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Willow Creek Wilderness Walk and Run in Fort Macleod seeks funding applications

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Stasha Donahue

A Fort Macleod group is again ready to put its best foot forward in support of a community organization.
The fourth annual Willow Creek Wilderness Walk and Run is set for Saturday, May 28.
This year organizers are asking for expressions of interest from groups that could use a grant from event proceeds to apply.
Previously the organizing committee picked the recipient.
“Now we’re asking the organizations to make their own suggestions,” organizer Stasha Donahue said. “We don’t always know about every group out there. Maybe somebody has a need that we’re not aware of.”
Past recipients of grants chosen by the Willow Creek Wilderness Walk and Run organizing committee were the Empress Theatre Society, Fort Macleod Playground Committee and Fort Macleod Community Initiatives Group fund-raising for the gym at W.A. Day school.
Groups interested in receiving funding from the walk and run must submit a letter by Tuesday, Jan. 19 providing background on their organization and how the money would be spent.
“We would also expect them to volunteer with the event,” Donahue said of activities such as registration and course marshalls.
Last year about 200 walkers and runners took part in the event, which starts near the water treatment plant and makes its way through River Valley Wilderness Park.
The event generated a $1,100 grant for the community initiatives group.
The grant is based on participation numbers, with a portion of each registration fee going to the group.
“Whoever the group is, it’s in their interests to try to recruit and promote participation,” Donahue said.
The route remains the same and includes five- and 10-kilometre courses along with a half marathon.
“People love our trails,” Donahue said. “The people from out of town really love our trails. They are something we should be proud of.”
Letters of application can be sent to willowcreekwildernesswr@gmail.com.
For information call Stasha Donahue at 403-308-0410.

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