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Runners support hospital despite marathon’s cancellation

Pictured in front of PECM Hospital, from left, are: Mark Henry on behalf of the County Marathon race committee and Briar Boyce, senior development officer of the PECMH Foundation. – Gillian Taylor photo

Community support came running in from County Marathon participants even though there was no race this year.

Mark Henry, on behalf of the County Marathon committee presented Briar Boyce of the PECMH Foundation with $2,500 last week. Part of the funds were collected from participants who donated in anticipation of there being a race in 2020.

“The County Marathon is a great community event supported by many volunteers, businesses and the municipality. It is wonderful that we can continue to give back to the community in a year when the race did not run due to COVID-19 by supporting our local hospital,” said Henry, on behalf of the race committee.

“Donations like this from the County Marathon ensure we can provide the 40,000 patients seen at Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital each year with the best care possible,” said Boyce. “The runners and marathon race committee have demonstrated their commitment to keeping our hospital well equipped for everyone who lives in or visits our community.”

The committee looks forward to hosting a race on Oct. 3, 2021 should the pandemic be behind us by next fall.

To make a gift to the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation this holiday season, call 613-476-1008 ext. 4502 or visit online at To make a gift to help Back the Build for the new County hospital, visit

Eligible donations received before midnight on Thursday, Dec. 31 will receive a 2020 tax receipt.

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