WILLIAMSTOWN, Ontario – For the first year ever, Beyond 21 will be managing the Great Raisin River Foot Race.
Beyond 21 volunteers have been helping out with the race for a few years, and were asked to take it over by Sheila and Wendell Lafave after they decided to pass the torch.
Taking place on Sunday, Aug. 11, the race has been a feature of the Williamstown Fair weekend for more than 40 years.
Jane McLaren Executive Director of Beyond 21 says that the organization will keep the spirit of the Great Raisin River Foot Race alive.
“Our goal is to maintain the traditions and we are trying to keep it as similar as possible,” she said. “This is a running community and the Great Raisin Region Foot Race really engages that community.”
McLaren cited Beyond 21’s experience running their own race in previous years, the Moon River Run/ Walk and their history of volunteering with the Great Raising River Foot Race as examples of their ability to take on the task ahead.
As with previous years, there will be a 5km and a 11km race, starting at the Sir John Johnson Manor house and proceeding along the south short of the Raisin River through Williamstown.
So far, there have been over 100 registrations for this year’s race.
Some of the money raised by the registration fees will be going to support Beyond 21. Some runners have been working in raising money on their own for the organization.