SERENA RUN — The Serena Run for the Family was held Sept. 13 in Saskatoon.

Serena run for the family held

By Annette Bentler

SASKATOON — The drizzle did not dampen the spirits of those who ran or walked in Serena Saskatchewan’s third annual Run for the Family held Sept. 13 in Saskatoon.

Serena is a non-profit network of members that use and teach the symptom-thermal method of Natural Family Planning. It is an effective, co-operative, scientifically based and inexpensive method of Natural Family Planning that can be used to avoid or achieve pregnancy.

The Run for the Family includes both runners and walkers, completing three distances: one, three or five kilometres. Strollers are welcome, with prizes and “goodie bags” adding to the fun of the event for all ages.

Participants Don and Deb Larmour said they were thrilled with the positive family atmosphere of the Run for the Family. Vivid red T-shirts worn by the young and not-so-young during the event commemorated Serena Saskatchewan’s 40th anniversary.

Rob and Leah Sidloski and their family enjoyed the run regardless of the weather. “It is always well organized, and it is great to get out and spend the morning with such fun-loving and good-hearted people. It is so nice that the shorter distances are also offered so our little ones can take part too,” said Leah.

Jerome, Annette and Egan Weiler were refreshed after the run. Annette said that “Serena Run for the Family was a life-affirming, enjoyable event . . . good exercise, fellowship, and fun . . . all for a good cause!”

Cary and Sandy Molyneux and family also really enjoyed being out with many other families. “The weather wasn’t the greatest, but all the smiling faces made for a great morning. We had a lot of fun and it was great to be able to have the stroller with us.”

This event reflects who Serena is — active, vibrant, healthy, and family-friendly, say organizers, expressing appreciation to all the event planners, volunteers, and donors.

Plans are underway for next year’s event.

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