PTBOCanada Pics & Coverage: 1st Annual Chairs For Charity At The YMCA

Last night (December 5th), the Peterborough YMCA hosted their 1st Annual Chairs for Charity event. Chairs were sponsored by local businesses and services, and were refurbished by some very talented women to be auctioned off to raise money for the YMCA's Strong Kids Campaign. There were a few bidding wars as folks gave their support to this great cause—and the chair sponsored by the Silver Bean Café will now be sitting in the living room of Kruz FM's Catherine Hanrahan! For those of you that were unable to make it to last night's event, there are still several chairs that remain as part of the silent auction, which will remain open until Monday, December 10th at noon. Just pop by the front desk before then and ask how you can submit your bid and see the chairs. Great job to Emily Gray and all the volunteers that made this come together! PtboCanada's Julie Morris



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YMCA Half Marathon Takes Place Sunday

This Sunday marks the 34th annual YMCA Half-Marathon beginning at 12:30 p.m. Keep in mind that there will be many road closures and slow downs throughout the afternoon as participants make their way through the city.  Also taking place is the 1km Fun Run, and the 5km Walk/Run.  Good luck to all runners! (You can watch for me in the 5km, I'll surely be at the back of the pack!)

[Contributed by PtboCanada's Julie Morris]

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Stuff to Do In The Peterpatch This Weekend


YWCA presents Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, 12 p.m. starting from City Hall.


Peterborough and District Farmers' Market 7 a.m. - 1 p.m. (Morrow Building Parking Lot)

The Great Gilmour Street Garage Sale, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. [Map]

The Fowlers Corners & District Lions Club presents a Spring Craft Show 9:00 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Lions Hall at Orange Corners

Peterborough-Lakefield Community Police Auction, 10 a.m. (500 Water Street) [Related Link]

Peterborough Children's Water Festival at Riverview Park & Zoo - One day only!

2672 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps Annual Parade and Inspection, 12:30 p.m. (220 Murray Street)


Camp Kawartha presents their annual Green-in-Motion Fundraiser, Registration begins at 9 a.m. 

Kawartha Community Midwives Annual Picnic, 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. Riverview Park & Zoo, Shelter #2

Riverview Park & Zoo presents Rye Street to kick off their 2011 Concert Series. 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. in the Gazebo



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PtboPics: YMCA Half Marathon and 5K Run!


And they're off!

 The Butler Crew excited to start the 5K!

Hundreds of runners begin their journey. 

Darl Sutherland off to a great start and finished 5th place!

[Contributed by PtboCanada's Julie Morris]

[Related: A Look At The New Route For This Weekend's YMCA Half Marathon In Peterborough]

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A Look At The New Route For This Weekend's YMCA Half Marathon In Peterborough

Alana Callan (middle) at the start of last year's YMCA Half MarathonThis weekend, I decided to try out the new YMCA Half Marathon route. I have never run an unfamiliar race route before race day, and since the route has changed and runs through the city of Peterborough this year, I decided to give it a try.

The 21.1 km route begins at the YMCA located on Alymer street and takes runners through familiar aspects of the city. Many parts of the route are regular running routes for locals (around the Lake, out to Trent etc.). Runners leave the YMCA and run up Alymer Street to Perry Street and proceed down Crescent Street past the Little Lake Cemetery and then head to Lansdowne Street. From Lansdowne, you run up to Ashburnham Road past the canal and turn on Hunter to go through the Lift Lock tunnel and up and over "Museum Hill" and turn down Armour Road. Runners take a long trip down Armour Road to the turn-around.

It is an "out and back" route, and on the way out I had decided I hate "out and back" routes. But once I turned and headed back, I decided I quite liked running "out and back," as the run back was nicely familiar. Runners who have run the YMCA Half Marathon in the past few years will enjoy this new route for the change of scenery. I don't think I'll need to "draft" behind another runner this year as I have done in the past while running out by the airport and battling the wind.

There are four water and toilet stations this year, and I've been told that the local fire department will be taking care of the water station near the Peterborough Lift Lock.

The 33rd annual YMCA Half Marathon in Peterborough is in support of the YMCA's Annual Strong Kids Campaign, which encourages the healthy growth and development of Peterborough's youth. There is still time to register for this great event. It takes place this Sunday (February 27) starting at 12:30 p.m. and you can choose either the 5 km or 21.1 km race. There is also a kids 1 km fun run which is very fun to watch.

Click here for a PDF of the detailed route map.

[Contributed by Alana Callan]

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