FOR THE HERALD
The thick blanket of snow that fell on the city this week didn't stop local families from enjoying a sunny day outdoors on Saturday.
The Lethbridge Be Fit for Life Centre hosted its annual Winter Amazing Race: Family Edition at Henderson Lake.
"It's a family event for anyone in the city to come out and get active in the winter months," program assistant Amy Fleming said.
Five stations were set up for families to enjoy. Soccer, yoga, tug-of-war, tag and some winter games were just some of the activities the event had to offer.
"Despite the lack of snow and intense southern Alberta wind last year, there were 250 participants in the event. We are looking forward to some great family fun again this year," said Stephanie Wierl of Lethbridge College Be Fit For Life Centre, in advance of the afternoon event.
"Being active outdoors, especially in the winter, is extremely important to our mental health."
Fleming said some families may find it difficult to get out and enjoy the outdoors during the winter months, and that events like the Winter Amazing Race can help alleviate couch-potato syndrome.
"In the winter time people will stay home and get a bit lazy. It's good to get out and enjoy the activities available in your city. It's a beautiful day, you can still get out and play soccer, even if there is still some snow on the ground," said Fleming.
Heather Lewis brought her three-year-old daughter, Jade, to the event and said she jumped at the opportunity to spend a fun Saturday outside.
"It's so sunny and lovely out today. I'm glad we came, because this dose of sunshine is getting us excited for spring, even if there is still snow on the ground," said Lewis.
The grand finale of the event was free hot chocolate and a three-legged race. The winners of the event went home with Hurricanes tickets.
Those who pre-registered for the event had their names put in a draw for an XBox. No one went away empty-handed, anyone who missed pre-registration was given a prize for participation.