The fifth annual Toby Colombe walk and run, in honour of the competitive runner and triathlete from Shallop Cove in St. George's, takes place Saturday.
Colombe was a graduate of Memorial University of Newfoundland who was teaching in the Caribbean, when he was involved in a road accident that took his life in 2007.
It was in the spring of 2010 that race director Dean Simon and Blueberry Festival chair Selina White met to discuss a tribute to Toby. They decided to organize a walk/run in his honour, and his mom came onboard immediately.
Walkers are encouraged to participate in the event, which starts in front of Toby's childhood home in Shallop Cove, and proceeds through the town of St. George's, ending on top of Blueberry Hill, site of the arena and festival grounds.
Participants are bused to the start line from the festival grounds, where registration takes place from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Funds raised will be presented to a student of Appalachia High School who will be studying physical education.
Simon said there are plans in the very early stages to construct a regulation track on Blueberry Hill in Colombe's honor.
Following the event, medals will be awarded to the first place male and female in each of the age categories. In addition, there is a plaque for the overall first place male and female, and the names of each year’s winners are engraved on a permanent plaque.
This year a prize coordinator obtained a dozen larger prizes, which will be part of the draw at the medal presentations after the event.
The male course record is 17:37 set by Adam Snow of St. John's, while the female record is 23:30 by three-time female winner Leah Ash of Corner Brook.