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Bryan Koentges, left, and Joshua Schultz, right, two members of the CCHS running team who plan on racing in the Sinister 7 Ultra + Relay in July, are part of a group fundraising for a water well to be built in Africa.
 
On the July 7th and 8th weekend, 1400 athletes from all over the world will come to the Crowsnest Pass to participate in the Sinister 7 Ultra + Relay. The event has become iconic in the racing world, reaching its quota of athletes within one hour of the event taking registrations
The organizers of the event, Brian Gallant and Andrew Fairhurst, as a way of promoting youth athletics, sponsor two school teams.
For the past two years the Crowsnest Consolidated High School has put teams in the event. Each team has done well in the race. According to Gallant, “the first year the local high school team placed in the top ten and last year the top twenty”. The 2012 sponsored teams come from the Crowsnest Consolidated High School and the Buck Central School from Buck Lake, AB.
This year’s team, ‘Addicted to Dehydrogenate Monoxide’, includes runners Megan Manzer, Evan Rothlin, Bryan Koentges, Carson Gunn, Molly Paton, Ivy Friesen and Joshua Schultz.
Coaches Jodi and Ryan Peebles recognized that the high school teams have garnered a lot of attention in past races, and the agreement of the runners, have decided to use this platform for something positive. They are raising funds for the Ryan’s Well Foundation.
Ryan’s Well Foundation was created in the 90s when Ryan Hreljac, who was six at the time, learned of the great need for clean and safe water in developing countries and decided to take action. With the support of friends, family and his community, he successfully raised enough money to build a well in Africa.
Since then, the Ryan’s Well Foundation was formed and has helped build of 700 wells and 900 latrines bringing safe water and improved sanitation services to over 750,900 people.
 

According to Jodi Peebles, “the average women in developing countries walk 3.7 miles every day to get water. When given these statistics the students participating in the event were humbled and felt the need to be apart of something for the greater good”.
According to Peebles, “the team chose this foundation because using water is very important for runners and what better way to celebrate this worthwhile foundation”.
As part of their first fundraising event, a group of local students, along with the running team walked from Sobey’s parking lot to River Ridge Restaurant and back, a distance of approximately 3.7 miles.
The group carried two five gallon jugs and passed them down the line empty and filled them up at the river at River’s Ridge and then passed them back full to Sobeys. “It’s pretty close to the distance these women walk each day”, notes Peebles.
The event raised $500, with a goal of raising $5000 for the foundation. More events are in the works to help the team reach their goal.
With the help of race organizers Gallant and Fairhurst, the team will set up a booth during the race as a way brining awareness to the foundation and help them reach their fundraising goal. The students are also helping the event organizers design this year’s Sinister 7 Ultra + Relay T-Shirts.

If you would like to make a donation contact any of the students on the team or Jody or Ryan Peebles at 403-563.5651 or pick up pledge form from the CCHS office.

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