Rotary Huron Shore Run 2024 draws a record number of participants

The weather was perfect as almost 1,000 runners and walkers registered for the 36th annual Rotary Huron Shores 2024 Run fundraiser held in Southampton (Saugeen Shores) on June 1st.

The event that began at the historic Walker House in Southampton followed a scenic route along the Lake Huron shoreline and featured 3km,5km, 10km and half marathon distances, with the half-marathon being a class AA ‘race’ accredited by Athletics Ontario.

Participants of all ages came from across Ontario and many from the United States to take part in what has become a favourite for runners and walkers.

Not only a fun community event but one that promotes active living, inspires the community to get involved, and raises money for local non-profit organizations such as the local Saugeen Memorial Hospital, Saugeen Track & Field Club and local Rotary Clubs.  Participants were encouraged to raise funds through pledges and, as yet, a total has not yet been determined.  Total fundraising spot was held by Barry Kruisselbrink of Barry’s Construction who raised $2,232.

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Former founders of the event, John and June Van Bastelaar were recognized for their dedication and commitment to the event.  “When we started, there were only about 100 participants and now it has grown to almost 1,000 with runners from all over Ontario and beyond.  It is amazing to see how it has grown,” said John Van Bastelaar.

Following the run/walk, everyone returned to the Southampton Coliseum (arena) where they were treated to lunch along with various prizes and formal recognitions that were given to top fundraisers, and the top three participants in each age category for all the runs.  There was also the Kids Fun Zone, cold beverages from Three Sheets Brewing, West Coast Catering for snacks and Refresh Smoothies for tasty fruit drinks.

The half marathon winners were Anna Carruthers (1st), Monika Bolejszo (2nd) and Brianna Cavan (3rd) for female runners and Brandon Guild of Guelph for the men’s with (R) Patrick Steiber 2nd and Matt Beaupariant of Owen Sound 3rd.

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               Chantry Centre volunteers handed out delicious sandwiches donated by the Walker House