Mississippi Mills River Run - Levi and Iam
Master Event Sponsor Tommy Lam of Almonte Shoppers Drug Mart takes a bite of his medal after finishing the 10 km Mississippi Mills River Run and being congratulated by Mississippi Mills Mayor John Levi.

The September 6, 2014 Mississippi Mills River Run raised $16,000, organizers announced today.

“After expenses, the Run raised $16,000 to support the purchase of medical equipment for the Almonte General Hospital (AGH) obstetrical unit to support the health and wellness of new mothers and their babies,” said AGH/Fairview Manor (FVM) Foundation Executive Director Gerry Huddleston. “We would like to thank the runners and walkers, volunteers, sponsors and organizers for making the Run such a huge success.”

The Run featured 3 km, 5 km and 10 km timed runs and 3 km and 5 km family walk/runs. A total of 247 runners and walkers participated. The event also was supported by 50 volunteers and close to 30 sponsors.

“This event involved a whole new demographic participating in and AGH/FVM Foundation event,” said Mr. Huddleston. “We had many young families out and many children participated in the walks and runs.”

The Mississippi Mills River Run’s Master Event Sponsor was the Almonte Shoppers Drug Mart.

“We received a fantastic $10,000 donation from Shoppers Drug Mart owner Tommy Lam,” said Mr. Huddleston. “Tommy was with us every step of the way during this event, and we very much appreciate his support.”

Another major supporter of the event was Ottawa Valley Family Health Team (OVFHT) physician Dr. Jody Murray, who donated $5,000 on race day, and who had the fastest women’s time in the 10 km run. “In all, 47 AGH and OVFHT staff members participated in the run,” said Mr. Huddleston. “Dr. Murray’s wonderful donation was the icing on the cake.”

Other major pledges included $710 from a Stittsville couple who participated in the Run.

The overall winner of the 10 km run was Alexandre Audet, followed by George Birchall and Jorge Zamorano. The overall winner of the 5 km run was Craig Gerig, followed by Kathy Bradley and Marc Gagne. The overall winner of the 3 km run was Brett Brydges, followed by Jason Brydges and Megan Bertrand. Winner of the 10 km team event was the OVFHT, followed by Team Abramenko and the Rehab Regenerators. Winner of the 5 km team event was the OVFHT, followed by the Naismith Session Players and the A Little Bit of Everything team. The winner of the 3 km team event was OVFHT Team 2, followed by the Almonte Chiropractic Centre and OVFHT Team 1. For a complete list of winners in all categories, visit http://www.aegleevents.com/calendar/mississippi-mills-river-run.

Event organizers include Aegle Events partners Dayna Chicoine and Shelley Crabtree, Shoppers Drug Mart owner Tommy Lam and AGH/FVM Foundation Board member Karen Smith.

“Without the superb organizational effort by Dayna, Shelley, Karen and Tommy, the event would have been nearly as successful as it was,” Mr. Huddleston said. “We are already starting to plan next year’s Mississippi Mills River Run.”

Event sponsors included: Shoppers Drug Mart, Argue Construction, Carleton Ford, Gord R. Pike – Freedom 55, Levi Home Hardware, Mississippi Mills Animal Hospital, Patrice’s Your Independent Grocer, Mike Dean’s Super Food Stores, Municipality of Mississippi Mills, Art and Helen Levi, Absolute Massage Therapy, Almonte Agricultural Hall, Almonte Chiropractic Centre, Almonte Civitan Club, Almonte Massage Therapy, Almonte Riverside Inn and Kitchen, Barley Mow, Bushtukah, Canadian Golf & Country Club, Cheshire Cat Pub, Country Y101, Equator Coffee, Heritage Community Fitness and Rehabilitation Centre, Irons in the Fire, Jesse Kahat-Taillon – Zumba, Mill Street Crepe Company, Robin’s Nest Tea Room, Subway Restaurant, Thomas Cavanagh Construction, and Vamos Outdoors.