34th annual Rotary Huron Shore Run comes to a successful end

After two years of a COVID hiatus, the 34th Annual Rotary Huron Shore Run was again an in-person event.

                                         Scenic view from the start line
Adam Barfoot (L) and John Divinski kept things moving with the announcing


It was a cold morning at only 7C when the event began with the first race of the half-marathon that began at 7:00 a.m. but the day quickly warmed up (slightly) as the various races took place.


The races included the half-marathon qualifier for marathons, the kids fun race and the 3K, 5K and 10k runs as well as the walk, skate-blade and other non-motorized means, including strollers pushed by parents.

                                          3K,5K,10k and walkers all began precisely at 9:00 a.m.

The annual event this year saw all proceeds going to the local Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation in support of the ‘Bring TOM to Town’ campaign for a new and much-needed CT scanner.

                                                                    The more ‘casual’ participants

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Following the completion of all the races, everyone returned to the Southampton Coliseum for refreshments and the awards presentation.

   Mayor Luke Charbonneau was on        hand to congratulate the winners
Top individual fundraiser Brent Proud

While runners were recognized, so too, were the top fundraisers.  Coming in first place of the individual fundraisers was Brent Proud who raised an incredible $9,390.  “I have used a CT scanner many times,” he said, “so I know how valuable it is for the community.”

The youngest fundraiser was Kai Bailey, who at 11 years of age, raised $470.  Others were Heather Conlin ($750), Jane Harlock ($425), Pat Sanagan ($375) and the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) Southport that raised $3,025, among many others.



Although a final number raised is not yet in, organizers June and John VanBastelaar say they expect the total to reach more than $50,000 for the hospital’s CT scanner campaign.

After 10 years, this is the final year for the VanBastelaars as they are set to retire and move on to other interests.  “We just feel it’s time to pass the torch on to new people,” said June VanBastelaar.