About 160 runners get “wet and wild” at Hawk Run

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Runners and walkers returned to Holiday Beach Conservation Area again this year and were doused with water along the way.

The “Wet and Wild” Hawk Run was held Sunday morning at the County Road 50 conservation area, with ERCA event planner Alex Denonville stating about 160 runners and walkers took part overall. That figure included the kids’ dash that preceded the run itself.

Runners get drenched with water as they compete in the "Wet & Wild" Hawk Run Aug. 20 at Holiday Beach Conservation Area.

Runners get drenched with water as they compete in the “Wet & Wild” Hawk Run Aug. 20 at Holiday Beach Conservation Area.

At least that many volunteers were on the route itself, spraying runners and walkers with water, throwing buckets of water on them or arranging that they walk through a makeshift tunnel of foam. The Amherstburg Fire Department was also on hand to make sure the participants got wet.

“We have a great group of volunteers,” said Denonville.

Denonville added he was pleased with how the event turned out.

“It was awesome. You couldn’t ask for better weather,” he said. “Holiday Beach is an incredible place to be. It’s all about friends, it’s all about bringing family out. It’s a great event to host.”

ERCA partners with Walkers and Runners From Around the County of Essex (WRACE) and has other area sponsors as well, Denonville noted, with ERCA’s proceeds from the event to stay at Holiday Beach. He noted such projects as the eco-washroom and new cottage that will be soon available for renting as projects done at the site.

Megan and Heather Gagnon cross the finish line at the end of the kids’ dash as part of the "Wet & Wild" Hawk Run held at Holiday Beach Conservation Area Aug. 20.

Megan and Heather Gagnon cross the finish line at the end of the kids’ dash as part of the “Wet & Wild” Hawk Run held at Holiday Beach Conservation Area Aug. 20.

“This is one of the great events that highlight our conservation areas,” Denonville added.

Each participant received a medal and children received water guns as well with a free lunch also offered, thanks to the sponsors. The run/walk itself was 5K and took place within Holiday Beach.

To see the RTT’s photo album on the event, click here.

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