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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Wet Run for Health Care

Southampton | by John Divinski  

Hundreds raise over 25 thousand dollars during the Rotary Huron Shore Run.

The weather wasn't the greatest but that didn't dampen the spirits of the participants in the 24th annual Rotary Huron Shore Run.

Several hundred people took part in various events Saturday -- included biking, walking, running and rollerblading and the real winner was the Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation.

Event co-chair Ron Moss says they almost doubled last year's take with over 25 thousand dollars collected in pledges.

The money will be used to help the Foundation meet its promise for the regional mammography fundraising campaign.

Moss says the total speaks volumes about the commitment of the people in the community, despite the inclement weather.

One of those taking part was 60 year old Richard Tout of Kincardine.

Tout biked from Kincardine to Southampton to take part in a 15K bike race, followed by a 10K run and he was planning to bike back to Kincardine if the bad weather held off.

He says he likes the addition of the bike race and has always enjoyed the run along the shoreline.

Four of the Saugeen Shores Winterhawks showed up to take part in the 5K run--Trevor Smith, Josh Jackson, Greg Virgo and Brent MacDermid.

Defenceman Trevor Smith takes homes bragging rights beating his three teammates with a time of 22:55.

Event co-chair John Van Bastelaar says they hope to build on the success of the 24th annual with a special event for the 25th anniversary.

Van Bastelaar says they are going to add a half-marathon competition next year, in addition to the events that usually take place.

Also he says, all runners will be chipped next year, meaning their times will be computerized thanks to a chip that will be attached their running shoe.

Complete results for this year can be seen on the Huron Shore Run website at


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