SASKATOON – Around 300 runners braved rainy conditions on Sunday for the annual Saskatoon police half marathon.
Participants had the opportunity to do a five or 10 kilometre run around Saskatoon’s downtown core with members of the Saskatoon Police Service.
The fifth annual event is a fundraiser for the Saskatchewan Blue Cross recess guardians. It began in the 2008-09 school year in Saskatoon.
Organizers say the event is a way for the public to show appreciation for everything officers do for the community.
“It’s actually been incredible just to see the police coming out. The runners really appreciate them coming out and they get to take a really active part in something in their community,” said Mike Macdonald, marathon director and program creator.
“Which is awesome. That doesn’t involve crime, as much, it’s more public awareness and being comfortable with the police.”
Runners crossed the finish line on 4th Avenue North in front of the old police station.
Recess guardians is a non-profit organization dedicated teaching youth positive attitudes on the playground, while allowing them to create their own fun.
The program is in over 80 schools across Saskatchewan.