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Take advantage of early-registration for the Raisin River Footrace

sean Jul 10, 2018 - 1:12pm

The 40th Annual Great Raisin River Footrace is just over a month away, scheduled for Sunday, August 12, in Williamstown.

Early registration for the 11 km and 5 km races, at a discounted rate, is available until July 14, online at

New this year, to mark the event's long tenure, the first 300 participants will receive a commemorative Ed Whitlock medal. 

As well, the footrace convenors Sheila and Wendell Lafave have organized a Saturday evening clinic, where Roger Robinson, who's been described as the "world's best running historian," will talk about Whitlock. He will also draw from his latest book. This session will take place in the ballroom of the Sir John Johnson Manor House, in Williamstown.

The Sunday morning runs (starting at 8:30 a.m.) begin and finish on the grounds of the Manor House. Both the 5 km and 11 km course are out and back along a scenic, flat country road, along the south side of the Raisin River.

A kids fun race is also scheduled. This is a 150-metre event for children under 10 years of age (who are not running the 5 km race). Children will receive a ribbon and a treat. No pre-registration is required.

Entry fees for the 11 km and 5 km events, respectively, are $25 and $20 until July 15, $30 and $25 from July 15 through August 9, and $35 and $30 on race day.

The Lafaves have announced, after 11 years at the helm, this will be their final time organizing the Footrace. New convenors have yet to be confirmed.

39th annual Great Raisin River Foot Race set for Aug. 13

sean Jul 4, 2017 - 10:10am

It's time to start planning for the 39th annual Great Raisin River Foot Race, a highlight of the local running calendar. Once again, the event will be held on the Sunday of Williamstown Fair weekend, starting and finishing from the Sir John Johnson Manor House.

The early-bird entry rate is available until July 14. Fees are $20 for the 11 km race and $15 for the 5 km event. 

Medals are presented to the top five in each age category.

There's also a kids fun run of 150 m. Entry is free, and there are treats for the youngsters afterwards.

More information and registration can be found online here

The 2nd annual Chilly Willy run is coming Saturday, Nov. 5

sean Nov 4, 2016 - 10:54am

The 2nd edition of the Chilly Willy will take place on Saturday, Nov. 5, at 9 a.m., starting and finishing at Williamstown's Sir John Johnson Manor House. 

If you missed out on the online registration, you can still participate in any of the races (half marathon, 10km, 5km) by signing up on-site prior to race time.

For more information, contact the organizers at or 613-347-3206.

Warm chilli will be served up at the finish line.

Among the recent entrants, word has it that the Rebels atom hockey team, it's coaches, and some parents are coming out on Saturday for a friendly competitive 5k.