Epilepsy Southwestern Ontario

Seventh annual McGregor Mug Run a huge success



By Christian Bouchard


The seventh annual McGregor Mug Run and International Beer Festival saw nearly 300 runners flock to Co-An Park Saturday to run and raise awareness for Epilepsy Southwestern Ontario.

Runners had a choice of running either 5km or 10km, with both distances being half road course through town and the other half being on a greenway trail.

From left to right: Joaquim Lourenco, Andrew Aguanno, Michael Gamberta, Ivo Oljacic and Tyler Rowles compete in the seventh annual McGregor Mug Run and International Beer Festival race at Co-An Park in McGregor.

According to Ryan Raymond, event coordinator, the event is now in its seventh year and has seen tremendous growth over the years.

“The first year we had about 40 people and it was all family as they felt like they had to come out to support me,” said Raymond. “Fast-forward to this year and we’re just shy of 300 runners. I’m very happy with the growth and I’d say the word of mouth is out there about this race.”

Proceeds raised from both the race and the beer festival will benefit Epilepsy Southwestern Ontario. Also included is a dinner to be held at the McGregor K of C in October. While Raymond does not have final numbers, he estimated they will hit their target.

“Our goal was at least $5,000 this year and I think we should get there as numbers for the run are up and the beer festival pre-sales are up as well,” said Raymond. “Fingers crossed but I think we’ll hit that $5,000 mark.”

With the bulk of participants being from the Windsor-Essex region, the event also had runners from Blenheim, Oakville and Kitchener to compete in the race.

Justin Hunt (left) and event coordinator Ryan Raymond sprint to the finish line at the seventh annual McGregor Mug Run last Saturday.

“Of all the years doing this, I’ve never talked to one person who hasn’t had a blast in this race,” added Raymond.” This must be the best year for the race. And for the beer festival, just look at all the cars. Two hours from now the field is going to be full.”

Joaquim Lourenco of Harrow was the first to cross the 5km finish line with a time of 18:55:94 while Andrew Aguanno of Windsor was the first to cross the 10 km line with a time of 32:44:79. Kelly Jean of Belle River was the top female in the 5km race and Alex Vorshuk of Windsor was the top female runner in the 10 km race.

McGregor Mug Run & International Beer Festival steps up game in sixth year


By Jolene Perron

With a big name presenting sponsor on their side, the McGregor Mug Run and International Beer Festival was able to not only attract an additional 120 registered runners this year, bringing them just shy of the 300 mark, but they also brought a headlining country band to their stage, amounting to what the event coordinator called “the best year by far.”

While the hot weather had a bit of a toll on the running portion of the event, and only saw 238 finishers, event coordinator Ryan Raymond said they had about 750 people, which is a significant increase to last year’s 580.

Despite the steamy temperatures and beating sun, the McGregor Mug Run brought out over 300 runners Saturday to run and raise money for Epilepsy Southwestern Ontario.

The event, which started only six years ago, started small with what Raymond calls “a controlled growth.”

“For the first couple of years we just dipped our toes, make sure we knew what we were doing, so that when it comes to something like this that we are fully set and hopefully no surprises. We just slowly grew it,” explained Raymond. “I just wanted this to be this huge race in 10 years where people would said ‘What? McGregor has 5,000 people running?’ that’s what I want to build it up to, to have this big crazy event that people ask ‘McGregor Ontario? That little town?’”

The event was based out of Co-An Park.

The event brought together 12 breweries, both local and from out of town. The event added LIUNA625 as a presenting sponsor, who Raymond credits for allowing them to have country star Eric Ethridge take the stage Saturday evening. At the end of it all, all of the proceeds raised at the event will benefit Epilepsy Southwestern Ontario.

Amy Crowelle, Brendon Basher, Hugh Price and David Price enjoy cold beers at the McGregor Mug Run and International Beer Festival Saturday.

“We raised a total of $3,450 for Epilepsy Southwestern Ontario this year,” said Raymond. “This was in big part because of my sister Kristy Raymond who organized a charity dinner at the K of C and worked with The epilepsy Southwestern Ontario to run a 50/50 draw that brought in $450 for both the winner and the charity.”
New this year was also the shuttle service provided by Amherstburg Chevrolet Buick GMC, which Raymond said was very well received.

“This is by far the best year. The set up is amazing, the runners are phenomenal, the breweries are amazing, the bands are amazing, the food trucks are awesome, it’s just a really awesome year.”