Participants fill up every spot at Melfort Multi-K

MELFORT — The Melfort Multi-K held its 9th annual run, filling up every spot for a total of about 575 racers.

“We’ve never had that happen so that was a pretty cool thing,” said Allison Rogers, race director. “We filled up our 21 k, which was kind of our dwindling event and we had 50 people register this year.”

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Rogers said seeing this makes her feel awesome.

“It just means we keep growing and growing and next year we’ll up those numbers even more for the 10 year.”

Oliver White won the children’s 1 k this year. White is 9 years old.

He said he felt “really, really happy and surprised” to win.

“I race a lot in school with all my friends,” White said. “Like, every day.”

This year’s Multi-K had a unique change to their medals.

“We had a committee member’s son design them this year,” Rogers said. “What it sort of turned into is we’re going to do a contest next year where you can submit your own drawing and we’ll pick one of the drawings for the 10 year.”

Rogers said there will be no theme next year, with the committee looking for any design that catches their eye.

Hayden Gendall, this year’s medal designer, said he doesn’t deserve all the credit.

“I just saw my dad designing it and I was like, ‘it would be cool if you did scenes from around Melfort and added the northern lights in the background,’” Hayden said.

His father, Jeff Gendall, incorporated his idea, resulting in a medal showcasing Melfort.

“It’s cool, pretty special and unique. Not everybody gets the chance to help design a medal,” Hayden said.

“I just thought it would look cool to display Melfort.”

The Melfort Multi-K took place on Sept. 21.

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