1997 Great Walk
Highlights

20th ANNUAL GREAT WALK - June 7, 1997
GOLD RIVER TO TAHSIS, B.C. - 63.5 KM
"NORTH AMERICA'S TOUGHEST PLEDGE WALK"

This year, 742 people registered, 673 started and 544 finished the GREAT WALK; a record in all three categories!

First 10 GREAT WALKERS to finish:

NameFromTime
GLENN GALBRAITH (tied)Gold River6:00
ROBERT SMITH (tied)Victoria6:00
STEVE HANNAComox6:12
KEN SMYTHECoquitlam6:37
MATT O'BRIENCampbell River6:39
DOUG GREGORYSaanichton6:40
DON FOCKLERComox6:45
JILL GRANTComox6:45
PHIL CORNFORTHVictoria6:46
MIKE KNUDSONNorth Vancouver6:50

According to the information turned in to us at the start line, this year's GREAT WALKERS solicited pledges on behalf of 89 different charities and other worthwhile causes. These pledges total more than $75,000.00

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS were made to the following WALKERS:

AwardNameFromTime
Walker with fastest time (tied)GLENN GALBRAITHGold River6:00
Walker with fastest time (tied)ROBERT SMITHVictoria6:00
First woman finishingJILL GRANTComox6:45
First female youth (13)JESSICA HERRONTahsis9:28
First male youth (16)JUSTIN PAQUINCampbell River10:15
Youngest female finishing (10)BECKY KASKCampbell River15:55
Youngest male finishing (9)JONATHAN PAQUINCampbell River16:00
Oldest female finishing (72)RETA SANDWITHVictoria13:27
Oldest male finishing (75)REV. JIM VEITCHNelson13:00
Last walker finishingKEN PAGNONITahsis19:00

Once again this year special trophies were presented to the 3 GREAT WALKERS who had travelled the furthest to participate in the GREAT WALK: Isabelle Fastre and Rene Vanden Borre from Belgium and Rie Nakia from Japan. As this was the 20th anniversary of the GREAT WALK, we were particularly pleased to welcome former Tahsis residents Bill and Audrey Lore to the finish line. Bill was mayor of Tahsis in 1978 when he founded the GREAT WALK. Bill and Audrey were each presented with honourary GREAT WALK certificates and plaques to mark the occasion.

For more information about the GREAT WALK, please phone or fax 250-934-6570.

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