Record-breaking attendance at 8th annual Groundhog Jog
A record turnout of 97 racers joined 20 volunteers at Peninsula Shores District School (PSDS) in Wiarton, facing the cold to race the 8th annual Groundhog Jog in Wiarton, Feb. 4.
This year’s five kilometre race – put on by Peninsula Adventure Sports Association (PASA) – raised $1,400 for outdoor sport on the Bruce Peninsula.
The fastest male and female were husband and wife Jason and Erica Weppler of Owen Sound at 18 min. 4 sec. (Jason) and 20 min. 43 sec. (Erica).
The quickest masters racer (age 45+) was Ana Dennier of Southampton at 22 min. 21 sec. and the fastest masters male was Andrew Box of nearby Oxenden with a 22 min. 58 sec. time.
There were also an incredible 20 youngsters, ages 6-12, who raced the full distance under an hour. Seven-year-old Brennan Law of Meaford finished with an incredible time of 26 min. 6 sec. There were five other youth very close behind Brennan, including Jolie McKnight of Allenford, the top girl, who raced the 5 kilometres in exactly 32 minutes.
Helping racers along their way were over 20 volunteers including a group of students from the PSDS Phoenix basketball team led by coach Trevor Gilbert, plus a variety of local businesses who donated items.
PASA, in addition to organizing the Groundhog Jog, puts on the Subaru Bruce Peninsula Multisport Race in Wiarton (Aug. 11-12) and the Tobermory Trail Race Weekend (Sept. 23-24). PASA also partners with the Saugeen Paddlers to offer Willie Fast Paddlers – a weekly paddling club – in the summertime.
Julia Sutherland (left), Morgan Sinclair, Jolie McKnight of Rebels Atom C Hockey joined Shine McKnight at Pensinsula Shores District School after completing the Groundhog Jog in Wiarton, Feb. 4.