A record turnout of 97 racers joined 20 volunteers to face the cold on Saturday February 4th, racing the 5 kilometre Groundhog Jog. This race is put on annually by Peninsula Adventure Sports Association (PASA).
The 8th annual Jog raised $1,400 for outdoor sport on the Bruce Peninsula. The fastest male and female were husband & wife Jason Weppler and Erica Weppler of Owen Sound at 18min 4 sec (Jason) and 20min 43 sec (Erica). The quickest masters (age 45+) racer was Ana Dennier of Southampton at 22min 21sec and the fastest masters male was Andrew Box of nearby Oxenden with a 22min 58sec time. There were also an incredible 20 youngsters, ages 6-12, who raced the full distance under an hour. 7-year-old Brennan Law of Meaford finished with an incredible time of 26min 6sec. There were 5 other youth very close behind Brennan, including Jolie McKnight of Allenford, the top girl, who raced the 5 kilometres in exactly 32 minutes.
Full Results Here
Race Photos Here
Helping racers along there way were over 20 volunteers including a group of students from the PSDS Pheonix basketball team led by coach Trevor Gilbert, plus a variety of businesses who donated items, including Runner’s Den in Owen Sound and local shops Foodland (Big thanks to Gary Dillon), Northern Confections, Josie’s Fashions, RBC, Suntrail, With Love and DeJong Acres.
PASA, in addition to organizing the Groundhog Jog, puts on the Subaru Bruce Peninsula Multisport Race in Wiarton (August 11-12, 2017) and the Tobermory Trail Race Weekend (September 23-24, 2017). PASA also partners with the Saugeen Paddlers to put on a weekly paddling club (Willie Fast Paddlers) in the summertime.
Congratulations to all racers on completing this challenging & fun 5km run… Here’s to an early spring and a great running season!