to CMHA (Canadian Mental Health Association) to go towards programming in Medicine Hat. There was a lot more people than last year and it felt amazing to see everyone taking part in such an important cause,” explains Wendt noting she got more help this year. “Kelli Ireland, who is the marketing director at the Canalta Center, was added to the team this year as she as a degree in communications. I owe her a lot to the success of the event as she developed all of the marketing of the event and did it in a professional, fun way. She also got sponsors for our event- Canalta Center, CJCY, and District Bar and Grill. Jody Lamb, Susan Martin, Christina Rose and Sonya Brown also helped this year with branding, planning, and being my gopher leading up to the run and also at the run. We also partnered with DREAMS this year and had kids come out and help set up and do facepainting and cheerleading. They had a lot of fun and worked hard that day.”
Those at the event registered, got a T-shirt as well as glow sticks and followed a lit-up trail running beside the river valley. There were numerous door prizes and free food following. Prior to the event there was a exercise warm-up session as well as few speeches including one by co-organizer Jody Lamb and friends of hers mental illness struggles. The run was all about eliminating the stigma.
There were so many feel-good points for the organizers during the course of the evening, Wendt says the Run couldn't be defined by one or two specific moments.
“I can't honestly pick one gratifying thing. The whole event was gratifying as it ran like a fine tuned machine,” says Wendt. “I feel so lucky to have so many people work hard for me to ensure that all went well. It especially meant a lot to me that my dad Wayne Wendt showed his support for me and my cause by volunteering hours of his time.
“It was also inspiring to see people from the Prairie Rose School Division attend including Brian and Colleen Andjelic and Janay Gregory. Also Jody Lamb's speech was incredibly touching and I think it hit home for many people. The biggest gift of all was our ability to stand as a team and raise awareness of mental illness and reduce stigma.”
The third installment is being planned for next year. Wendt says as for changes, the glow run worked well. She wants the trail to glow even more and is hoping for more younger people involved.

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