(WALLACEBURG, ON) – The Defiance Running Club in Wallaceburg is holding their 3rd annual WAMBO River Run on Saturday, August 8. The event features a 5K walk, 5K run, 10K run, and a new wheelchair, stroller, and assisted runners division.
“Walkers are welcome,” Mark Childs, president of the club, said the event is not just for runners. “This is our one big run of the year for Wallaceburg and we encourage everybody in Wallaceburg to come out and participate. Bring your friends, grab family members, grab a stroller, bring the kids. It is a very fun family oriented event. Lots of goodies afterwards. Free coffee for anyone that shows up. Runners or people who are just there to watch. It’s truly a well run event and people shouldn’t miss out on it. Give it a try.”
The route begins at Steinhoff Park in Wallaceburg and follows the Sydenham River out to North River Line, to Richardson Line for the 10K, and just where the pavement ends is the 5K turnaround.
“Honestly there are probably a lot of locals that never go out there,” Childs said. “It is a beautiful road. Lots of docks and boats in the water. First thing in the morning, it’s a beautiful place to go for a run.”
Cost to participate in the run is $35, with all the proceeds going towards the Defiance Youth Program.
“It’s a countywide running program that runs for eight weeks,” Childs said. “It has been in the fall, but we are moving the program to the spring. Last year we had over 3,000 participants and we are hoping to grow into 6,000 this year. The program is designed as a stepping stone to get kids involved in any form of physical activity.”
People can register online and, if they do so before July 31, they will receive a t-shirt and a goodie bag. Registration will be taking place the morning of the event as well.
The run is also a part of the CK Running Series.