Red Deer Coun. Buck Buchanan and his daughter Nicole Buchanan, Red Deer Public Schools board vice-chair, will participate in the Women’s Fun Run Community Diaper Dash at the Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School track on May 11. Photo by SEAN MCINTOSH/Advocate staff

Red Deer PCN Women’s Fun Run introduces Community Diaper Dash

Central Albertans will make a dash in diapers to bring lunches to students.

Red Deer Coun. Buck Buchanan and his daughter Nicole Buchanan, vice-chair of Red Deer Public Schools board of trustees, will be two of the participants in the eighth annual Red Deer PCN Women’s Fun Run’s newest event, the Community Diaper Dash.

Money raised at the event, which takes place May 11 at the Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School track, will go towards The Mustard Seed’s School Lunch Program.

As a school board trustee, Nicole Buchanan said she knows how important the program is for students.

“It feeds a bunch of our students, so when I heard all the funds were going to The Mustard Seed … I jumped on board right away. I tagged my dad right away to see if he wants to do it,” she said.

Buck Buchanan said it was an easy decision to get involved.

“For such a great cause, going and making a fool of myself for 15 minutes or an hour to raise a little bit of money, is not such a bad thing,” he said.

Val Jensen, race director and event co-ordinator, said the PCN Women’s Fun Run is an important tradition.

“It’s really a celebration of health and wellness for women and raising money for The Mustard Seed … because they’re filling a need that needs to be met,” she said.

Jensen said she’s excited there are already people signed up for the dash, including the Buchanans and Keith Weber of Weber Physio. The goal is to have 10 participants, with a $1,000 minimum entry fee.

“The dash was a late-night inspiration. Fundraising has been very low so far this year because there are so many great causes in the community,” said Jensen.

Community Diaper Dash participants don’t necessarily have to wear the diapers around their waist, she added.

“It could be worn as a hat or a purse. We’re open to absolutely anything,” said Jensen.

Buck Buchanan said he hasn’t put too much thought into how he’ll wear his diaper.

“I’m thinking there may be a quilt involved … but we’ll see.”

His daughter said she is going to leave it up to students at Hunting Hills High School and Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School.

“If they want to make a donation, they can put a suggestion into a bucket and we’ll see what they come up with.”

The Community Diaper Dash will be one of eight events at the PCN Women’s Fun Run. For more information, visit

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The Women’s Fun Run Community Diaper Dash will take place at the Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School track on May 11. The event was officially launched at GoodLife Fitness in Red Deer Wednesday, with the help of Red Deer Public Schools mascots Bandit and Stinger. Photo by SEAN MCINTOSH/Advocate staff

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