The 25th anniversary of the Port Elgin Rotary Huron Shore Run went off without a hitch and the newly-added half-marathon event was a hit with the over 80 runners who took part.
The run on Saturday continued to feature its traditional 3, 5 and 10K runs as well, along with some people walking, rollerblading and there were even two dog teams in the event along with the fun kids run.
Event co-chair John Van Bastelaar says over 300 people took part in the event, raising the most money ever at over $35,000.
Proceeds from the 2013 race will support Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation’s share of the purchase of new state-of-the-art cardiac monitoring equipment for critical care units at the Grey Bruce Regional Hospital in Owen Sound.
Van Bastelaar says over the 25 years of the event over $300,000 has been raised for the Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation.
Sixteen year old Haileigh Duplantis of Port Elgin will be in the history books of the race as the first female overall winner of the half-marathon with a time of 1:44:10.
Duplantis says she's been training since February, hitting the track at her school--Saugeen District Secondary School--where she is a Grade 11 student.
She says she trained three days a week before classes and her goal is an eventual appearance in the Boston Marathon.
Southampton chiropractor Dr. Steve Stracey is about to realize that same dream.
He was the overall winner of the half-marathon in the male category with a time of 1:27:08 and he informs Bayshore Broadcasting that he has qualified to run in next year's Boston Marathon.
Winners of each category of the Huron Shore Run:
Half-Marathon 39 and under:
Female: Haileigh Duplantis, Port Elgin
Male: Dr. Steve Stracey, Southampton
Half Marathon, 40-49
Female: April Woods, Kitchener
Male: Craig Jackson, Kincardine
Half Marathon, 50-59
Female: Jill Roote, Southampton
Male: Malcolm Warner, Port Elgin
Half Marathon, 60+
Female: no entries
Male: Al Edwards, Port Elgin
10K run, 39 and under
Female: Janet Gamble, Owen Sound
Male: Matt Pearson, Meaford
10K run, 40-49
Female: Dianne Misch, Dobbinton
Male: Shawn Mills, Scarborough
10K run, 50-59
Female: Carol Fraser, Owen Sound
Male: Bill Bishop, Owen Sound
10K run, 60+
Female: no entries
Male: Jeremy Wentworth-Stanley, Clarksburg
5K run, 39 and under
Female: Amy Hill, Oakville
Male: Dylan Pust, Durham
5K run, 40-49
Female: Julia Christian, Kincardine
Male: Jeffrey Barrett, Owen Sound
5K run, 50-59
Female: Sandra Wendt, Mildmay
Male: Andrew Pullman, Port Elgin
5K run, 60+
Female: Trish Van Horne, Port Elgin
Male: Don Brisson, Kincardine
3K run, 14 and under
Female: Zoe Shave, Southampton
Male: Issac Bester, Port Elgin