Newton Road will have a new name for one day. On Saturday, July 6, it will be renamed “Ashley’s Way” in honour of the late Ashley Courtois (Cowan), the inspiration behind the annual Beau’s 5K Walk/Run which raises funds for Ovarian Cancer research and patient support. Champlain Township approved the one-day name change at its regular council meeting on June 11.

Last year’s fourth annual event raised more than $70,000.

The Beau’s 5K for Ovarian Cancer Canada is inspired by Vankleek Hill’s Ashley Courteois (Cowan) whose friends and family started the race when Ashley was diagnosed with the disease in 2015. The event started small but grew each year during Ashley’s three-year battle with ovarian cancer. Ashley succumbed to her cancer in 2018, but family, friends and the community continue the race in honour of her indominable strength and spirit, and her love of running. The total money raised by the Beau’s 5K for Ovarian Cancer Canada to date is more than $115,000.

The “Ashley’s Way” sign is ready to go, says one of the event’s lead organizers, Judith Sauvé Roy.

So far, there are 300 runners/walkers registered for the event and she notes that if you sign up by June 20, you receive a souvenir magnet.

A kick-off fundraiser is taking place on Friday, June 21 at the Windsor Tavern. A steak night costs $15 per person, with $2.50 from each meal donated to the cause. You can call 613-678-2122 to reserve your space. The doors open at 5 p.m.

You can register for the event or pledge your support to a participant here:
Note that this year’s event offers 3K or 5Kdistances.