Sarah Wilmot and her son Miles Wright, 8, take a selfie prior to the fourth annual Great Neighbour Race at Hawrelak Park on Saturday.
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Dozens of people braved the wintery weather Saturday for the fourth annual Great Neighbour Race at Hawrelak Park.The race is in support of Edmonton’s 159 community leagues and raised money for the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues’ (EFCL) 100th-anniversary project which aims to build a community league plaza in the park by 2021.“The plaza will be a space along the lake and the river there and will be a space to acknowledge all the work that leagues have done to build Edmonton over the last 100 years,” said Laura Cunningham-Shpeley, executive director of the EFCL. “We have half a billion dollars of infrastructure due to the volunteers of community leagues to build playgrounds and halls, skating rinks, basketball courts. All of that in Edmonton was built by community leagues and volunteers that have contributed their time and effort.”Cunningham-Shpeley said the plaza would have seating, artwork and history and information about community leagues in Edmonton. The plaza would be located in the southeast corner of the lake and would provide a gathering space for small-scale events.For Saturday’s race, Cunningham-Shpeley said more than 200 people registered, the highest they’ve ever had.The turnout was still good, despite the snow only stopping just before the race began Saturday morning. Between 75 to 100 people, including families, councillors, MLAs and MPs came out for each of the 3k, 5k and 10k runs. “It wasn’t super comfortable so it really drew out the hardcores, the people who are very committed but people still came with their kids and their families,” said Cunningham-Shpeley.“That’s what it’s about, coming together with your neighbours, getting to know people … and doing something fun together.”She said it’s too early to tell how much money has been raised for the community plaza after the race, but in the past, the EFCL has raised about $3,firstname.lastname@example.org