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Rattler Run attracts people from rural and urban areas

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One of the most intimidating aspects of fitness is the self doubt people have about being able to accomplish a task. Take for example long distance runs which many people cannot accomplish, whether it be because of physical inability or a disability.


Enter the Medicine Hat College Rattler Run which features the motto “I Run for ME”. The 2016 edition features three different options for runners of varying levels and competitiveness. Tara Chisholm, race director, expects anywhere between 800 to 1,000 people. She says it was important to be as inclusive as others.
“We’re giving people different options; this is the first time we’re going with the 3K,” says Chisholm, who is also in charge of registration.
In fact, there are three races options with all completely different routes including including three, five and for the hardcore runner, 10k.

Chisholm’s full-time job is wellness programmer at the college along with the program coordinator of Medicine Hat Adaptive Sport and Recreation. On top of that she also has spent a lot of time with the Canadian National Women’s Sledge Hockey team as head coach.
All of her experience demonstrates a high level of commitment, to not only athletics, but, to healthy living in general.
She understands the importance of exercise as being a big part of daily life, for everyone.
Chisholm has worked with the paralympic association and the MS Society of Canada so understands not everyone can run 10 kilometres, but to try and get as many people involved in the race as possible was important.
“I have that adaptive sport background and so for the first time, I really wanted to make it more accessible ... allow wheelchairs, moms and kids — my dad is going to drive in and push my sisters’ kids,” explains Chisholm.
She says for those doing the 3K route, it’s flat as people go around the Rotary Trail which encircles most of the campus. Those who want to walk can do so no problem. Chisholm notes however that while the 3K and 5K are more enjoyable and less difficult routes, the 10K is treated much more seriously by the participants.
“A lot of the 10K serious runners treat it as the first run of the season,” explains Chisholm. “It’s an early race in the season, great for the locals to come out.
“And that’s what all of these (different options) are all about,” she adds of the Rattler Run’s slogan:  “I Run for ME” campaign. There are choices so participants can make it the best possible fit.
Besides those from in town, there are many from out of town who take part on race day. Many runners from Calgary, Lethbridge and Saskatchewan will come for the 10-kilometre event, but also people take part because of the word-of-mouth popularity of the event, which first started in 1980.
Earlybird entry fees are due by April 8. For an individual the price is $25/person and a group is $20 per person entry. After April 8, for an individual the price is $35 per person and for the group it is $30 per person.
For more on the Run or to enter online see: https://www.mhc.ab.ca/services/healthandwellness/bffl/rattlerrun.

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