The roads around Beau’s Brewery in Vankleek Hill will be busy this Saturday (June 25), with the 5K for Ovarian Cancer Canada back as an in-person event for the first time since 2019.

Held in 2020 and 2021 as a virtual run, the 5K for Ovarian Cancer Canada still raised  a total of $53,000 in 2021, bringing the total to more than $250,000 raised since the first run was held in 2015. The 2022 event is combining what worked well virtually, with a return to in-person participation.

The Beau’s 5K for Ovarian Cancer Canada is inspired by Vankleek Hill’s Ashley Courtois (Cowan), whose friends and family started this 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 lost her battle with cancer in 2018, but the race continues to be held in honour of her wonderful strength and spirit, and her love of running.

The Beau’s 5K is a walk or run event, with distances of 3K, 5K or 10K. Entry fee is a $40 tax-deductible donation to Ovarian Cancer Canada.

The 3K and 5K course is an out-and-back on Newton Road, starting from and returning to the brewery. The road is a scenic rural route, a gravel road past farms and homes in Vankleek Hill.  The course is basically flat, save a small hill at the finish line. The 10K course is simply a double out-and-back, for those who want the extra challenge.

More information on this year’s Beau’s 5K for Ovarian Cancer Canada can be found here.