Mad Dashers founders Randy MacKirdy and Neli Avila organized the Dash for Diabetes in Pitt Meadows on Saturday. (Neil Corbett/THE NEWS)

Dash for Diabetes run Saturday

Mad Dashers host event in Pitt Meadows

The first annual Dash for Diabetes was held in Pitt Meadows’ scenic Osprey Village riverside neighbourhood on Saturday morning, with participants taking part in a 5k run/walk or a 10k run.

The event was organized to support Diabetes Canada by the founders of the Mad Dashers group, Neli Avila and Randy MacKirdy. They raised approximately $2,000 in the first event. The run took participants through the picturesque community and on paths beside the Fraser River.

The winner of the 5k race was James Cardwell of Coquitlam in a time of 23:40, and second was Kyle Pope of Maple Ridge in 25 minutes.

Christopher Renema of Langley won the 10k race in 42:47, and Michael Reinhard of Surrey was second in 43:42.

The Mad Dashers are planning more diabetes fundraisers, including a bowling event, and pub nights. Their name is an acronym for making a difference.

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Matt Ramsden and Jayme Eke cross the finish line. (Neil Corbett/THE NEWS)

The Mood Therapy band provided musical entertainment for the run. (Neil Corbett/THE NEWS)

James Cardwell was the first to cross the finish line in the five kilometer race. (Neil Corbett/THE NEWS)

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