YMCA renames its winter fundraising run to honour the late Peter Adams

'The Peter Adams Winter Run' takes place on February 24, 2019 in Peterborough

Peter Adams finishing the Arctic Marathon in 1979. Adams, who served as both a federal and provincial politician in the riding of Peterborough and was an avid runner, died on September 28, 2018 at the age of 82. (Supplied photo)
Peter Adams finishing the Arctic Marathon in 1979. Adams, who served as both a federal and provincial politician in the riding of Peterborough and was an avid runner, died on September 28, 2018 at the age of 82. (Supplied photo)

The YMCA of Central East Ontario is renaming its annual winter fundraising run “The Peter Adams Winter Run”, in honour of the late politician.

One of the run’s original race directors, Adams was a dedicated and lifelong runner who loved running in downtown Peterborough.

The organization is renaming the race with the approval of Adams’ family.

“Peter continued to run for much of his life, participating in many races, including this one,” says Peter’s wife Jill Adams. “I’m sure he would be absolutely delighted to have his name given to this event.”

The Peter Adams Winter Run will take place on Sunday, February 24, 2019. Online registration is open at ymcaofceo.ca with early bird registration until December 31st.

Participants are encouraged to collect pledges to support the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign. Route details will be made available at a later date.

“Exercising was always a big part of Peter’s life,” says Jill Adams. “From the time that he was a young boy and for as long as he was able, he was always active. He often said that running provided positive direction in his life.

“As a young teen someone at his school saw that he had talent, took him under their wing, and coached him for several years before he went off to university.”

“This was an easy decision for our YMCA and our planning team,” says David Allen, president and CEO of YMCA of Central East Ontario. “We are pleased that Jill and Peter’s family agreed to allow us to honour Peter this way.”

Allen adds that the YMCA intends to make the event more inclusive by providing more opportunities for families, children and youth, corporate teams, seniors, and individuals with special needs to participate.

“Renaming the run and altering the focus of the event aligns with our vision of Strong Kids, Healthy Families, Inclusive Communities,” he says.

The YMCA Strong Kids Campaign helps children, teens, and young adults participate in local YMCA programs they typically wouldn’t have access to due to limited financial resources.

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