1999 Great Walk
Highlights

22nd ANNUAL GREAT WALK - June 5, 1999
GOLD RIVER TO TAHSIS, B.C. - 63.5 KM
"NORTH AMERICA'S TOUGHEST PLEDGE WALK"

This year, 880 people registered, 803 started and 656 finished the GREAT WALK. This is a record in all three catagories.

The average time for walkers to finish the GREAT WALK was eleven hours and fifty six minutes (11:56)

First 10 GREAT WALKERS to finish:

NameFromTime
Steven RoyerCourtenay4:47
Jack MillerCache Creek5:10
Robert WallCampbell River5:30
Gaela KilgourPowell River5:38
Shawn O'TooleLadysmith5:39
Steve HannaComox5:55
Clifford de SchepperSidney6:10
Michelle SteelLadysmith6:10
Jim WinterCoquitlam6:25
Robert SmithVictoria6:28

A complete ranking list has been posted on our website; www.greatwalk.com


According to the information turned in to us so far, this year's GREAT WALKERS solicited pledges on behalf of 119 different charities and other worthwhile causes. These pledges total more than $95,200.00. The biggest winner was the St. Lawrence Mission Church near Tofino, B.C. with pledges totalling $8,140.00

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS were made to the following WALKERS:

AwardNameFromTime
Walker with fastest timeSteven RoyerCourtenay4:47
First man finishingSteven RoyerCourtenay4:47
First woman finishing **Gaela KilgourPowell River5:38
First female youth (15) **Jessica HerronTahsis8:54
First male youth (16) **Darcy BellQuathiaski Cove7:08
Youngest female finishing (11)Tia WishartComox16:29
Youngest male finishing (10)Stacey BellQuathiaski Cove15:38
Oldest female finishing (72)Elizabeth VosNanaimo15:20
Oldest male finishing (73)John P. ZuikerWhite Rock9:55
Last walker finishingG. Humphries-Loutit Port Alberni17:48
** New records set in 1999.

At the awards ceremony following this years GREAT WALK Lion President and event organizer Betty Ganyo was presented, by Lion District Governor Keith Buchan, the third highest award possible in the Lions International organization. The Lions International Presidents award for leadership. District Governor Buchan praised Betty for her tireless efforts on behalf of the Lions Clubs International.

A new trophy, donated by the Tahsis Chamber of Commerce in remembrance of long-time Tahsis Lions Club member Les Horgas was presented at the awards ceremony. This perpetual trophy, a beautiful hand carved wooden"boot", will serve to record the name of the First Man Finishing each year.

For more information about the GREAT WALK, please phone or fax 250-934-6570 or check out the website at www.greatwalk.com

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