Runners/walkers show ‘True Grit’


TRENTON — North Nova Education Centre honoured one of its own this year during the school’s annual True Grit road race in Trenton Park.

The five- and 10-kilometre races honoured one of the school’s teachers, Wanda McKenna, who showed true grit in the past year facing illness.

The race, originally created to support former NNEC teacher Neil MacKinnon during his bout with cancer usually takes place in the spring each year with students and avid runners in the community always coming out to support being healthy and active.

“It’s our first time doing it in the fall; usually we do it in May,” said Lia Lewis, one of the event organizers. She added that after the success and good weather this year they think they may hold it in the fall in coming years as well.

Each year the planning committee for the race gets together to brainstorm who should be their ambassador who is honoured. This year, Lewis shared why they wanted to choose McKenna.

“It’s people that have faced some sort of adversity this year, that has been a role model,” she said. “Wanda’s been through a lot this year, she’s been through cancer treatments this year and she continued running through the whole thing.”

With more than 80 participants there were more involved in the run this year compared to the previous year, which is just what the organizing committee was hoping for.

“We’re going to keep this up every fall and we want lots of people out,” Lewis said. “Our goal is to keep peoples fitness levels up.”

This year’s True Grit Ambassador Wanda McKenna participated in the event on Sunday in Trenton. (Brimicombe photo)