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Muskoka Rocks – A Race Unites Cottagers and Locals in a worthy cause

Muskoka Rocks – A Race Unites Cottagers and Locals in a worthy cause

More than 600 people will participate in the 8th annual Muskoka Rocks Road Race held July 31 in Minett, in support of Camp Oochigeas a camp near Rosseau for children living with cancer.

Since 1984, Camp Oochigeas has been providing kids with cancer and kids affected by childhood cancer a unique opportunity for growth through challenging, fun, enriching and magical experiences.

“The event has really grown from the first year that Liz and I held it,” says Laurel Brooks who, with Lynn Keane, founded and organizes the Muskoka Rocks Road Race.

It now features a 10-kilometre run, a five-kilometre run/walk and a one-kilometre kids’ run. Just seven years ago, the first ever Muskoka Rocks Road Race drew 170 participants and raised $25,000. “We really like that it has brought people together as a community event.”

Both cottagers and year-round residents take part and last year some participants came from as far away as Ireland and Scotland.

“It is a cottage tradition for some,” she says. “We like that it draws in families.”

Over the past 7 years, the Muskoka Rocks Road Race has raised an amazing $265,000 for Camp Oochigeas!


"The amazing thing about Ooch is seeing kids who were in the hospital every day the week before, sick and weak, watching them climbing rock walls, canoeing, laughing — and forgetting why they were in the hospital at all."

Dr. David Malkin – Pediatric Oncologist

This entry was posted on May 21, 2016 by Jim and Iris

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