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National Hockey League linesman Steve Barton (left) was joined by Jim Cowan to as he presented a $2,500 donation from the NHL Official's Association to kick off fundraising for the 2021 Beau’s 5K for Ovarian Cancer Canada. Photo by Reid Masson

Registration and fundraising now open for 2021 Beau’s 5K for Ovarian Cancer Canada

National Hockey League linesman Steve Barton was on hand at Beau’s Brewery on Friday, May 7, to kick off fundraising for the 2021 Beau’s 5K for Ovarian Cancer Canada – presenting a donation of $2,500 from the NHL Official’s Association.

Barton was joined by Jim Cowan, the father of Vankleek Hill’s Ashley Courtois (Cowan), whose friends and family started the race when Ashley was diagnosed with the disease in 2015. Ashley passed away from her cancer in 2018, but the event has carried on in honour of her wonderful 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 $205,000 and this year’s event is already off to a great start said organizer Jennifer Beauchesne. In just a few days since the official launch last Friday, the event had already received more than $5,000 in donations.

The 2021 Beau’s 5K for Ovarian Cancer Canada will take place on Saturday, July 3. Organizers are planning for a virtual event, as it is expected social distancing regulations will still be in place. Instead of coming to the brewery, organizers are asking participants to run or walk their 3K, 5K and 10K distances safely, in their own neighbourhoods, or at home.

Entry fee is a $40 tax-deductible donation to Ovarian Cancer Canada. While the run is open to an unlimited number of participants, registering online early is still strongly encouraged, so participants have extra time to raise pledge funds from friends and family.

Registered participants will receive an email when race kits become available. To obtain more information on the 2021 Beau’s 5K for Ovarian Cancer Canada, or to register, enter the following link beaus.ca/ovarianrun/.

Reid Masson

Reid Masson is a graduate of Algonquin College's Journalism Program. He has over 20 years of experience as a staff writer and editor for various newspapers across Canada, including The Ottawa Citizen and Brockville Recorder and Times.

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