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La Baie Run organizer Patrick Lalonde ran the full 72-kilometre length of the Prescott-Russell with his brother and some friends for La Baie Run in 2020. Here seen after their run are (Left to right): Sebastien Lalonde, Patrick Lalonde, Vallie Lalonde, Michael Lalonde and Jeff Harvey.

Still time to enter La Baie Run to raise funds for Hawkesbury and District General Hospital, United Way

The virtual edition of La Baie Run begins this Friday, July 23, and participants can sign up and complete their runs anytime before July 31 in support of the Hawkesbury and District General Hospital (HGH) Foundation and the United Way East Ontario.

The event – normally based out of L’Orignal Park – is once again virtual in 2021 and organizers are aiming to raise $25,000 for the two charity organizations. Held also as a virtual event in 2020, La Baie Run drew more than 300 participants and raised a total of $20,000 for the HGH Foundation. The initial live edition of the run raised $15,000 in 2019.

La Baie Run race participation kits can be picked up at Sports Experts in Hawkesbury this Thursday, July 22, from 3-8 p.m. There is a limit of 300 kits. Additional participants can still enter and complete their runs by July 31, but will not receive a race kit.

Signing up for the run is easy by just visiting www.labaierun.com. The cost is $40 and runners can enter right up until the final day of July 31.

The event is already well on its way to hitting its fundraising target, says Patrick Lalonde, owner of Lalonde Physio in L’Orignal, one of the organizers of La Baie Run.

“The corporate team challenge has had a lot of entries from local businesses, who have responded to the call to action,” Lalonde said on Monday, July 19. “We are expecting a large influx of entries this week, because it is the last week.”

“The fundraiser is looking very promising in terms of success.”

Lalonde has announced he will run the entire 72-kilometre length of the Prescott-Russell Recreational Trail if the fundraising target of $25,000 is reached. It should not be a difficult time for the avid runner, who ran the full length of the trail after the event in 2020 and recently completed a 110-kilometre run in Gatineau Park.

Participants in the 2021 edition of La Baie Run have options to complete in either 1km, 5km, 10km, half marathon, full marathon or a 72-km ultra course. Distances are monitored using GPS tracking on the runners’ smart phones and once their race is completed times can be uploaded to SportStats, where the results will be included in the event’s final standings.

Participants can complete their walk or run anytime between July 23-31. There will be draws for multiple prizes for everyone taking part.

Originally organized by Lalonde Physio, La Baie Run has grown significantly over the past three years and is now organized by a committee of local volunteers. While the funds from the first two events went solely to the HGH Foundation, organizers have added the United Way East Ontario as a beneficiary of the funds from the 2021 event, along with the hospital foundation.

More information, photos and a complete list of the sponsors for the event can be found by visiting the 2020 La Baie Run Facebook page.

 

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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