Runners raise funds for local causes


Approximately 800 people of all ages participated in the 2019 Rotary Huron Shore Run on Saturday, June 1st in Southampton (Saugeen Shores).

The ‘Run, Walk or Roll’ event takes place along the scenic shoreline of Lake Huron between Southampton and Port Elgin the first weekend in June each year.

From 3km, 5km and 10km to a half marathon, the first participants, the ‘Walkers’, started the day off at 7:00 a.m. followed by the half marathoners.

                                              Holly Vanderzwet warms up the runners

With more than 120 youngsters in age from two to 12, the Kids’ Fun Run was one of the most popular runs of the day.  Parents, grandparents and kids all took part in the Fun Run.






The annual event is a major fundraiser for the local Saugeen Memorial Hospital, the Port Elgin and Southampton Rotary Clubs and the Saugeen Track & Field Club (STFC).  The hospital receives 70 per cent, each Rotary Club receives 10 per cent and STFC receive 10 per cent of all proceeds raised.

Runners came from as far away as Paris, France, Scotland, San Francisco as well as across Canada and the U.S.

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Following the runs, participants gathered at the local Southampton Coliseum Annex to take in the Saugeen Shores sponsored Wellness Fair and also to accept the various awards for their participation and fundraising efforts.







     Core Organizing Committee – Dave Dennier, June and John Van                  Bastelaar, Brent Wheeler,Doug Gordon, Matt Barfoot

Throughout the ‘race-end’ ceremonies participants were not only recognized for their run placements but also for the funds that they raised in individual and team levels for the local causes.

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     Sophie Caudle (yellow) with her entire family said that they will turn it into an annual FAMILY AFFAIR

A final total raised is still to be determined.