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Fall Getaway runs raise thousands for Sandbanks, Terry Fox

And they're off for the 22nd annual Fall Getaway and Terry Fox Run at Sandbanks Provincial Park. - Theresa Durning photo

And they’re off for the 22nd annual Fall Getaway and Terry Fox Run at Sandbanks Provincial Park. – Theresa Durning photo

The Friends of Sandbanks and Sandbanks Provincial Park celebrated 22 years of hosting the Sandbanks Fall Getaway 10 km and 5 km Fun Run, as well as The Terry Fox Run, Sunday, at the park.

“It was such a great day and event with a wonderful group of participants,” said Agnese Bortolussi, race director. “We had 209 runners registered for both events and 190 crossed the finish line.”

The participants raised approximately $2,800 for the Friends and about $26,600 for the Terry Fox Run between pledges and donations on the day.

The run started in 1995 as a fundraiser for The Friends of Sandbanks and as a means of attracting tourists. Later it also became an official Terry Fox Run.

“It’s been a great success on both counts. Over the years, we have raised about $16,000 for The Friends of Sandbanks and about $140,000 for The Terry Fox Run through our participants donating and registering their pledges through this event,” said Bortolussi.

The run is a favourite as it is quite flat and takes participants along the scenic shores of Lake Ontario, through Sandbanks Provincial Park.

“The local sponsors who have been so generous with donations and prizes, as well as the friendly volunteers are the real reason why this run is so popular,” says Bortolussi. “Without their help, this just would not be possible.”

Nate St. Romain, 17, who was first over the line for the 5km event, with Agnese Bortolussi, race director. Theresa Durning photo

Nate St. Romain, 17, first over the line for the 5km event, with Agnese Bortolussi, race director. -Theresa Durning photo

Daughter - Mother team of Kathy McAlpine and Abby Terpstra. - Theresa Durning photo

Daughter – Mother team of Abby Terpstra and Kathy McAlpine. – Theresa Durning photo

5km OVERALL RESULTS
1. Nate St. Romain, 17, of Stirling, 17:35.31 #192
2. Bobby Buck, 15, of Belleville, 18:08.25 #191
3. Marshall Heron, 20, of Ajax, 18:42.72 #194

1. Riley Donia, 15, of Belleville, 22:53.81 #128
2. Brooke Trudeau, 24, of Belleville, 23:19.72 #131
3. Joyce Acton, 56, of Westport, 24:02.84 #169

The first three County runners over the line were Peter James, 61, of Picton, in fourth; Aaron Brough, 37, of Ameliasburgh in 13th and Spencer Haennel, 13, of Ameliasburgh, in 15th.

Jerry Vickers, of Belleville and Michael LaRose, of Picton both placed in the top 10 in their age category. - Theresa Durning photo

Jerry Vickers, of Belleville and Michael LaRose, of Picton both placed in the top 10 in their age category. – Theresa Durning photo

Ruth Graham, of Wellington (162) with Susan Harrington, of Bloomfield (182).  -Theresa Durning photo

Ruth Graham, of Wellington (162) with Susan Harrington, of Bloomfield (182). -Theresa Durning photo

10 km OVERALL
1. Matthew Lozano, 18, of Ajax, 36:07.31 #5537
2. Dawson Rowntree, 18, of Belleville 39:41.81 #5538
3. Hayden West, 16, of Stirling, 40:53.41 #5536

1. Monika Castanheiro, 44, of Whitby, #5524
2. Cora Yin, 41, of Whitby, 46:37.72 #5520
3. Amy Simmons, 41, of Whitby 46:57.47 #5516

The first three County runners over the finish line were Gary Boyd, 50, of Wellington, in ninth; Steve Kinney, 40, of Picton, in 22nd and Christa Brough, 36, of Ameliasburgh, in 43rd.

Robert Moore, of Toronto, makes his way to the finish line. - Theresa Durning photo

Robert Moore, of Toronto, makes his way to the finish line. – Theresa Durning photo

A well deserved rest at run's end. - Theresa Durning photo

A well deserved rest at run’s end. – Theresa Durning photo

Full results at http://www.runningbydesign.com/

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