“Angela is the emotional strength behind it. That’s the way I look at it.”
The course is 3.1 miles and will be patrolled by law enforcement. Participants will have the choice to run or to walk, and people with the three fastest times will earn trophies.
McFetridge said people are welcome to just walk for three or four blocks if they want.
“We’re just hoping to see a lot of local support.”
The event will be held rain or shine, but Bechard noted: “We are hoping for a good, warm day.”
In addition to the 3.1-mile course, there will be a small course laid out on River Street for children who wish to participate.
“We’re going to set little cones up for them, and they can have a little race and the chance to win rewards.”
Bechard feels this will appeal to children who would like to get involved because their dad or mom is participating.
“This event is for all ages.”
It is, after all, for the benefit of three children — and in memory of their mother.
“The Village of Champlain is very community-oriented,” McFetridge said, “and I think this is the same in any small community in the North Country.
“We rally around those who need support.”
HOW TO HELP
Money for Ashley Poissant's children will be raised through registration forms, which participants in the run/walk need to fill out.
The forms cost $5 each and can be obtained at the Village Office on Main Street in Champlain or online at www.vchamplain.com under the Announcements section.
In addition, T-shirts will be sold for $10 each. They can be purchased before or during the event. They feature an image of two runners, along with the year, the date and the words "Ashley's Run/Walk." The T-shirts are available in sizes from small to XXL.