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Marathon races in with biggest donation yet for County’s hospital

Pictured in front of Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital from left, are: Willow the dog, Lynne Ellis, the County Marathon’s Board Chairperson; Mark Henry, Marathon race director; Barbara McConnell, chairperson of the PECMH Foundation and Pat Evans, director on the PECMH Foundation Board. Briar Boyce photo

Community support racing in from County Marathon participants has resulted in a record-breaking donation to the County’s hospital.

Mark Henry, the County Marathon’s race director and Lynne Ellis, the Marathon’s board chairperson presented Barbara McConnell, chairperson of the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation (PECMHF) with $5,500 Wednesday, Nov. 23 bringing this year’s total to $8,000.

The funds were donated by marathoners and community members who pledged support to the hospital foundation as part of the 2022 race. As with other years, each pledged gift was matched by the Marathon.

“The Prince Edward County Marathon is so pleased to be able to make 2022 our biggest donation year ever,” said Henry and Ellis. “Based on the contributions our runners make, we are committed to matching every dollar our runners put forward. This has resulted in a figure significantly larger than any previous year!”

The County Marathon, Half Marathon and new for 2022 the 50 km Ultra, are public events open to runners, walkers and wheeled athletes. The races are Athletics Ontario certified allows it to be a Boston Marathon qualifier race. Certification is based on accurate course measurement and a list of other critical requirements, focused on runner safety.

For the past 19 years the 42.2 km race and 21.1 km race, have taken runners past three lakes, and through three villages while surrounding them with the beautiful autumn colours of Prince Edward County.

“Year in and year out, the foundation raises money to purchase medical equipment for our County hospital and to support regional healthcare, and that is vitally important work,” said McConnell. “It ensures our hospital medical staff continue to have the equipment they need to treat us, their patients, with the excellent care we appreciate so much. I am in awe of groups like the County Marathon committee for their commitment to keeping healthcare in our community strong.

The County Marathon committee has donated more than $23,000 to PECMHF and remains committed to supporting the local hospital and community. The Marathon receives its support from dedicated volunteers, PECI students, businesses, the County’s dairy farmers, and the municipality through the County Foundation.

“Our success this year can’t go without mentioning the Ontario Provincial Police, Prince Edward County staff and facilities, Hastings Prince Edward Emergency Medical Services, Tri and Run Coaching and Doctors Hayward Stewart, and Blanchard all of whom have provided invaluable services in the safe delivery of our events for virtually our entire existence since 2004,” said Ellis.

“We are eager to continue to give back to the community by supporting our local hospital with notable individual donations from runners included Lindsay Evans, James Swinnerton, Karamjit Tind, Jason Gugliotta, Kirk Snider, Amy Quilty, and Kaden Snider.”

The County Marathon is considering hosting its 20th race on Oct. 1, 2023.

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