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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
“Thank you for the memorable sales and closing experience of finding the cottage of our dreams. A perfect fit for our needs.”I & E – Lake Muskoka cottage buyers
“Jim and Iris Gardiner were both amazing to deal with. A truly professional team. They shared a great deal of knowledge with us and really shed important light regarding potential Island Cottage ownership – all the pros and cons. Not only did they sell our existing cottage in 24 hours for much higher than our asking price they helped us find our new slice of paradise on Lake Muskoka in a very tight market. We are thrilled with our new cottage and love being on Eilean Gowan Island! We would highly recommend either Jim or Iris for any of your Real Estate needs!”J & D – Sold on Echo Lake and bought on Lake Muskoka
Jim did me a favor 20 years ago and I wanted to return the favor – I approached him and Iris at the cottage show and, even though I already had a real estate agent, he recommended a cottage property that I purchased and enjoyed for those 20 years. I therefore, tracked him down and had him be our agent in selling that property. Our priority was to find new owners that would be friendly and fit in well with the neighbors and Jim and Iris found the perfect couple Jim and Iris made the entire sale most enjoyable. The experience was so smooth and enjoyable that the sellers, the buyers and the real estate agents all got together for supper the following summer at our old cottage!K & L – Lake Muskoka
It is with great pleasure and appreciation for me to recommend the services of Jim Gardiner and the entire Gardiner Team. Jim’s awareness of community by-laws and market related activities extracted incremental value for us when we were finalizing the purchasing agreement.JB – Mirror Lake
Just want to tell you that you did a fine job for me on the cottage sale on Lake Muskoka. The sale has removed a huge load from my shoulders. Iris, just a note to thank you again. Money is in the bank!!!!!!BJ – Lake Muskoka