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Krista Johnson Memorial Run attracts 1,000

By Sean Chase, The Daily Observer

PEMBROKE - 

It was good weather for close to 1,000 runners and walkers who turned out for the third annual Krista Johnson Memorial Run for Change on Saturday.

Athletes young and old gathered at Pembroke's Riverside Park ready to be challenged by four different types of runs - the 21-kilometre half-marathon, followed by the two-kilometre, five-kilometre and 10-kilometre.

In remarks made before the half-marathon, Laurie Johnson, Krista's mother and organizer of the event, said this event has met the vision that her late daughter had set out.

"My daughter, Krista, was very passionate about youth and women and their physical and mental health," said Johnson. "It would warm her heart to see you all out here."

The course for the memorial run took participants throughout Pembroke but primarily focused on the waterfront area. Johnson reminded the audience that the event was designed so anyone could partake.

"Remember the whole philosophy behind this run is to keep moving," she added.

Money raised from the run supports the Krista Johnson Memorial Foundation. It has assisted such initiatives as the Live it Up-Empowering Young Girls program, the new fitness studio for youth in downtown Pembroke, Columbus House, Fellowes High School scholarships. The foundation has also sponsored youth so they can attend Family and Children's Services Darlene Aikens Memorial Summer Camp.

Krista Johnson, an avid runner and cyclist who was dedicated to her community and promoting physical fitness, founded the Run for Change as a fundraiser for The Grind Youth Group, just one of many works she was involved in. She also established a walk and talk group with seniors, while her Run for Change raised funds for a number of community groups.

Sean Chase is a Daily Observer multimedia journalist



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