5K “obstacle mud run” raises cash for Canadian Cancer Society



Grapes of Wrath1By Ron Giofu


As cancer patients face many challenges while battling the disease, the Canadian Cancer Society and Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery put out a few more for those fundraising.

The first-ever 5K obstacle mud run known as the “Grapes of Wrath” was held on a blustery day Saturday at the Amherstburg-based winery with funds being split between two causes the Canadian Cancer Society, the first being the local transportation program.

“The other half is going to childhood cancer programs so we don’t have to lose anymore children,” said  Canadian Cancer Society fundraising co-ordinator Paula Talbot.

Over 400 people signed up for the “Grapes of Wrath” with at least $40,000 raised. Due to the fact cancer patients face challenges during treatment, the obstacle mud run was also to show support for them.

Obstacles included mud, water, sand and grapes, the latter seeing participants have to go through two vats of grapes. People also had to climb objects and crawl through pipes to get to the finish line.

“We’re very thankful to Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery for hosting us,” said Talbot. “People are loving being in the vineyard.”

David Atkinson, a Halifax resident travelling coast-to-coast hitting as many Canadian Cancer Society locations as possible, said he had to participate in the Grapes of Wrath once he was aware it was going on. While in Windsor visiting an uncle, he said he knew he had to take part in the Grapes of Wrath.

“I’ve never been down here before,” he said, noting he will soon head to Northern Ontario.

On the road for over five months now, Atkinson added he will spend the next 1-1/2 years getting to Vancouver in order to “make a difference while touring what is in my opinion the world’s greatest country.”

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