By Lesley Chang

Katie Brougham (in pink) came in third for the grades 7 and 8 1k race, but she was the first grade 7 girl to cross the finish line. At only 11 years old, she loves running and runs for her school. She’s also quite an athlete, active in cross country skiing but her passion is running for her school back in Bowen Island.

Mom Lisa says “The Whistler Spirit Run is a great way for families to get together and a great family weekend get-together overall. We’ve come out to this event in the past two years, and it’s always fun.” Lisa started a running club in Bowen Island called Bowen Island Rock Runners for runners of all ages. Dad John runs with the family and agrees that it’s a good family event and is the motivational force behind the family running. Sister Callie is running next in the grades 9 to 12 category. Despite being sick, Callie’s still running to keep up the family tradition. Callie believes that the Whistler Spirit Run is a great way to meet people and plans to participate next year as well.

In fact, the family’s brought out their pet dog Trixie who looks like she’s having plenty of fun too!