An article published in July 21 edition of The Kincardine Independent, entitled Run for the fun of it, brought back some wonderful memories for cottager Jenny Feaver, memories that prompted her to reach out to us and tell her story.
Jenny’s mother, Christine Feaver, spent her life enjoying summers in Inverhuron. Staying at the Maxar Inn, a pun on the family name MacIntosh that has a tongue-in-cheek pronunciation of “Mac’s are in”, the cottage was originally built by Christine’s grandfather in 1931 and is now enjoyed by the family’s fifth generation.
Jenny says her mother’s attitude towards life was “just get out there and do it.”
The inaugural year of the Inverhuron Fun Run, 1985, Christine registered and never missed a run, until cancer took her, far too early, in 2012.
“She was always trying to get involved with the community,” said Jenny. “If there was something that needed to be done, she would be there – giving up her time.”
“She loved this place. She spent her childhood here.”
A community cheerleader by nature, Christine was always getting family and neighbours involved, telling them to “get out there. Do your best, get fit and stay active.” She wasn’t a runner, but would speed-walk the trail and in later years, could be seen pushing her grandkids in a stroller.
And now, Jenny, who shares summers at the cottage with her sister, Liz, has taken up the gauntlet and is participating in the run, following the good advice her mother gave her about keeping active and involved.
“It doesn’t matter if you crush the Inverhuron Fun Run and bring back one of the trophies or get distracted mid-run to catch a butterfly or snake,” said Jenny. “The point is to do it. At least that’s what Christine Feaver would say.”
In 2012, a third route had been added to the Fun Run, 6.4 kilometres in length, in addition to the original 3.4 and 10 kilometre routes. Run organizer Dave Jewett contacted Jenny and asked permission to name the trophy for the 6.4 route after Christine.
“A couple of years later, I spoke with Jenny and her sister about honouring their Mom's name on the route 3 trophy,” said Jewett. “They agreed, and eventually in November 2020, the trophy was made to appear as shown in the attached picture. The base is now larger too, with space for many more winners' names to be added over the next several years.”
Jewett hopes that Jenny, who now lives in Calgary, will be in the area in September to present the trophy, and if not, perhaps it can be presented virtually.
Registration is still being accepted for the Inverhuron Fun Run and participants have until midnight on Sept. 7 to complete their virtual run. Contact Jewett at email@example.com for details.
Tammy Lindsay Schneider, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Kincardine Independent