The fourth annual edition of La Baie Run, which was held at L’Orignal Municipal Park on Saturday, July 23, was a huge success, raising $50,000 for the Hawkesbury and District General Hospital (HGH) Foundation.

More than 350 runners and walkers participated in their choice of a 1 km, 5 km, 10 km or half marathon followed by an awards ceremony, live music from 50 PROOF, and free ice cream and coffee offered by Matrix and Totem Roasters. Craft beer was also available on site at the Riverest kiosk.

An annual event organized by a group of generous community volunteers led by Patrick Lalonde, physiotherapist and owner of Lalonde Physio, Geneviève Thibodeau and Sébastien Lalonde, La Baie Run has now raised a total of $100,000 to help bring new specialty services to HGH.

“We are so touched by the community’s phenomenal support of La Baie Run. It was incredible to see so many participants of all ages come to support this wonderful event. Thanks to everyone involved, we are one big step closer to ensuring our loved ones can receive more specialty healthcare services right here in Hawkesbury!” commented Erin Tabakman, Executive Director of the HGH Foundation

This year’s edition was presented by major sponsors, Prescott-Russell Employment Services Center, Green Beaver, Harden, Tulmar, Ivaco Rolling Mills, and the Catherine and Michel Bertrand Family.

The Teams Challenge, a competition which encourages a group of individuals to fundraise together, was won for the second year in a row by Team Tulmar, who raised more than $10,000!

“We are ecstatic with the record results of this year’s La Baie Run and so grateful to the event’s many sponsors, participants and volunteers, who truly came together for our hospital and made the event an amazing success,” said Patrick Lalonde.

The HGH Foundation and ‘There’s No Place Like Home’ Campaign

The HGH Foundation’s mission is to raise funds in order to improve the care and services offered to the community by the Hawkesbury and District General Hospital.

There’s No Place Like Home is an initiative to help provide the highest priority medical equipment so that HGH can add and expand programs and services in key areas such as Orthopedic Surgery, Ophthalmology, Advanced Mammography, Urology, and Endoscopy.