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24-Hour Jam continues support for STARS

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The annual 24-Hour jam at the Old Grouch’s was another great success. The annual event carried on in 2019, beginning the evening on Friday, June 7 and carrying on through the night and morning So far the event has raised about $8,000 and counting for STARS Air Ambulance. The Town of Drumheller also contributed $5,000 to STARS and made the presentation at the event. At the presentation are musician Gord Gundmundson of Sundown, Mary Mullaney of STARS and Drumheller Town Councillor Tony Lacher.


Terry Fox community run returns, volunteers sought

 

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Drumheller will again have a community Terry Fox run after years of absence if some organizers get some help from the community.
    Marshall Gleiser and his sister Michele Keesar of Big Valley and Camrose reached out to the Terry Fox Foundation with an interest to revive the run in honour of their sister, Dixie Reiter, who was born in Drumheller and passed away in 2018 from cancer.
    “We grew up there and we spent the better part of our childhood there so there is a lot of good memories there for us,” said Gleiser.
    The run will return on September 15, 2019. If anyone is interested in volunteering, they can contact Michele at glizey@hotmail.com .

Chambers in top 5 at Banff Marathon

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Local realtor and cyclist Gary Chambers’ competitive drive has seen him branch out into running as he completed his timed running event.
    And he did it in a convincing fashion, placing at the Banff marathon on Sunday, June 16.
    Chambers posted a time of 3:17, good enough for fifth place out of 310 competitors, and 2nd in his category. He was surprised by the result.
    “Especially never having done any formal timed events in a lot of years and having my focus on cycling, I didn’t have much for expectations,” he said. “My goal to just finish and see where I came out in the fields. To be fifth overall out of 310 racers, I was surprised by it for sure.”
    For this race, he didn’t have the technology to help him pace. He laughs when he says his Garmin had a dead battery, so he relied on reading his body to set his personal pace.
    “By the time I worked through the crowd and found my pace, I was up with the lead female runner for about the first 5 kilometres,” he said. “After I left her, I wasn’t certain where I was, I just knew I was very alone so I kept running.”
    He enjoyed the race, especially the beauty of running in the National Park. There maybe more races on the horizons for Chambers.
    “I think for this year I might do another half marathon somewhere just because I have the fitness,” he said. “ I think I will focus on trail running.”
    “There are some events coming up that have a trail running component and then a mountain bike component, which would obviously be right up my alley.
    You won’t see him put away his bike just yet.
    “I’m still a cyclist at heart but when you get to a certain stage you become more adaptive to it. You become more efficient, so it becomes more fun. You can focus less on the pain and more on the enjoyment,” he chuckles.


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