Muskoka Futures supports 2 Bracebridge fun, fitness, fundraising events for cancer, kids
BRACEBRIDGE — Two summer events here — one annual and one new — with health, fitness, fun and fundraising are the beneficiaries of extra help this year.
Muskoka Futures Development Corporation recently announced funding approval for the two Bracebridge events under its Local Initiative Program.
Katherine Andrews, of Thrive Lifestyle Consulting, with support from the Bracebridge Chamber of Commerce, completed the application process for two $4,000 funding request approvals. Muskoka Futures executive director,David Brushey presented Andrews and Nathalie Tinti, the Chamber of Commerce president, with the cheques on Friday.
Tinti said “the Chamber of Commerce was excited to be able to assist Thrive Lifestyle Consulting to secure funding that will enable them to attract participants and visitors to Bracebridge this summer.
“With the two event budgets totaling more than $47,000, the Muskoka Futures funding of $8,000.00 will be of great help.”
Run for A Way, in its fifth year, is a Muskoka running event for all ages with a focus on raising awareness and funds for pancreatic and ovarian cancer.
The race date this year is Sunday, Aug. 31.
With great support from Muskoka Futures, Santa’s Village, Muskoka Outfitters, Sublime Graphics, Gagnon’s Independent Grocer, Bracebridge Source for Sports and Domino’s Pizza and the Limberlost Challenge, the event organizers hope to build a sustainable active living opportunity for residents and visitors.
More than 800 participants, plus spectators are expected this year, with 60 per cent of those coming from outside of Bracebridge.
Dash for the Sleigh is new in Muskoka, and is a child focused event.
This ‘adventure race’ will be hosted at Santa’s Village on Sunday, June 29, and will attract children aged 4 to 12 along with their parents.
Participants will navigate through a series of physical and intellectual challenges themed around the repair and launching of Santa’s sleigh in time for his annual trip around the world on Christmas Eve.
Individuals and teams will participate in off road hiking and biking in a more adventurous version of a kid’s duathlon.
With the support of the Chamber of Commerce, Muskoka Futures, Sublime Graphics, Muskoka Outfitters and Domino’s Pizza (Bracebridge) the event is positioned to become an annual destination event in child-focused adventure racing and draw families from across the country to Bracebridge, Muskoka.
For more information go to www.thrivemuskoka.com or www.bracebridgechamber.com
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