Petawawa Toyota made a $5,000 donation to the 2017 Zombie Thrill Run, which is collecting funds for the new Algonquin Trail. The event will be held on Oct. 28 at the Algonquin College Waterfront. From left are Craig Kelly, Director of Development and Property for the County of Renfrew; Jason Davis, Forestry and GIS Manager at County of Renfrew; Petawawa Toyota General Manger Mike Douglas; Owners Brenda and Jimmy Lapointe; Bob Sweet, Mayor of Petawawa and Event Chairman; Tammy Blackmore, Event Coordinator and Connie Weber, Route Manager. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

$5,000 donation for Zombie Thrill Run

By Patricia Leboeuf

Posted on Thursday, October 26, 2017

In the past four years, Pembroke’s Zombie Thrill Run has seen over 4,000 participants and volunteers raise approximately $119,000 for breast cancer research and Carefor’s new mental health wing.

This year, the money will be going towards the new Algonquin Trail, a safe, beautiful place to run, walk and cycle. The run’s $30,000 goal will help pay for a two km extension that would allow people to actively travel from Riverside Park towards Petawawa.

The entire Algonquin Trail from Smiths Falls to Mattawa is about 296 km, of which 219 km runs through Renfrew County.

“It opens up economic development opportunities and tourism,” said Event Chairman and Petawawa Mayor Bob Sweet. “Tourism is a rising star in Renfrew County.

“This is a great opportunity to grow that silo of tourism here in the Upper Ottawa Valley,” he added.

To help kickstart the fund, Petawawa Toyota made a $5,000 donation.

Brenda and Jimmy Lapointe made the donation in honour of their late son Zachary. Halloween was one of his favourite times of the year and even though he was 21 when he passed away, he had still celebrated, said Jimmy. So supporting the run and the Algonquin Trail was the perfect way to honour his memory, particularly considering how much the entire family loved the outdoors.

“He used trails since he was about three years old,” said Brenda.

The Zombie Run will take place on part of the trail on the morning of Oct. 28 at the Algonquin College Waterfront.

The run has different categories to allow those of all fitness levels to take part, from the two km Trick-or-Treat Family Fun Run to competitive five and 10 km runs.

New this year is the Seniors’ three km Poker walk. Those 60 or older will travel along the zombie-infested trail collecting playing cards. The person with the best hand will win a Fitbit.

“It is going to be scary stuff,” said Tammy Blackmore, Event Coordinator. “Some people may not come back.”

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