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The Great Grain Relay

March 6, 2012

On Saturday March 25th College students and staff laced up their sneakers, put on their RRC t-shirts (props to the RRC Bookstore) and headed out to the Great Grain Relay at the University of Manitoba. This annual event started in 1983 to commemorate the opening of the Max Bell Centre. The relay brings together colleagues, friends, neighbours and classmates to participate in a 2 hour fitness event . It’s a great way to beat the mid-winter fitness blahs.

Two College teams participated in the Corporate Female category. The staff team included Hannah McKinnon(Enrollment Services), Judy McMullen (Controller’s Office), Fatima DeMelo (Library Services), Margarita Natcheva Rowley (Diversity and Immigrant Student Support) and Sara MacArthur (Sustainability). The student team comprised five Nursing students. You can find the race results here.

The Great Grain Relay isn’t just a nice way to get to know College colleagues and have a fun week end workout, but proceeds from the event are donated to a different non-profit organization annually. This year’s “Charity of Choice” was the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

A special thanks goes out to RRC instructor James Slade for promoting the event and encouraging College participation. James  participated in the relay as well, though he was on a much more competitive team (which is defined by wearing real running shorts and checking your lap splits).

So mark March, 2013 in your calendar and keep your eye on All Staff News. We want to increase College participation next year.

The Red River Runners are (left to right) Margarita, Judy, Sara, Fatima and Hannah

Submitted by Sara MacArthur, Sustainabilty Office