If you missing the excitement of the Raisin River Canoe Race this year, following its cancellation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers have created a virtual experience and invite you to participate in the county tradition.
The challenge is to be creative and take a photo of yourself in a canoe or kayak somewhere within the Raisin River watershed. The image file can then be submitted to the Raisin Region Conservation Authority via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
A special medal, which features a built-in bottle opener, is available to the first 300 entrants.
Your medal can be picked up in person Monday to Friday at Gray’s Creek Marina (marina store), where you will need to show your canoe race photo to the attendant using your own device. Alternately, for $4, the RRCA will mail it you.
The conservation authority reminds you to exercise safety in the creativity of your photo. “We do not condone or encourage dangerous or careless behaviour.”
As well, submitted images imply permission for “the Raisin Region Conservation Authority to repost or reuse the canoe race photo for promotional purposes.”
Williamstown’s Wendell Lafave, a marathoner who’s completed runs in every Canadian province, every U.S. state, and many other places around the world (including Antarctica), finished the Ottawa Virtual Marathon on Sunday.
The event was organized following last month’s cancellation of Race Weekend in the nation’s capital due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The annual Ottawa Marathon is a popular course for many from our region, with some using it as a qualifier for the storied Boston Marathon. The Boston run, along with the St. Lawrence Marathon (Cornwall) are among other 2020 events that have been cancelled.
As described on the Ottawa Virtual Marathon website, organizers have chosen to go virtual this year, extending the participation opportunity through to September 7.
“CANADA’S BIGGEST MARATHON WEEKEND HAS GONE VIRTUAL!”
Athletes are encouraged to “run your race at your pace while adhering to the physical distancing guidelines provided by your local public health agencies … Ottawa Virtual Race Weekend 2020 participants will receive all the amenities of a live, in-person event: a customizable race bib, commemorative finisher medal and T-shirt, option to upload finish times to the Sportstats results platform, plus a few surprises from our event partners.”
Participants will also receive a 50 percent entry fee reduction for the 2021 run, which hopefully will return to the streets of Ottawa.
In addition to the marathon distance, there are shorter runs available (half marathon, 10 km, 5 km, 2 km), as well as a kids run of 1.2 km.