Zombie Run nets $34,600
Stephen Uhler/Pembroke Daily Observer/Postmedia Network Tammy Blackmore, left, event coordinator of the fifth annual Zombie Thrill Run, unleashes the runners taking part in the 10 K run of the fundraising event, held Saturday morning. The run raised nearly $34,600, money which will go towards the new Algonquin Trail.
It was a great day to be a zombie.
Or a ghoul, ghost, super hero or a runner trying out a section of Renfrew County's new Algonquin Trail system.
On Saturday morning, hundreds turned out at Algonquin College to take part in the fifth annual Zombie Thrill Run, which event co-ordinator Tammy Blackmore said was their biggest event ever, raising $34,589.
The event was held in memory of Zachary Lapointe.
This year's run was in support of the Algonquin Trail, previously known as the CP Rail corridor. The goal was to raise enough money to add two kilometers of trail onto existing water front trails, which would allow members of the community to actively travel
from Riverside Park towards Petawawa.
Part of this year's run route included a section of this new trail, opened the day before by Renfrew County.
Blackmore was more than pleased with how everything turned out.
“This has been amazing,” she said, and she thanked everyone who made this happen, from the 50 plus volunteers who helped set up and run things including the silent auction, as well as those who took part as zombies along the run route, to the hundreds of participants – more than 700 took part in the family trick or treat family run alone – and the many sponsors who stepped up to help out.
Among the major sponsors were event sponsor Petawawa Toyota, who kicked in $5,000; CP Rail, donating $3,000; Frances Lemke of the Co-operators, who donated $1,400 and was the medal sponsor; the Best Western Pembroke Inn and Conference Centre, who were the t-shirt sponsor at $1,700; Mulvihill Drug Mart, Dave Gareau The Insurance Man, Huckabone Equipment, and Assante Wealth Management (Mark Wheaton), who were each $1,250 sponsors; and SRB Technologies, which donated $500.
“I am grateful to all of them,” Blackmore said.
The first three years of the Zombie Thrill Run had been held at the Best Western Pembroke Inn and Conference Centre, raising money for breast cancer research. The run expanded so much in size in 2016 it was moved downtown to Algonquin College and the waterfront trails.
That year, proceeds went to Carefor’s new mental health wing, set up at their Mackay Centre. Over the previous four years, the run had more than 4000 community participants and volunteers who together raised more than $115,000.
Partnering with the Pembroke Business Improvement Area and Algonquin College Waterfront Campus, the thrills began at the Kiwanis Walkway with a two-kilometre, five-kilometre and 10-kilometre run. Added this year was a three kilometre Poker Walk for seniors.
Festivities kicked off early, starting with the senior's poker walk. At 9:30 a.m., the two-kilometre Trick or Treat Family Fun Run/Walk began, followed by the 10-kilometre run at 10 a.m. and the five-kilometre run begins later at 10:30 a.m.
In addition to the runs, Giant Tiger had its train in operation taking folks downtown. Businesses marked with orange and black balloons had trick-or-treating for the kids. The PBIA also held free pumpkin painting in the Giant Tiger community room.
The fastest runners for the event were as follows:
10 k male - Sean Corrigan, with a time of 36:21;
10 k female - Jennifer Owens, with a time of 50:24;
5 k male - Simon Johnson, with a time of 19:23;
5 k female - Sharon Bell, with a time of 23:51.
The top fundraisers were:
Top five teams:
County of Renfrew Trail Blazers - $1,910
Gallant's Goblins - $255
D.O.A. - $180
Two Toot Thierry - $230
Masters of Horror - $145
Top five individuals:
Steve Woods - $3,287
Brent Dupuis - $700
Craig Kelly - $255
Jennifer Murphy - $230
Debbie Robinson - $230
Top three best costumes, as selected by Zombie thrill Run organizers, were: the Dunlay Family, Star Wars group, and Cops and Robbers.