Epilepsy Support Centre

Mug Run & International Beer Festival flows through McGregor

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The McGregor Mug Run saw hundreds hit the roads of McGregor with participants and other people cool off afterwards with a cold one.

The fifth annual Mug Run took place Saturday afternoon with the International Beer Festival following the race at Co-An Park. Fifteen craft breweries, some from around Windsor-Essex, others from around the province and some with roots overseas, came to the park for the festivities.

Runners leave the starting line in front of Co-An Park at the McGregor Mug Run last Saturday afternoon.

Runners leave the starting line in front of Co-An Park at the McGregor Mug Run last Saturday afternoon.

Ryan Raymond, one of the many who organized Saturday’s McGregor Mug Run & International Beer Festival, was pleased with how things went.

“This year is, by far, the best yet,” he said. “It’s, by far, the best weather.”

There was a 5K run and a 10K run with it being a road course for half of it with the other half being on a greenway trail.

“I think we’re a little over 300,” he said of the run participants.

Proceeds raised will benefit the Epilepsy Support Centre and that includes not just Saturday’s event, but a dinner they held earlier this month at the McGregor Knights of Columbus Hall and a breakfast buffet Sunday, also at the McGregor K of C.

Runners came from as far as Toronto, London and Hamilton with several “elite” caliber runners coming to the area this year to participate.

Laura Desjardins is the first woman to cross the finish line in the 5K and second person overall.

Laura Desjardins is the first woman to cross the finish line in the 5K and second person overall.

Raymond is thrilled with how the event has grown in its first five years.

“It’s getting there, absolutely,” he said with a smile.

The start of the race was highlighted with a flyover by the Windsor Yellow Birds, as they flew planes reminiscent of planes flown in previous wars.

“They helped us out last year and this year,” said Raymond.

The beer festival component has grown as well as the run, he added, stating organizers have been inundated with texts, messages and calls about it.

“We’re already looking forward to 2017,” he said. “We’re going to try and outdo ourselves but it gets harder every year.”