By participating in this year’s Beau’s 5K you are raising much needed funds to help women with ovarian cancer and those at risk of the disease live fuller, better and longer lives.
Registration is now closed, but you can still donate!
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The Beau’s 5K for Ovarian Cancer Canada is inspired by Vankleek Hill’s Ashley Courtois (Cowan), whose friends and family started this race when Ashley was diagnosed with the disease in 2015. The event started small but grew each year during Ashley’s three-year battle with ovarian cancer. We lost Ashley to her cancer in 2018, but we continue the race in honour of her wonderful strength and spirit, and her love of running. The total money raised by the Beau’s 5K for Ovarian Cancer Canada to-date is more than $115,000.
A message from Ashley in 2017: “Every year this event has surpassed my expectations and I want to thank everyone who has donated, participated, and collected donations for it. I hope this has helped to raise awareness of ovarian cancer and its symptoms, and that by sharing my story and what to look out for, I have had some part in helping at least one woman get diagnosed earlier.”
What You Need to Know About Ovarian Cancer
If you think you’ve been checked for ovarian cancer, think again. There is no reliable screening test for this disease, no vaccine to prevent it. While all women are at risk of developing ovarian cancer, some are at higher risk than others based on their age, family history, ethnicity and certain genetic mutations. 2,800 Canadian women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer every year. But there is hope. Events like this one, help further the important work Ovarian Cancer Canada is doing to improve outcomes. This includes providing support and increasing awareness, as well as directly funding research and advocating for increased government investments to affect scientific progress against this disease. For more information, visit ovariancanada.org.
About the Event
The 2019 Beau’s 5K for Ovarian Cancer Canada will take place on Saturday, July 6th, rain or shine. Start and finish at Beau’s Brewing Co. 10 Terry Fox Drive, Vankleek Hill, ON. Run or Walk, 3K, 5K and 10K distances, and enjoy a cold glass of Beau’s beer when you finish!
Basic entry fee is a $40 donation to Ovarian Cancer Canada. Entry is limited to 500 participants. Online in advance is strongly encouraged, day-of registration will be available if space permits. We want to raise as much money as possible for the cause, so we also would love you to set up a fundraising page and have your friends and family back your efforts with some generous pledges. New this year – you can now register and fundraise as a team!
The 3K and 5K course is an out-and-back on Newton Road, starting from and returning to the brewery. The road is a scenic rural route, a gravel road past farms and homes in Vankleek Hill. The course is basically flat, save a small hill at the finish line. Consider it your final challenge to get that finisher’s beer. The 10K course is simply a double out-and-back, for those who want the extra challenge.
Walkers and runners will be in both heats, we ask runners to come to the front and the walkers towards the back to help everyone off to a smooth and safe start. On the course, marshals will remind all participants to stay to the right.
The race is not timed, but distances are marked on the course. A hydration station is located at 1.5K. Again, please note the route is an unpaved road with loose gravel – choose your footwear on event day with this in mind!
NEW! Early-bird Check In
Friday JULY 5, Beau’s Brewery, 3 PM – 7 PM
Early-bird check in for both 10 AM and 11 AM starts – pick up your bib and gift early, and dodge the line ups the next day. Bonus: Friday night live music, with Meatings @ Beau’s kitchen open!
Saturday JULY 6, Beau’s Brewery
9 AM – check in for 10 AM start opens
10 AM – start of 3K, 5K walk, 5K and 10K runs
10 AM – check in for the 11 AM start opens
11 AM – Meatings @ Beau’s kitchen opens
11 AM – start of the 3K, 5K walk, 5K run
1 PM – recognitions and announcement of fundraising total
You can park in the parking lot to the right and around back of the brewery, or on Terry Fox Drive. Overflow parking on County road 10.
I’m not able to come, but I want to support the cause. You are awesome. You can absolutely donate to the fundraising or support a friend who has signed up. Click here!
Can dogs attend? We love having dogs at the brewery! That being said, please be aware, for dogs that are uneasy in crowds, the brewery will be very busy that day.
Will there be a bag check on site? Sorry, no – please plan to leave valuables with a friend or locked in your car.
Can I come out just to cheer? We would love that! Make signs, make some noise, make someone’s day!
What if it rains? Sometimes a little bad weather brings out the most fun! This event is rain or shine – it will only be cancelled if weather safety is an issue. Bring an umbrella and/or wear a hat. We have tented part of the parking lot, and the brewery is open.
Are kids allowed to run or walk? Sure they are – since our goal is to raise the most amount of money possible for Ovarian Cancer Canada, all participants including kids must pay the $40 if they are walking or running – babies in strollers can ride for free.
Is there a Facebook Event Page I can join? Check out the Facebook page here!
Can my business help support or participate in the race? Yes! First, sign up for the event. When you hit $500 in team fundraising, we have limited 10×10 ft. vendor spaces available for race day (first to hit $500, first serve), and we will recognize our top fundraising businesses during the event. We are also looking for prize donations. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.