RECAP: Modo’s first-ever Community Fair, at the Modo 8k!
A bird’s eye view of the Modo Community Fair. (Photo by Farrell Segall)
As we look back at the resounding success of the recent Modo Spring Run-Off 8k (aka Modo 8k), there’s one aspect of the big event for which we were most grateful: the community.
While working with the footrace organizers – Alan, Kirk, Clif and Tom at Canada Running Series – we were grateful to have collaborators with whom we could share a common goal: to rally runners and fans around the theme of the Healthy, Connected City.
The Canada Running Series team and Modo’s Marketing team plus a couple of Modo’s awesome member-volunteers. (Photo above and all photos below by Trevor Jansen)
Bringing hundreds of people together into a common space as grand as Stanley Park on a beautiful, sunny spring day to push themselves collectively towards a shared fitness goal, the seeds for a healthy city were planted… but how would we continue to connect beyond the race course?
Enter our first-ever Modo Community Fair, featuring Modo and our generous Community Partners inside the Stanley Park Pavilion. Representing facets of healthy, connected city life – from local agriculture to encouraging youth to engage with their communities – our Community Partners lit up the ballroom that morning for runners (and their friends, families and fans) to enjoy before, during and after the Modo 8k.
Heather Harvey for HUB at the at the Modo Community Fair Photo Booth.
Heather from HUB: Your Cycling Connection flipped her bike upside on a table to show eager on-lookers how to clean a chain, tighten brakes and change a bike tire. Sam from Victory Gardens taught gardener wannabes how to make paper pots for seed starts. Farrell from Maker Mobile led kids, young and old, through a fun, interactive game to learn how electrical circuits work, while a robotic arm drew pictures on an big board behind him. Jen from Vancouver Farmers Markets signed up new members to take advantage of discounts and perks at the various markets throughout the year. Steve from the Vancouver Tool Library also signed up new members to the member-owned co-op. The students from the Modo 8k charity partner, Take a Hike Foundation, gave out fresh organic apples from Klippers Organics and sold burger-n-beer specials by donation. Modo also had a booth, where folks could learn about carsharing and a special promotional offer for runners of the race.
Plus, a Photo Booth was set up for individuals and groups to get their picture snapped by Trevor Jansen, while his social media sidekick Marina LeClair captured video and additional shots around the pavilion.
Meanwhile, a DJ played and runners enjoyed the free food and snacks from various sponsors as they circulated throughout the venue.
Big ups for Green Chair Recycling!
A huge thanks to all the AWESOME volunteers from Green Chair Recycling who diligently ensured that all waste was recycled or compost. It was a huge relief to know we could count on this enthusiastic crew of youth to keep the already paperless event’s footprint even lighter. You guys rock!
Modo member-volunteer extraordinaire: Elinor! Not only did she volunteer before and after the race, but she even RAN the race as well!
On that note, so do Modo’s member-volunteers, who came out in force to support the big event. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and experience with potential new members, you wonderful people you!
For more info on any of our Partners and their local organizations, check out this linked list below!
- Vancouver Farmers Markets
- Vancouver Tool Library
- HUB: Your Cycling Connection
- Victory Gardens
- The Maker Mobile
- Take a Hike Foundation
Find more photos from our Photo Booth on the Modo Facebook Page!