Getting Ready for the Long Run

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Our team is lacing up for the Queen City Marathon

When runners take to the streets of Regina this year for the annual Queen City Marathon, Saskatchewan Minerals will be well represented. Five employees are now in training to tackle the 42-kilometre course (26.2 miles) as a relay team, proving that anything can be accomplished with a combined effort.

Running for a Good Cause

The Queen City Marathon raises money for the Leader-Post Raise-a-Reader Campaign. This campaign is designed to increase awareness and raise funds for literacy programs for children throughout southern Saskatchewan. Money raised from the Queen City Marathon goes right back into the community, supporting local child and family literacy programs.

“This charity means a lot to me, personally, and to the employees of Saskatchewan Minerals. Whether or not you struggle with illiteracy or someone you care about does, this problem affects all of us because it affects members of our community — our national community and here at home,” says Accounts Manager Clayton Millar.

“It’s such a great charity,” says Clayton. “It really was extra incentive for us to get involved with this marathon in particular. It is something that affects so many Canadians and it’s something people don’t always feel comfortable talking about.”

Last year, the marathon raised $15,325 for the campaign. “This year, we want to see that double,” says President Rodney McCann of the company’s commitment to being one of the marathon’s most significant corporate donors.

The team’s involvement has created some buzz in Chaplin. “People are excited about it and they are excited to see how we do,” says Clayton. In addition to sponsoring the relay team, Saskatchewan Minerals is donating $5,000 to the campaign and is actively fundraising within its corporate community to raise awareness… and donations.

Clayton is quick to add how appreciative he is of the support this idea has received, both from fellow employees and the company as a whole. “If there is some way for an employee to get involved, to get their name on board, the company wants him or her to do it,” he says.

How it all started

“It started out as a couple of colleagues talking about it at a Christmas party,” says Clayton. “Rodney [McCann] heard us talking and thought, not only was it a good idea, but he would like to get involved as well.” The company decided to come on board and sponsor the team, as well.

Despite being a confessed non-runner, Millar took charge of putting the team together.

“The marathon seemed like a fun way to get people involved, and also promote doing something healthy,” Clayton says. “I am hoping, if we do it again next year, to get more people involved. Even just two teams. Maybe we would have some more friendly competition to inspire people.”

Saskatchewan Minerals Relay Team

September 11 @ 8:00 am

Leg 1 (7k)
Clayton Millar – Accounts Manager

Leg 2 (10.5k)
Brent Avery – General Manager

Leg 3 (11.5k)
Rodney McCann – President

Leg 4 (9.5k)
Brent Hironaka – Chief Financial Officer

Leg 5 (3.5k)
Anita Stettner – Regional Accounts and Logistics Manager

How to be part of the action

Join Saskatchewan Minerals in raising funds for this excellent cause.

The marathon is currently sold out, but there are other ways to get involved. To donate to the run and otherwise get involved, go to the marathon website.

Of course, the team would also love to see supporters at each of the relay points. And if you’d like to get involved in running next year, contact Clayton.