Record-break­ing at­ten­dance at 8th an­nual Ground­hog Jog

Wiarton Echo - - NEWS - Leigh Grigg PASA

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.

Gena Van Dorp

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.

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