The Oshawa Express - Running for The Refuge
       
Running for The Refuge
July 29,2009
Hundreds of runners bolted through the starting line, taking place in the Refuge’s ¼
Marathon recently. All the money raised at the event goes towards helping homeless youth at The Refuge in Oshawa.

By Lindsey Cole
The Oshawa Express

Get ready to run in five...four...three...two...one! The horn blows and the runners are off. Some are running to train for longer, more extensive marathons. Others are running because they believe in The Refuge, a place for troubled youth to go for a warm meal and a helping hand in Oshawa. On Saturday, more than 300 participants came out to Memorial Park to
take place in the 4th Durham ¼ Marathon, a 10.549 kilometre run through city roads and the Oshawa Creek Trail. For Michael Tudor and Larry Konya, who were running in the ¼ marathon for the first time, it was a chance to test their skills.“The ¼ marathon, it’s the only one,” says Konya, adding the two ventured all the way from Toronto for the event.

“It’s also a nice route.” Tudor says it was also a chance to gain some bragging rights.“I can tell my non-running friends that I ran a ¼ marathon,” he says with a laugh.“It was a goal.” Kim Kennedy is a second time participant and says each and every year the marathon is extremely well organized.“I’m not quite ready for a halfmarathon, but a ¼ I can handle,” she says, adding she also respects and appreciates the cause.

“It’s really a great organization. It’s a great cause.” All the money raised at the event
goes directly towards The Refuge, which is funded entirely by private donations. Last year the event raised around $10,000. This year they were hoping to raise around $20,000.
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