Huron Shore Run 2016 a resounding success
by Tiffany Wilson

June 7, 2016

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Ready, Set, Go!
Saugeen Shores PLAY Network organized the free 800M run for children eight and under

... and they're off!
At 8:00 a.m. sharp, the half marathon runners & walkers began their 21Km run

The weather couldn't have been any better than it was on June 4th, 2016, for the 28th annual Rotary Huron Shores Run in Southampton, ON. The growing event saw more than 650 participants take part in either a Kids' Fun Run, 3k, 5k, or 10k runs or a half marathon walk and run along the beautiful shores of Lake Huron.

The run raises funds for the local Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation, Rotary projects and the Saugeen Track & Field Club. A final number has yet to be determined, however, event organizer John Van Bastelaar said in an interview after the run that they have raised $50,000 and counting.

June & John Van Bastelaar

“Our main focus was to make sure people were having fun,” said Van Bastelaar. 

“This donation today will exceed our $2.9 million target for the local Hospital Fundraising Campaign, so thank you all very much!” added Hospital Fundraising Campaign Chair Tony Sheard.

Tony Sheard

This year’s top three individuals that pledged the most money were Sarah Putnam with $1,815, Geordie Farrell with $2,500 and Marlene McFarlane with $3,700.

This year’s top three teams that pledged the most money were CFUW Southport with $700, Scotia Bank with $2,920 and the Walker House Restaurant with $6,105.

To commemorate Canada's Tom Longboat Day, the Rotary Huron Shore Run opened the day with dancers and drummers of Saugeen First Nation in prayer at the Southampton Coliseum.

They then led the runners and walkers down High Street where the run began.

First Nation drummers

"One of the big things I really enjoyed this year was the two communities, Saugeen First Nation and Saugeen Shores getting together to recognize Tom Longboat," Van Bastelaar added.

Before the half-marathon, Saugeen First Nation Band Administrator Allen Deleary shared with the crowd how Tom Longboat (First Nation's name Kakwe.ik…meaning Everything) has impacted the way runners train today.

Allen Deleary

“His training regime was train hard, train moderately to easy and then rest the body….his promoters thought he was lazy, but now we know as many of you as runners do today, you train hard, you train moderate to easy, then rest the body. You can thank Tom Longboat for being on his game 115 years ago setting the standard of how we train today,” Deleary explained.

Holly Vanderzwet, owner of Fitness Corner, led everyone in a warm-up prior to the run

The runners of the 3K run were a serious bunch!

Many also took part in the 5K walk

First time runner, 12-year-old Mackenzie Kuntz of Kincardine ran 3k in 14 minutes with seven-year-old sister, Gabrielle Kuntz catching up and crossing the finishing line with her.

Mackenzie and Gabrielle Kuntz

“I ran today because my mom and I do a couple of runs a year together and it’s also right before my school’s track and field so it’s kind of last minute training,” Kuntz added.


The Rotary Huron Shores Run gets the whole family out and active! Jason Flood (L) who “was parenting for the day,” said Sarah Flood who ran the half marathon. Three-year-old Parker and five-year-old Lila ran in the Kids' Fun Run and 10-year-old Heidi ran 3k. 

Tracey Weber and Angie Alexander of Listowel before running the half marathon

Giving themselves the thumbs-up before running were (l to r) 11-year-old Logan Sayers who ran 5k, nine-year-old James Wheeler who ran 3k and nine-year-old Maxx Sayers who also ran 5k. 

The 4th annual Health and Wellness Fair also took place at the Southampton Coliseum Saturday (June 4) in partnership with the Rotary Huron Shores Run. The fair, organized by the Town of Saugeen Shores, brought health professionals, healing services, live demonstrations and much more, together so the public could learn what services Saugeen Shores has to offer.

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Mayor Mike Smith was there with his 2 1/2 year-old grandson Daxton Hull - they were there to cheer on Daxton's Mom, Becky

Some chose to rollerblade the course

10Km runner Katrina Wilken with her two-year-old twins, Owen and Charlotte Wilken

Seven-year-old Nathan Haladil from Owen Sound came 1st in the 800M Kids' Fun Run. It was his very first race!

Jessica Linthorne of Owen Sound crossed the finish line with her four-year-old son Fisher

10Km runner Matt Barfoot of Port Elgin crosses the finish line with his son who completed the 800M Kids' Fun Run

It was two thumbs up by William Weist (12) of Ajax as he came in 1st in the 3K run with a time of 12:02 minutes

Mitchell Belford (24) of Wasaga Beach came in 1st in the Men's category for the half marathon with a time of 1:17:48

A personal best!

Port Elgin's Wismer House owner, Jeff Carver finished the 5K in 22:38 minutes



Jodi McDonald of Southampton celebrated conquering the half marathon with a hug for James ChinYut of Southampton who ran the 5K



At 81 years young, Tony Marriott of Port Elgin ran the 5K in 33:12 minutes!



Guy Gallant traveled from Nova Scotia to run in the 5K with Saugeen Shores runner Mandy Kent



The 'Fabulous 4' completed the 5K walk ... (L-R)

LouAnne Kuntz (Kincardine), Jan Kerr (Orangeville) Jan Paton (Southampton) and Carly Furniss (Owen Sound) 


The Run wrapped-up with an awards ceremony and a lunch for participants.


For more information or race results, visit www.rotaryrun.net



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