Rudolph Fun Run to Celebrate 7th Year

Held the last Saturday of every November, planning for the Rudolph Fun Run/Walk is well under way.

Stephanie McBride
Publié le 8 novembre 2016

Runners from last year’s 6th annual Rudolph Fun Run/Walk.

©Ilse Meganck

On the morning of Saturday, November 26th, organizers will host the 7th edition of the annual Rudolph Fun Run. The race will feature distances of 1KM, 2KM, 5KM and 10KM for runners and walkers alike to choose from.

This year, there seems to be an even greater need for Christmas baskets in the area, so this race is a fun way to support this cause. Darlene Legros Schmid

The only prerequisite? That participants don themselves in shades of either red or green, in honour of the holidays. The fundraiser, which has become a bit of a tradition in the Chateauguay Valley, brings the community together for a great cause—to raise funds towards the purchase of Christmas baskets that are handed out to those in need. In 2015 participants and sponsors raised close to $3000—giving the non-profit event a charitable boost. “This year, there seems to be an even greater need for Christmas baskets in the area, so this race is a fun way to support this cause,” explains one of the organizers, Darlene Legros Schmid. Registration will take place the morning of the event beginning at 8:00 A.M. at Ormstown’s Recreation Centre. Entry for each participant is a minimum donation of five dollars.

Traditionally, the race is handled entirely by community volunteers, making it an especially heartfelt effort. In the past, the funds raised have gone to different causes. The second annual run was dedicated to the memory of Yvonne Tannahill, while local charities like Une Affaire de Famille and The Lucky Harvest Project have also benefited from the charitable effort. This year, the Ormstown Lions Club, Huntingdon’s La Bouffe Additionnelle, Franklin Elementary School, as well as the municipality of Howick will be receiving the monies raised from the run, which will go towards brightening the holidays for those who need it most through the presentation of Christmas baskets.

A History

Original organizers Sylvie Guerin and Grace Brown put the Rudolph Fun Run together after attending Montreal’s Santa Shuffle, an event that raises money for the city’s Salvation Army (Three years ago Dewittville’s Darlene Legros Schmid joined the team). Inspired, the duo thought that it would be beneficial to the area to hold their own event. The run, which offers participants the option of running or walking a variation of distances, not only raises funds that are distributed locally, but also brings the community together before the real chill of winter settles in.