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Pinery Fall Classic

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We held the Pinery Fall Classic on November 1st this year. It was quite an adventure! The Fall Classic (a.k.a. the Pinery Provincial Park Road Race) is usually held the Sunday after Thanksgiving. This year, Mother Nature conspired against us, in the form of snow; heavy, wet, clinging snow that fell all weekend, leading to myriad downed branches, power outages and unsafe conditions. The day before the event, we made the decision to cancel and reschedule the run. This proved to be quite the task! Runners (346 of them) had to be notified, refunds needed to be issued, volunteers needed to be re-scheduled. Porta-potties, which had already been delivered, had to be picked up again, then re-delivered. The list goes on and on.

It all worked out, though. Although our numbers were fewer on November 1st, all participants seemed to enjoy walking, running or zooming on wheel-chairs on the trails and roads. Conditions were lovely. It was brisk and sunny, the lake cooperated for beach runners, and the Fall colours were splendid. Participants ranged from serious runners to people who came out to enjoy a brisk walk on the 2K, 5K and 10K routes as well as the 4.8 K trail route.

We would like to thank our wonderful, loyal volunteers, many of whom come out year after year to help. Thank you to our sponsors. Mike and Terri Rahn of No Frills are major contributors: they donate funds for shirts as well as organize and bring the food and water. We so appreciate their constant support. Rotary is another regular sponsor. Thank you as well to Runners Choice, Oakwood Resort, Mountain Equipment Co-op and to the many local businesses who donated door prizes. We couldn't do it without you!

Ninth Annual Pinery Fall Classic Run/Walk!
A major fundraiser for Friends of Pinery Park, the Fall Classic has contributed more than $63,000 to support education, preservation, research and enhancement projects in the Park. Among recent projects: an accessible beach ramp and beach-worth wheelchair, and an “ecopassage” to help critters cross the road safely!

What is the Fall Classic?

  • A day out in the beautiful Pinery Park
  • Recreation and fun for all levels of ability
  • Accurate chip timing and distance for serious racers
  • Easy and quick online registration [link]
  • Reasonable fees, including family rates (Fees and Schedule page)
  • A way to help support and protect the park -- create a personal online pledge sheet [link?]; fee reimbursed with $100 or more in pledges
  • Part of the Runpiker Series - complete five of the nine events and receive a series souvenir and your name entered into a draw for some great prize packages. Click on the Runpiker logo for more info.

Registration has been reopened until October 29th at 6pm. Click here to Register Online for the Pinery Fall Classic
Set up your personal online pledge page when you register and collect donations to the Friends of Pinery Park.
Your friends and family will have the convenience of donating online.
Receipts will be issued for donations of $20 or more and emailed directly to the recipient.
Your registration fee will be refunded if you collect over $100.
Download mail-in Registration Form and Pledge Sheet

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