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August 12 - Welcome to Regina!

12 August 2009 No Comment

au12-8.jpg August 12, 2009
Stage 43
Wolseley, SK to Regina, SK.

The run started a little later than usual as the teams had advanced further yesterday than planned. However, this meant there was a lot of headaches as this threw everyone off the normal schedule. Nonetheless, the day started about 16 km west of Wolseley with an ardas out in the prairie field of Saskatchewan. From there, the run proceeded towards Regina. Like the previous days, the road seemed endless but our target was the capital of the province. Along the way, we passed Indian Head, a place that got its name from all the Indian head skulls found where tribes were affected by the diseases brought by migrants from Europe to which the natives had no immunity. When the railroad was brought through the area the town was called Indian Head. From there, we continued to Balgonie where we met Regina residents Dalbir Singh and family who brought lunch to the runners. This food was much enjoyed by all those present and it was a struggle to resume the run but this was what we did. At the end of the day, we had reached the city limits of Regina. This was where we stopped as we had to wait until tomorrow according to our permit instructions for a police escort.

In the evening we were invited by the Regina Sikh Society at the local Gurdwara. President Kuldip Singh Sahota came out to greet the runners to the Super 8 motel where we were staying. From there he took us to the Gurdwara where the participants had “tea”. This was followed by a diwan where everyone listened to kirtan and shabads. Then, the GGSCF made a speech explaining why we were doing the run and a slide show presentation to show the progress of the run from July 1st in St. John’s to the city limits of Regina. Many of the sangat donated towards the event and the Gurdwara Committee had been collecting also from the sangat. In total, over $2500 was given by the Gurdwara towards the run. This was then followed by langar which was much enjoyed by all present.

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