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Hanover's Richard Hayman embraced the half marathon with open arms at the 2017 Rotary Huron Shore Run.

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The 30th annual Rotary Huron Shore Run is less than a fortnight away, taking place June 2, and organizers have plenty to celebrate with registration over 125 what it was this time last year. 

“This is the most we have ever had since we started online registration five years ago,” said co-organizer June Van Bastalaar. As of May 18, the total pre-registrants for the annual event that features 5km run/walk, 10km, 1/2 marathon as well as a free Kids Fun Run and a 3km event for youth under 14, sat at 494. The event has raised over $400,000 in the past for Saugeen Memorial Hospital.

“We will get more online and at registration on Friday evening, June 1 and Saturday morning, June 2 at the Coliseum in Southampton,” said Van Bastelaar. “So it is hard to predict our final numbers.”

The Rotary Huron Shore Run is celebrating 30 years this year and in addition to online registration, participants can register at the Southampton Coliseum on Friday evening, June 1 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. or on Saturday morning, June 2 from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. but are reminded to come early to avoid line-ups.

Van Bastalaar said the Rotary Huron Shore Run promotes healthy lifestyles for all ages and since the inception of the Health and Wellness Fair following the races has promoted a weekend devoted to getting outdoors and keeping fit. “It’s a fun community event and promotes healthy lifestyles,” she said. This year’s Health and Wellness Fair will cover physical as well as mental health.

To extend the fun Southampton’s Thorncrest Outfitters has created a paddling event at 2 p.m. on the Saugeen River. The event is expected to last two hours and will include prizes to be won and good times to be had. Participants are asked to sign up through Thorncrest Outfitters. The cost is $35 per adult with children under 16 $25.

More information on the Rotary Huron Shore Run, including registration and donation links, can be found at

Editor's Note: The original publication of this story said that registration totalled 125 when in fact it is 125 more than it was this time last year. The information has been corrected above.