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Annual Apple Tree Foundation run or walk to support upgrades to Kings Regional Rehab sensory room

WATERVILLE, NS - The support of the running community will help lead to facility and quality of life improvements for clients of the Kings Regional Rehabilitation Centre (KRRC).

The KRRC in Waterville supports more than 200 clients dealing with a wide range of physical and mental health challenges. Bernie Tracey, chairman of the Apple Tree Foundation’s 5-km run or walk committee, said the proceeds from this year’s event would go toward upgrading the sensory room at the rehab.

This is a comfortable space with special sounds and lighting, providing a multi-sensory experience for clients to reduce agitation and increase awareness and empowerment. Tracey said he feels that this is a very worthwhile cause.

“I always like to see the money being targeted toward some project,” he said.

Some of the Apple Tree Foundation’s other initiatives have included providing funds to build a greenhouse for the clients and to purchase vans or other vehicles for transportation.




Tracey came up with the idea of holding a run or walk as a foundation fundraiser. A neighbour told him about a similar event held in Pugwash and Tracey thought it would be a good way to raise money for the foundation, considering that there isn’t a lot of cost involved. He said they pay for the medals and trophies but the Running Room donates its equipment and a lot of the food is donated.

The 2018 run was the fifth annual event. Tracey said they’ve typically had between 35 and 60 runners and walkers involved.

About an hour prior to the April 29 run, he said the wet weather could impact on the turnout. Although the numbers were down with 31 participants across the various categories, the rain tapered off in time for the 10 a.m. start. Last year’s run was held in colder conditions but drew 58 people.

A passion for running

Roger and Joan Boutilier of Wolfville were among the participants again this year. Joan said they love running and are members of Run Nova Scotia, taking part in events across the province.

“This run is particularly important because it’s to assist a group of people who need our community support,” Joan said.

She thinks it’s wonderful that this year’s run will support upgrades to the sensory room. Joan said she saw an early version of the room several years ago and it’s an important feature of the rehab centre that helps improve quality of life for clients.

Joan, who is visually impaired, said this can be somewhat challenging for a runner. She trains with a friend who helps her navigate around obstacles and her husband helps her a great deal in this regard as well.

“Generally, I find with these runs though if you notify the race director, which we did today, that the people on the corners are particularly vigilant and helpful and I think that’s really important,” Joan said, pointing out that she wouldn’t be able to participate without this assistance from the run volunteers.

“I think it’s important as we lose our facilities to continue to challenge ourselves and do as much as we possibly can.”

Joan said they are very appreciative to the organizers of the race. There is a lot of work involved in staging a fun community event like the Apple Tree Foundation run and walk.

Roger said the number of competitive runs he and Joan take part in have decreased as they’ve increased in age. However, running competitively on at least an intermittent basis still provides a great focus to help guide daily fitness because of the camaraderie involved. All of the participants in the Apple Tree Foundation event encourage each other regardless of their place in the pack.

He said raising funds for the sensory room upgrades is a great cause. His father was one of the construction workers involved in building the first rehab centre, so “anything that builds on dad’s legacy and helps others to fulfill their capacities as individuals, we’re keen on that.”

The Boutilier’s weren’t overly concerned about the rainy conditions. Roger said a light rain could actually be quite refreshing. Joan pointed out that the rain cools you down and the last thing you want is to get overheated. She achieved her fastest time during an event in Halifax during a downpour.

Roger said they owe everything that they are as runners to the Hurting Buckos Running Club and president Tom Ross of Middleton.

Roger was in the news in 2009 when, with the support of the club and his family and friends, he marked his retirement from teaching at Middleton Regional High School with a 65-km run home to Wolfville. This is roughly the equivalent of a full and half marathon together, a feat that took him about 8.5 hours to complete.


Overall Winners

  • Ben Brown (wheelchair racer): 12:26
  • Female: Ila Gurney: 24:13
  • Male: Stan Sarty: 23:35

Categories and times


15 & Under

  • Ila Gurney 24:13
  • Carmen Glavine 26:35
  • Haley Stewart 35:16
  • Hannah Huntley 41:08


  • Halley Seguin 29:20
  • Shana Vidito 32:22
  • Holly Edgar 39:19


  • Robin MacLean 25:07
  • Rebecca Daniels 27:20
  • Stacy-Ann Reid 27:49
  • Courtney Lunn 31:23


  • Janis Noseworthy 26:54
  • Megan Todd 29:04
  • Michelle Park 35:50


  • Linda Fulton-Burgess 29:26
  • Jo-Anne Kobelt 33:20


  • Wanda Blackburn 26:03
  • Joy Gates 27:07
  • Brenda Upton 32:00
  • Joan Boutilier 48:26

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15 & Under (no entries)

16-29 (no entries)


  • Ben Brown (wheelchair racer) 12:26
  • Andrew Stewart 35:17
  • John Bowen 35:29


  • Stan Sarty 23:35 (with daughter Amberley)
  • Dean Gurney 26:36
  • Darcy Huntley 41:07


  • Russell Burgess 23:35


  • Leo Glavine 26:58
  • Louis Beaudoin 30:08
  • Roger Boutilier 33:57

70+ (No entries)

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