You arrive before the runners and the water in Lake Ontario is like glass. The sun is still low on the horizon, and there’s a nip in the air that is brisk and yet has a suggestion of spring in it. It’s Spring Sprint day, and the volunteers gather on the boardwalk by the Balmy Beach Club to assist in one of the landmark events of the Beach community.
Although the main focus of the day is the runners, the Spring Sprint is an event that could not happen without the involvement of the wonderful volunteers who give their time and enthusiasm so willingly to everything, from the registration before the event, to set-up, marshalling and crowd control, serving of refreshments and finally, to the clean up of the course and club premises on the day of the race.
Since 1987 the Advisory Council of the Beaches Recreation Centre has organized the Beaches Spring Sprint as a fundraiser to support community programs and the Beaches Recreation Centre. The event is open to all ages, and runners and walkers of all abilities. At least 100 volunteers are required to ensure that everything runs smoothly on race day. Sporting their Beaches Spring Sprint baseball caps, they are there to assist and direct, support and cheer on the participants. If you are interested in being part of this wonderful day, a sure sign that spring has arrived, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. The race takes place on April 6 this year, and we can’t wait to see you there.
Registration takes place at the Rec Centre, at 6 Williamson Road, from 7 to 9 p.m. on March 25 to 27 and April 2 to 4.