This edition of Glengarry Scene could substitute for an edition of Runners’ Digest. That’s because last weekend, there were two different runs that took place right here in Glengarry.
The first one, on Saturday, was the Community Living Glengarry Run, which saw 178 people participate in the five-km run and 79 in the shorter onekm course. Green Valley’s Jacob Cameron, whose likeness appears on the front page of this issue, placed first in the five-km event with a time of 16:00. His father, Jeff Lapierre, placed second and Alexandria’s Erick Nielsen came in third. In the women’s 5K, Alexandria’s Riley Filion placed first at 22:04:7, followed by Lynne Giroux from Cornwall in second place and Roxanne Séguin from Alexandria in third place. In the 1 km run, Justin Morris from Hawkesbury came in first with a time of 3.55.7.
In the North Glengarry challenge among CAO Daniel Gagnon, Deputy Mayor Jamie MacDonald and Coun. Jacques Massie, Mr. Gagnon had the best time at 27:16 and was followed by Mr. MacDonald in second place, and Mr. Massie coming in third. Mr. Gagnon said that getting over the two big hills near the RARE recycling plant was the biggest challenge.
Event co- ordinator Sophie Ranger was thrilled with the outcome, saying: "I am absolutely overwhelmed with pride and joy. Never did I expect such a turnout. I surrounded myself with great leaders and it paid off. The community came together for a great cause and I am hoping that the event will grow.”
CLG board chair Daniel Giroux who also took part in the 5 km run said the event turned out better than he expected: “I’m quite impressed with the amount of people who came out for this. Hats off to the town. It’s amazing how many kids are participating,”
Glengarry- Prescott- Russell MPP Grant Crack also took part in the run. As part of the opening speeches for the event, CLG added a thank you to the Barbara family members of Alexandria for their support.
Although the run brought in a little bit of money, its main purpose was to celebrate Community Living Glengarry’s 50th anniversary and to raise awareness about the work it does.
Terry Fox Run
And of course, how can we forget the annual Terry Fox Run which, once again, took place at Island Park in Alexandria on Sunday.
We don’t know how much was raised altogether but organizer Doug Boeckh tells us that money is still coming in online and he expects the total will be a little over $9,000.
“It’s down from other years but every little bit helps in our fight against this awful disease,” he said.
Mr. Boeckh says that the Canada Army Run in Ottawa, which raises money for Canadian troops, was also held on Sunday and that could be a reason for the less than normal turnout.
In any case, he says Sunday was still a great day for the Terry Fox Run. About 85 people turned out so they could walk, run, or cycle in memory of Terry Fox.
Mr. Boeck says one of Sunday’s highlights was accompanying Jeanette MacKinlay, 83, who was participating in the event for the fourth time.
Recently, we had occasion to attend an appreciation event for the volunteers of the Williamstown Fair. Said event took place at the fairgrounds themselves and it included free drinks, cake and a time to socialize.
Event organizers Rick and Lise Marvell told us the appreciation event is now in its 10th year. About 100 volunteers showed up for it even though Mr. Marvell estimates the fair makes use of some 250 volunteers.
“There would be no fair without these volunteers,” he said.
Perhaps we should end this edition of Glengarry Scene by talking about yet another fundraising walk. The second annual Neon Nights fundraiser for Childhood Cancer research took place at Holy Trinity Secondary School in South Glengarry on Sept. 9 and, according to Byron James, the senior manager of Eastern Ontario’s Canadian Cancer Society, the event raised about $4,300.
Even so, Mr. James told us this event, where participants dress in bright neon clothes and walk around the school to the accompaniment of loud upbeat music, is not just about raising money, it’s also about offering a sense of community.
Much of the funds were raised through the $40 registration fee. Mr. James told us that a lot of parents who have children undergoing cancer treatment can’t even afford to pay that but were still hoping to attend the event just to get some encouragement.
At Neon Nights, we met Cheryl Tourangeau, mother of Alex, 13, who was diagnosed
with T-cell leukemia in July of 2014 and will finish chemotherapy treatments on Nov. 7. Just before the walk began, Alex, along with several other youngsters, had his photograph taken with superheros like Deadpool, Spiderman and Harley Quinn.
Mr. James offered some words of encouragement when he said that when it comes to beating cancer, children have better odds than anyone else.
BIRTHDAY WISHES: Agnes Campbell celebrated her 100th birthday at the Metcalfe Centre in Maxville on Sept. 17. She is shown with her family - daughter Mary Campbell, left, son Glen Campbell, left centre, son David Campbell, centre right, and David's...
CLG RUN: The top men’s 5-km runners with the best score are Jacob Cameron (centre) in first place, his father Jeff Lapierre (left) from Green Valley in second place and Eric Nielsen (right) from Alexandria who came in third, at the Community Living...
IN STEP FOR TERRY: Candice McIntosh from Maxville gets in the groove for the Alexandria Terry Fox Run Sunday, September 18 at Island Park.
IN BLACK AND WHITE: Rick and Lise Marvell had a message for the Williamstown Fair volunteers at a recent appreciation event.