While a lack of volunteers and medical personnel forced the cancellation of the 2015 Cannery Road Race, organizers are already looking to revive the popular fall event next year.
Speaking at the Oct. 27 meeting of Port Edward council, Lynn Daniele of the Rupert Runners said the road race is anything but dead.
“We do hope to see it go through again next year. We had a lot of discussion around our membership and teams that have organized it in the past and we would like to see it become a huge success again,” she said, adding the group has struggled to secure volunteers in the past.
“Last year we had 172 runners participate and we hope to see those numbers again.”
Noting the district had supported the Cannery Road Race since its inception 11 years ago, Mayor Dave MacDonald said he was glad to hear the event could be returning in 2016.
“I was sorry to hear it was cancelled. It was too late even for us to try and mobilize some of our own people to give a hand,” he said.
Although the race didn’t take place, youngsters in Port Edward will still benefit from the efforts of organizers. Before leaving council chambers, Daniele provided the district with a box full of children’s shirts for council to distribute to students at Port Edward Elementary School.