Runners assembled in the Rossland Museum parking lot at noon on New Year’s Day to begin the S’no Fun Run.

Is this the last S’no Fun Run?

Former members of the Nooners Jogging Club met at the Rossland Museum on New Year's Day for the S'no Fun Run, perhaps for the last time.

At noon on New Year’s day, former members of the Nooners Jogging Club met up outside of the Rossland Museum for their annual S’no Fun Run.

The run started as a club activity in the ’80s, but continued on after the club dissolved and has taken place the first day of the new year ever since. But this time was different, because this time might be the last time.

The late Graham Kenyon, who passed away in April 2015, was the one who organized the annual event, and standing in the parking lot with nine other participants, Mel Johnson, who took on organizing the run this year, wasn’t sure that the event would continue without him.

Kenyon was a longtime employee of Cominco/Teck Metals Ltd. and an active member of the community who was passionate about the environment. He was also the one who always showed up for the S’no Fun Run with his wife Jill, every year.

“He would come to this event in his underwear and his top hat,” said Johnson.

“Or he’d come in a tuxedo,” added Barb Johnson, Mel’s wife.

Mel and Barb made it to most of the S’no Fun Runs as well.

“Great guy. Was the spirit of this run, kept it going for years and sadly missed,” Leigh Harrison said of Kenyon.

Harrison was an original member of the Nooners Jogging Club, which Kenyon started.

Kenyon was not the only runner missing this year.

Caroline Koban also passed away in 2015 and her husband Wolfgang Koban took part in this year’s run. It was Caroline who first got them involved with the S’no Fun Run, as they were not members of the Nooners club.

“One day Caroline said, ‘Hey let’s go on this thing,’ and off we went,” said Wolfgang. “I don’t know how she actually found out about it.”

That was was six years ago, and Wolfgang has now participated in the run four years, having missed a couple of years when his wife was ill. He said he really enjoys it.

The New Year’s day run has attracted as many as 20 people, but has had far fewer some years.

This year ten runners made their way up the Cascade Highway, going as far as weather and energy would permit and then turning around and heading out to the Rock Cut for the equally traditional post-run hangout.

There were hot drinks, Rickard’s Red, chicken wings and good conversation. Everyone drank a toast to Kenyon and Caroline.

In the midst of the camaraderie, Wolfgang asked, “Same time next year?”

 

Just Posted

Rossland’s farmer’s market is wilting, but organizers hope to spur new growth

12-year-old market considered taking a year off, says manager

Police investigating man’s death in Winlaw

Foul play not established, but major crimes unit is investigating

Rossland Legion supports Skool Aid

Skool Aid assists low-income families in the Lower Columbia

Bilingual child care spaces coming to Castlegar

New daycare opening this summer will teach kids French and English

Motion calls on Rossland city council to recognize ‘climate crisis’

Andy Morel wants to raise awareness of urgent need for action by higher levels of government

Police say it’s “impressive” no arrests were made after Raptors celebrations

Toronto will play the Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors next

Social media giants in hot seat as politicians consider regulations in Ottawa

Committee members will also grill representatives from Facebook, Twitter

Wildfire crews watching for dangerous wind shift in High Level, Alta.

The Chuckegg Creek fire is raging out of control about three kilometres southwest of the town

UN urges Canada to take more vulnerable Mexican migrants from Central America

The request comes as the United States takes a harder line on its Mexican border

Mistrial declared in Jamie Bacon murder plot trial

Bacon was on trial for counselling to commit the murder of Person X

B.C. VIEWS: Money-laundering melodrama made for TV

Public inquiry staged to point fingers before 2021 election

Canadian homebuyers escaping high housing costs by moving to secondary cities

In British Columbia, exurbs have grown in the Hope Valley and Kamloops

Feds lay out proposed new rules for voice, video recorders in locomotives

Transport Canada wants to limit use of recorders to if a crew’s actions led to a crash

Most Read