A bib wins a beverage at Highland Yard
|By Lisa Gervais - Editor | June 6, 2019|
Places for People is teaming up with Boshkung Social for the 2019 edition of the Highland Yard.
Jack Russel told Minden Hills council May 30 that the partnership means every registrant presenting a bib at the Water Street establishment will receive a free beer or other beverage after the run.
He said other changes include that they have expanded the age groups for the five and 10K to include 0-9 and 70-plus.
Registration costs have remained the same except for the 2K individual and group fee, which has been increased to $20 and $30 for a group of four.
Last year, more than 350 people registered for the race, which raised more than $20,000.
Russel also shared results of a survey they conducted after the 2018 race. It revealed: the race is most popular for the 40-49 age group (28 per cent); it’s very popular among seasonal residents (57 per cent); and people spend a fair bit of money when they come to the race, with 23 per cent dropping between $100 and $150.
There’s also a high awareness that the race is a fundraiser for Places for People.
Russel added it’s early days, but organizers are considering a special 7K race next year to mark the event’s 50th anniversary. He said the history of the race is that two people working at Camp Onondaga had a bet about who could race the 7K to the Rockcliffe Tavern the fastest in 1970. Highland Yard started in 1971.
Russel said while the Highland Yard is a run for affordable housing, it’s more than about simply providing a shelter.
He provided a testimonial from a tenant named Angie.
“This program is not simply focused on housing the homeless. It focuses on the person and their needs. Places for People takes a genuine interest in who we are and what we need so that one day we can give back to the community.”
Places for People update
John Rogers also provided councillors with an update on Places for People.
“We are poised to take bigger steps toward increasing housing,” he said.
He said one initiative they are working on is becoming a vehicle for social bonds to finance new housing. They are also looking to facilitate development of multi-unit properties. Another aim is smaller units to better reflect local needs.
“Increased density, intensified focus on building community, mixed demographics, and being open to variations in tenure and management,” he said.
Places for People currently operates five properties in Haliburton County
LISA GERVAIS is the editor for The Highlander.