Running into summer

Christopher Gooding
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RIVER HEBERT – The last day for River Hebert’s inaugural running club resembled a small-scale marathon more than a closing ceremony.

Student with River Hebert’s elementary school had fashioned a starting line between their school and the high school across the street. Up the road, Rhonda Hoeg and Reese Leblanc were ready with a water cooler and cups to hand out as runners challenged themselves to either 1 km course or 5 km course.

And at the starting line, more than 30 students were at the ready.

“The club is mostly elementary students but we had some high school students join us,” teacher and running club coordinator coordinator Denis Dickenson said. “For our first year it’s been great. We had 30 to 35 kids running at any given time.”

When asked how the students liked the program, they offer a collective “awesome.”

“I wasn’t much of a runner but I play football and thought it could help. It has.” Kyle Desjardines

Individually, however, they boast the merits of the program.

“I wasn’t much of a runner but I play football and thought it could help,” Kyle Desjardines said. “It has.”

Hannah Langille, who says she tries to run everyday at 8o’clock, said the program has only added to her love of the sport.

The program has been a hit with students, Dickenson said, giving them something extra to do and adds to their sense of community. And the students appreciate her efforts.

“Can you say a special thank you to Mrs. Dickenson,” Breanna Cormier and Langille said.


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Geographic location: RIVER HEBERT

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