Runners came out to show their support for the fifth annual Dash for Diabetes Race, 850 of them, and event director Jack Minacs was thrilled.

“We raised over $20,000 for Diabetes Canada,” he said. “We have more than doubled our participation and fundraising. It would not have been possible without the support of our sponsors. I am so grateful for the support of our community through the participation of our runners and walkers as well as our many volunteers.”

The race had 446 participants on the five-kilometre loop and 392 kids on the one-kilometre course, up from 222 kids last year. Some town representatives were also in attendance, including councillors Rick Upton and Iain Lovatt.

“I’ve been a proud supporter of Jack since he first came to council to tell us about the Dash. The cause became very personal last year when I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Thankfully with the help of my doctor, diet and consistently working out, I’ve been able to reverse it This is a great event for Stouffville that I hope will only continue to grow,” said Lovatt.

The event was started in Stouffville in 2014 by the Minacs family to support the millions of Canadians who live with diabetes. Their eldest daughter, Sarah, now 18, has been living with Type 1 diabetes since the age of 12. In the first year of her diagnosis, she attended D-Camps, a kids summer camp run by Diabetes Canada that provided her with so much support and encouragement, her family was inspired to do something to give back. All funds raised from the event go to Diabetes Canada to help support the nine million Canadians living with diabetes or pre-diabetes. In the previous four dash events, the Stouffville community has raised more $100,000 for Diabetes Canada.

“Tiny Seedlings covered the entry fees of all the kids in the one-kilometre race,” noted Minacs. “We could not have done it without them.”

Runners take off for the 5K portion of the Dash for Diabetes Race

The King family: Rodney, Cassandra, Jennifer and Margaret have made this race an annual family event since its inception.

Race Director Jack Minacs, and Councillors Rick Upton and Iain Lovatt have some fun in support of Diabetes Canada

Main photo:  Jacob Rowan, winner of the 10-12-year-old category, crashes through the finish line between Councillor Iain Lovatt and race director Jack Minacs.  Julie Williams photo