Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 2 : 15 p.m.
Cool running along the bay in L’Orignal
Everyone was hot to trot Saturday morning for the inaugural La Baie Run in L’Orignal.
“That’s a wrap,” said Patrick Lalonde, event organizer, as he congratulated and thanked more than 450 runners, a volunteer force of more than 60, and all the sponsors for their participation over the July 20 weekend. He hopes this run will become an annual event to raise money for the Hawkesbury & District General Hospital Foundation. More than $15,000 was raised from the run. “Very happy, very content,” said Lalonde. “We couldn’t have asked for anything better.”
The humidex had the local temperature in the low- to mid-twenties, early Saturday morning, as runners and walkers, both young and old, signed up and then warmed up for the start of either the 10-kilometre, five-kilometre, or the one-kilometre run through the village and along La Baie Road
“I like to run, and I want to help the hospital,” said Gilles Lacroix of Hawkesbury, regarding his participation in the event. “I’m running with my Gatorade in hand. You just need to go at your own pace, don’t push, and drink lots of water.”
Joey Desjardins, a Hawkesbury athlete who is part of Canada’s national paracycling team, was one of the volunteers for the inaugural La Baie Run. He served as pacer for the 10K run and wheeled out ahead of the crowd, which included his other half, Vanessa Desjardins.
“She’ll win,” Joey Desjardins said, with a grin.
“No,” said Vanessa Desjardins, laughing and noting she still is a beginner with long-distance runs, “but I am hoping to survive it.”
Both agreed they wanted to do something to support the hospital and, Vanessa added, take part in a family weekend event.
“Our three-and-a-half-year-old is going to do the one-kilometre,” said Vanessa Desjardins, with a big smile. “Her first one-kay.”
L’Orignal’s Mélanie Lacroix and Karine Allard support each other during a mutual leg-stretch session before the start of the run.
“It’s for the fun,” said Lacroix, “and also to participate in our home town, and do something for the kids.”