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New home for Coal Country event

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The annual Coal Country Run/Walk will have a new location and a new beneficiary this year.

The first few editions of the walk were held in Roche Percee, but the floods of 2011 forced event organizers to shift the site to Bienfait. This year's walk, to be held on Saturday, May 10, will be at the Woodlawn Regional Park south of Estevan.

Proceeds from the event have traditionally been directed to the Bienfait Memorial Arena, but organizers have decided that the new track-and-field facility that is being constructed in Estevan for the 2016 Saskatchewan Summer Games should receive the money.

"Our plan is to raise money for the track this year and next year," said event spokesperson Debby Knight.

Knight is hopeful that the switch to Estevan will attract more participants from the city. It also made sense to have the run in Estevan this year, she said, since it will benefit Estevan's 2016 Saskatchewan Summer Games committee.

There will once again be three components this year: a five-kilometre race, a 10-kilometre race and the children's mini-mile.

Participants in the five and 10-kilometre competitions can walk or run. They'll start at 10 a.m. near the Doug Third Hall, and navigate their way through a circuit that takes them past most of the park's amenities.

Those who are in the 10-kilometre race will complete the circuit twice.

"It's actually a beautiful little trail," said Knight. "It's all flat, and the park is nice."

The mini-mile will begin at about 11:30 a.m.

"We like everybody to be finished (before the mini-mile), because lots of times, it's their kids that are running, so everybody should be back from the 10 kilometres at that time," said Knight.  

All participants will pay a registration fee this year, Knight said. In previous years, the people in the five-kilometre and the 10-kilometre race have paid a fee, while the mini-mile participants have collected pledges. But it will just be a registration fee for the youth this year.


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