The TRUSU Run 4 Fun Club began operating on campus at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic when we could not gather on campus. Foster Wynne and Olivier Jumeau, both founders of the club, sought to encourage safe social interaction during a time of social isolation and organize members around their passion for running. Consistently, the club has developed innovative and unique ways for members to continue participating and running on and off-campus while giving back to their community.
Last year, TRUSU Run 4 Fun hosted a Virtual Running Challenge where they conducted bi-weekly virtual running challenges for members. These challenges took place on the running app Strava, and members had the opportunity to attempt a pre-chosen segment in and around Kamloops. Wynne and Jumeau, with their dedication to fostering community, ensured they purchased all prizes from local businesses.
It’s no surprise then that TRUSU Run for Fun is back at it again and running for a cause. After participating in the CIBC Run for the Cure on Oct. 3, 2021, dedicated to raising funds for the Canadian Cancer Society, the Run 4 Fun Club was recognized by CIBC as the School Team Winner.
When asked by CIBC why they ran this year Foster Wynne, Founder of the TRUSU Run 4 Fun Club, said, “Almost everyone is affected by cancer. Many of the TRU Run 4 Fun Club members know family, friends, or faculty at Thompson Rivers University who have been affected by this disease. By participating in the CIBC Run for the Cure, we wanted to show our support for those battling Breast Cancer and raise money to fund research at the Canadian Cancer Society. We believe events like the CIBC Run for the Cure spread awareness about this cause and also give those affected by breast cancer hope which is something very powerful!”
There is no doubt that the TRUSU Run 4 Fun is just getting started, and we can’t wait to see what else they get up to this year. Stay tuned by following their Instagram and joining their group on Facebook.