Thursday, 20 September 2018 11:06

Terry Fox Run in Swift Current, Sept. 16, 2018

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The annual Terry Fox Run in Swift Current took place on Sept. 16. The event started and finished in Riverside Park on Sept. 16. There were 33 participants, who ran or walked on a route set out along the Chinook Parkway, and they raised $5,105 for the Terry Fox Foundation. Something different at this year's event was a warm-up session for participants before the start of the run/walk, which was presented by fitness instructors Dara Closs and Erica Pasley of the Twist of Fate fitness studio.


Roller derby action returned to Swift Current on Sept. 15, when the Redneck Betties played their second home game of the season at the Innovation Credit Union iPlex, Sept. 15. They had a tough game against the Weyburn Strait Jackettes, but the Redneck Betties kept the scoreboard rolling during jams to win 177-149. The Redneck Betties will play their final home game of the season on Oct. 13 against the Deathbridge Derby Dames from Lethbridge, Alberta.


The Swift Current Broncos concluded their preseason with a 5-1 win on home ice against the Lethbridge Hurricanes, Sept. 15. This was the team's only game in Swift Current during the preseason. The Broncos lost 7-0 against the Hurricanes in Lethbridge on Sept. 14, and also lost two games played in Regina over the Labour Day long weekend against the Regina Pats (4-1) and the Saskatoon Blades (3-1). The Broncos will host the Saskatoon Blades on Sept. 21 at the Innovation Credit Union iPlex to open the 2018-19 regular season.


Regina woodcarver Kamron Garbe displayed his skills with a chainsaw when he created a sculpture from a piece of spruce in Swift Current's Memorial Park, Sept. 15. He visited the city to participate in Thee Imagination Fest, a celebration of arts and music that was organized by Swift Current artist Nancy Currie. The outdoor event in Memorial Park could not carry on due to poor weather, but Garbe continued to carve during the afternoon.


A truck from Swift Current joined trucks from Moose Jaw and Saskatoon for Special Olympics Saskatchewan’s 12th annual World’s Largest Truck Convoy and the 7th annual Truck Pull in Regina, Sept. 15. This was the second year that Swift Current was a location for the official convoy kickoff. Swift Current Special Olympics athlete Harold Robinson raised $3,120 for Special Olympics Saskatchewan, almost double the amount he collected last year and also the highest individual amount raised for the event. He was therefore again able to travel in the truck from Swift Current to attend the event in Regina. Pat Laybolt drove the Austin's Courier semi and the trailer was provided by Wanner Industries. Three RCMP vehicles from the rural detachment in Swift Current provided an escort for the truck and pilot vehicles out of the city. Seven trucks joined them in Moose Jaw and a total of 42 trucks participated in the final celebration event at the Turvey Centre in Regina, which included a barbeque, entertainment and a truck pull. The event raised over $17,000 for Special Olympics Saskatchewan, which will be used to support programs in 17 communities across the province.


Thursday, 20 September 2018 10:56

9th Annual Rusty Cage Fun Run, Sept. 15, 2018

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Nine motorcycle riders braved cool weather to participate in the 9th annual Rusty Cage Fun Run, Sept. 15. The fun run started in downtown Swift Current and the group travelled to Morse, Hodgeville, Hazenmore and Cadillac before returning to the city. The ride takes place in honour of fallen friends and at the moment there is a list of six people who used to ride with the group. The $680 raised from this year's event will be used to support any rider from the local motorcycle community who needs financial support for unexpected costs such medical expenses. Funds raised during previous years have been donated to different charities. The name of the event is a reference to a Johnny Cash song, Rusty Cage, which was the favourite song of local rider Simon Dahl, who passed away in July 2010. This year's run almost did not take place, but Steve Hamm stepped up to keep it going and next year's 10th anniversary run has already been scheduled for Aug. 24, 2019.


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