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Great Raisin River Footrace goes virtual for 2020

Back in April, with concern over the COVID-19 pandemic continuing, organizers of the 2020 edition of the Great Raisin River Footrace took the unprecedented step of halting registrations for the run, scheduled for August. This week, the group went a step further, cancelling the in-person race and switching to a virtual format instead, as a number of other runs across the region have done.


The 2020 Footrace is the 42nd edition of the run in Williamstown, and again this year, it is being organized by Beyond 21, with Jane McLaren telling me, “We really want to maintain the tradition of this race, but with the COVID-19 cancellations of most events … well, it has been a challenge. So we are going virtual!”

She adds, “The race continues to be a fundraiser in support of The Hub for Beyond 21 Foundation (we provide services for adults with developmental disabilities in S. D. & G.). For more information on the work of Beyond 21, please see their website.

As for the now modified Footrace, participants can walk or run either an 11 km or 5 km distance on August 7, 8, or 9, and then upload their times to the results tracking site.

Registration is ongoing online here.

For your entry, you will receive a custom running buff (first 125 registrants who complete either the 5K or 11K), a handmade race medallion created by Beyond 21 participants (for the first 60 registrants in the 11K only), a virtual race bib, and “bragging rights to say you were a part of history – the only time the Great Raisin River Footrace has run a virtual edition.”

Organizers plan to host a pick up day in Cornwall for buffs and medallions. Those out of town or unable to attend will receive their buffs and medallions by mail. Pick-up and mailing will take place a few weeks after the race weekend.

Organizers not this year there will be no age group / division prizes due to the race being virtual.

More general information on the Great Raisin River Footrace can be found on their Facebook page.

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Cameron, Fraser win Footrace titles

Green Valley’s Jacob Cameron won the 11 km distance of the Great Raisin River Footrace, crossing the finish line in 34 minutes, 22.1 seconds, besting runner-up Todd Piquette by nearly six minutes.

In the 5 km race, Isaac Fraser topped the field, with a best time of 16 minutes, 37.6 seconds, edging out Matthew Houlzet (17:03.9) and Tristan Bombardier (17:38.1).

The top female on the 11 km course was Gabrielle Laframboise (43:50.5), and on the 5 km run it was Zoe McIntosh (20:58.6).

Complete 11 km results can be viewed online here. The 5 km results are available here.

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Great Raisin River Footrace hits Williamstown on Sunday

The 41st annual Great Raisin River Footrace is scheduled for Williamstown, on Sunday, August 11, starting from and finishing at the Sir John Johnson Manor House. For the first time, Beyond 21 is the host of the race.

Online registration is closed, but those who still would like to participate can register bright and early on Sunday morning for either the 5 of 11 km runs. Races begin at 8:30 a.m. Medals will be awarded to the top three in each age category. There’s also a kids fun run of 150 m at 8:15 a.m.

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