Terry Kratzmann is running the length of Vancouver Island in support of the KidStart mentoring program.

Campbell River man runs length of Vancouver Island for the kids

Sixty-five-year-old Terry Kratzmann set off Wednesday on his 600-kilometre, tip-to-tip journey from Cape Scott Provincial Park to Mile Zero.

A Campbell River man is spending the month of April running the length of Vancouver Island for at-risk youth.

Sixty-five-year-old Terry Kratzmann set off Wednesday on his 600-kilometre, tip-to-tip journey from Cape Scott Provincial Park to Mile Zero.

The run is in support of KidStart – a program administered by the John Howard Society that connects vulnerable kids with positive adult mentors in three locations across the Island, including in Greater Victoria.

Kratzmann spent three years as a mentor, showing the teen he was matched with a different way of experiencing life, he said.

The highlight of Kratzmann’s time with KidStart came when he accompanied his mentee to meet then-Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Scott Rolen.

“He just couldn’t believe that he was that important that Scott Rolen would take the time for him,” Kratzmann said. “It was incredible.”

His mentee is now too old for the program but he’s remained a good friend of Kratzmann’s.

Kratzmann’s run will finish in Victoria on April 28 with a final 5-K loop, open to runners and walkers of all abilities, starting at 9 a.m. at Mile Zero. Proceeds from the Victoria leg, led by local running legend Jim Finlayson, will benefit KidStart Victoria.

The Greater Victoria branch has made more than 100 mentor matches with kids aged 6- to 17-years-old since the program began in the region five years ago. KidStart is constantly accepting applicants to the program. For more information on becoming a mentor, contact Laurie Chesworth, co-ordinator of volunteers at 250-386-3428 or laurie@johnhoward.victoria.bc.ca.

To register for the KidStart run, or to donate to the effort, visit bit.ly/Hlwz32.

nnorth@saanichnews.com

Just Posted

Saanich mayoral candidates clash over leadership

Mayor Richard Atwell justifies slate, while Coun. Fred Haynes accuses Atwell of disparaging council

Greater Victoria’s real estate market remains strong compared to rest of Canada

Despite cooling, Victoria’s real estate remains a seller’s market, the only one in western Canada

Permit to give deer birth control withheld until consultation with First Nations complete

Complexity of consultation will depend on level of First Nations support for the project

Alcohol and drugs ruled out in serious crash that closed Sooke Rd last week

Two of the three drivers taken to hospital have since been released

Fashion Fridays: Rock some animal print

Kim XO, lets you in on the latest fall fashion trends on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Saanich mayoral candidates prepare for first roundtable

Mayor Richard Atwell and Coun. Fred Haynes will be among four mayoral candidates at Thursday’s forum

Feds launching review of oil tanker traffic in bid to renew pipeline approval

The feds have ordered the National Energy Board to bring recommendations on whether pipeline expansion should proceed

Horvat leads Canucks to 4-3 shootout victory over Kings

Vancouver dumps L.A. in NHL pre-season contest

Update: Search called off for missing plane between Edmonton and Chilliwack

Search efforts were concentrated along the Highway 5 corridor between Valemount and Kamloops

VIDEO: Hundreds line highway as family brings home body of B.C. teen

Northern B.C. showed their support by lining Hwy 16 as Jessica Patrick’s body returned to Smithers.

Why Whistler for ski jumping in 2026? Calgary proposal gets pushback

Calgary 2026 proposes re-using the 2010 ski jumping venue Whistler for that sport and nordic

Despite progress, threat of 232 tariffs dominates NAFTA negotiations

Any deal is seen to require congressional approval before Dec. 1 to survive new Mexican government

B.C. MP Todd Doherty receives award for saving man who collapsed on a plane

Conservative MP was flying from Vancouver to Prince George, B.C., in June last year

Most Read