21 Goats & 287 Lbs of Food – The 3rd Annual Great Canadian Goat Run

Thank You all for a very Successful 3rd Annual Great Canadian Goat Run!

Photo by Cookie MacKilt, used with permission

The cold, strong wind cancelled the Ferry crossings between Nova Scotia & PEI and Nova Scotia & Newfoundland but didn’t stop 99 runners from showing up and running in The 2012 Great Canadian Goat Run!

Participants included runners all 3 Maritime provinces, International UPEI students, and a strong showing of PEI RoadRunners and Island runners. I even spotted a California license plate in the parking lot!

54 runners ran the 10K distance and 45 ran the 5K. New male course records were set in  both distances.

Each runner was given a bar of Lime & Lavender Goat’s Milk Soap or a Sore Muscles Tub Tea & package of Sunflower seeds upon registration.

Six runners ran their first ever race at the 3rd Annual Great Canadian Goat Run!

13 people ran Personal Best times! First time racers and those running a PB all received Gift Certificates from The Great Canadian Soap Co.

The “Young Buck” & “Young Doe” Awards were sponsored by Owl’s Hollow, Cows & The Great Canadian Soap Co, and presented to our youngest runners.

Congratulations to “Young Buck” Brandon Matheson & “Young Doe” Sophie Peterson!

The “Old Nanny Goat” & “Old Billy Goat” Awards, presented to our oldest runners were sponsored by Newman Estate Winery, Clark’s Toyota & The Great Canadian Soap Co.

Dorothy Gabby and Allan Callard were the lucky winners of those prizes. Congrats! Enjoy!!

The chicken catcher prizes were gift packages of goodies from Oxfam Canada & Cycling PEI

This year’s Chicken Catchers were Heather MacAulay on the 10K course & Jeremie Buote on the 5K course.

The 5K race was won, in a new record time of 19:10, by Alex MacKay. Melanie McKenna was the top female in the 5K.

In the 10K race, Stan Chaisson blew away the old course record, taking the gold medal in 34:34. If the wind hadn’t been trying to blow him to East Point, his time would likely have been closer to the 33:03 he ran the previous Saturday at the Wally Rodd!

Full Results are here: 5K Results ~ 10K Results

Katie had vegetarian chili, soup & teas on at her Lemonade Stand to warm runners up after the race!

Once again, Robin’s Donuts in Winsloe supplied us with Hot Chocolate and a mountain of sweet treats. Jennifer Pizio-Perry treated us to 2 of her marvelous black bottomed cheesecakes too making it a special day indeed!

Photo by Jennifer Pizio-Perry

We are , again, truly moved by the generosity of our Door Prize sponsors. We had a lovely variety of goods, generously donated, and runners left with a great gift for themselves, or perhaps for someone on their gift list.

We hope you will join us in supporting these individuals & businesses who supported us!

No Goat Run would be complete without running goats so, once again, after the people ran, the goats got their chance.

Male winner was Will Davis with Rollie.

The Female, and overall winner was Rayisa Perry with Twinkle

The Great Canadian Goat Run is about giving back, both locally and globally. Here’s what was accomplished this year:

Almost 5 bins of food, 287 pounds of food, was donated. That’s more than 1Kg for every runner! Food Bank use on PEI is up 10% over the past year and food donations at the Run was up about 50%! Thank you runners for answering the call!

Our fundraising to Give the Gift of Goats through Oxfam Unwrapped was again very successful. We raised enough money to buy another 21 Goats!

 

Two goats can produce 2 to 3 kids a year. With the first female kid of each gifted goat being given to another family, The Gift of Goats will keep on giving!

Our 20 goats purchased in 2011, along with their offspring, now potentially number 60-80 goats in the hands of 40 families.

In a year’s time the 21 from 2012 will likewise potentially number 63-84 goats in the hands of 42 families. By then the 2011 goats should number 140-200 in the care of 80 families for a “grand total” in a year’s time of 203-284 goats making a difference, creating greater self-sufficiency, self-esteem and educational opportunities, for 122 families!!  That’s a lot of goats!

Thank you all for making this event such a great success. To each and every runner, volunteer, Event & Prize sponsor and all those who donated to the Food Drive and/or the Goat Fund thank you! Thanks to the PEI RoadRunners for all they do with registration, timing and publishing the results.

Thanks to Oxfam PEI & Oxfam Canada for all their help & support.

And finally, thanks to our host and main sponsor, Em & The Great Canadian Soap Company and the staff, who all took active roles and made this event such a great success.

Photos from The 2012 Great Canadian Goat Run

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Photos from The 2012 Great Canadian Goat Run

Photos from The 2012 Great Canadian Goat Run

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Hear all about it!

This morning on CBC Radio’s Island Morning….

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“16 unique races in Canada” iRun Magazine, June 2012

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We’re Doing It Again!

Great Canadian Goat Run 2011 Donation

Click below to watch CTV’s 2 minute coverage of the 2011 Great Canadian Goat Run!


Explore these pages and see the fun we’ve had (and why we were featured in iRun Magazine’s “16 unique races in Canada!) then join us for this fun filled family event, Saturday, November 10th, 2012. It’s everything you could want in a race…. and goats!

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Thank You for a Wildly Successful 2nd Annual Great Canadian Goat Run!

A cool windy day did not deter over 80 runners from participating in the 2011 Great Canadian Goat Run. 50 runners registered for the 5K run and 34 signed up for the 10K.

Each runner got a T-Shirt with a special Goat Haiku written by the Company goats!

Once again, The Honourable Wayne Easter, MP for Malpeque, was our race starter.

CTV News was on hand to cover the event, here’s their news story:

Jeremie Buote and Olivia Craig took home a medal and Soap Shop Gift Certificate as our youngest male & female runners. The oldest runner, Rick West, won our “Old Goat” award that included a molded Goat goat’s milk soap bar and a CD by Ten Strings & A Goat Skin.


This year, along with our “scent matching quiz” that wins the observant runners bars of Goat’s Milk Soap, there were a couple of rubber chickens on the course and a special prize was promised to the runners who brought back the chickens. Both chickens were returned by the winners of each race. Edwin Gillis, winner of the 5K, and setting a new course record, crossed the finish line in 20:16 with chicken in hand.

 Madeleine Crowell was the top female in the 5K, finishing in the new female course record time of 21:05.

In the 10K race, Billy MacDonald set a new course record, crossing the finish line in 36:57, chicken in hand

Dianne Watts Pye was the top female in the 10K in a time of 47:37.

5K Results ~ 10K Results

As promised, the chicken retrievers received a special prize – an Oxfam Unwrapped Chicken and a Get Cracking hardcover Egg Cookbook.

Everyone in attendance was treated to the wonderful music of Ten Strings & A Goat Skin.

“This trio, three young men who have a passion for traditional music, is riding a new wave of pride in the Acadian, French and Irish cultures they share and exploring ways to bring new life to well-worn and much-loved traditional standards and songs.  This enthusiastic bilingual trio will entertain and delight.  Jesse Periard, Caleb Gallant and Rowen Gallant are Ten Strings & A Goat Skin.”

As well, Katie had a variety of soups & teas on at her Lemonade Stand to warm runners up after the race and, once again, Robin’s Donuts in Winsloe supplied us with Hot Chocolate and a mountain of sweet treats.

Our selection of Door Prizes this year was diverse and delightful. We are truly moved by the generosity of our Door Prize sponsors. We hope you will join us in supporting these individuals & businesses who supported us! A full list of our Door Prize sponsors is HERE.

A Goat Run wouldn’t be a goat run without goats running so once again, after the people ran, the goats got their chance.

Male winner (also winner of the youngest male runner) was Jeremie Buote with Brigit

The Female winner was Sandra McConkey with Chloe

When all was said and done, a good time was had by all. Some runners comments can be found HERE . But as well as a fun celebration of Running & Goats, The Great Canadian Goat Run is about giving back, both locally and globally. To that end, we thank all the runners & neighbours who contributed to our Food Drive for the Upper Room Food Bank, here is what you donated:

 Well done! That will make a difference to a number of Island families!

Teaming up with Oxfam Canada this year and working with the Oxfam PEI crew,

our fundraising to Give the Gift of Goats through Oxfam Unwrapped was a huge success. Because I was in Toronto right after the race I was able to hand deliver a cheque to Oxfam Canada for TWENTY Goats!

That’s a lot of goats!

Goats are one of the world’s heartiest animals, adapting and surviving in extreme climates and environments. A single dairy goat can produce almost 100 litres of protein rich milk each month for the recipients and their families. But these goats are not about food security – they are about providing the recipients with a marketable commodity (milk), and the skills needed, to earn an income. Two goats can produce 2 to 3 kids a year. With the first female kid of each gifted goat being given to another family, The Gift of Goats will keep on giving!

“Your gift also includes animal vaccinations, animal health training and instruction on marketing, meaning a single goat can create greater self- sufficiency, self-esteem and educational opportunities for recipients and their families. Each goat is purchased in the region where it is needed. Oxfam’s program officers ensure that communities have the resources and training to take on the responsibility of animal rearing.”

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank you all for making this event such a great success. To each and every runner, volunteer, Event & Door Prize sponsor and all those who donated to the Food Drive and/or the Goat Fund thank you! Thanks to all the media who helped get the word out and CTV for covering the event. Thanks to the PEI RoadRunners for all they do with registration, timing and publishing the results. Thanks to the Department of Highways for supplying cones, vest & signs and to the RCMP for their presence, all this contributed to a safe event. Thanks to Oxfam PEI & Oxfam Canada for all their help & support. Thanks to Ben and the Goats of The Great Canadian Soap Co for designing the great T-shirts and the Goat Soap Gazette subscribers for choosing the colours for them. Special thanks to Jesse, Caleb & Rowen, the boys of Ten Strings & A Goat Skin for making such great music on a nippy Saturday morning!

And finally, thanks to The Great Canadian Soap Company, their staff & families who all took active roles and made this event such a great success.

See all the photos from the event here


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The 2nd Annual Great Canadian Goat Run!

This year, we’re Giving the Gift of Goats!!

Our inaugural Great Canadian Goat Run in 2010 was a Food-Raiser & Fund-Raiser for the Upper Room Food Bank. Thanks to our sponsors and the Island running community, we raised three big bins of food and $700. cash!

This year we’re continuing our Food-Raising project for the Food Bank with a 2 week local Food Drive and, like last year, runners will receive a $5.00 discount on race registration with a donation of any non-perishable food item for the Food Bank.

Our Fund-Raising project this year is goats!

Not just any old goats, Goats from Oxfam Unwrapped!

Every $58. we raise will buy the life changing gift of a goat
from Oxfam Unwrapped
and support Oxfam’s livelihoods programs.

“Oxfam Canada works to find lasting solutions to poverty in more than 20 countries in Africa, Asia and the Americas…. Your Oxfam Unwrapped gift will help people living in poverty gain greater levels of self-sufficiency and control over their lives and the future of their communities. “

Goats are one of the world’s heartiest animals, adapting and surviving in extreme climates and environments. A single dairy goat can produce almost 100 litres of protein rich milk each month for the recipients and their families. But these goats are not about food security – they are about providing the recipients with a marketable commodity (milk), and the skills needed, to earn an income. Two goats can produce 2 to 3 kids a year. With the first female kid of each gifted goat being given to another family, The Gift of Goats will keep on giving!

“Your gift also includes animal vaccinations, animal health training and instruction on marketing, meaning a single goat can create greater self- sufficiency, self-esteem and educational opportunities for recipients and their families. Each goat is purchased in the region where it is needed. Oxfam’s program officers ensure that communities have the resources and training to take on the responsibility of animal rearing.”

“Oxfam Canada stands in solidarity with women and men around the world, helping them with the tools and intangibles that empower them to become leaders in their communities. Our programs are designed to strengthen skills so that women and men are able to enjoy their rights, live lives of dignity and pursue dreams and goals.”

We at The Great Canadian Soap Company know how great goats are and we’re are thrilled to be able to host this Goat-Raising, Goat-Giving run. We’re so thrilled in fact, it’s not ending with the Run. We are committing to fundraising for the “Give the Gift of Goats” Fund from this year’s Great Canadian Goat Run clear through until next year’s “3rd Annual Great Canadian Goat Run”!

We’ll be accepting donations at our Shop and through our Online store as well as through our running employee, Alex “Runman” Bain. Alex will be gathering sponsors for his every racing Km between the 2011 and 2012 Goat Run through his Runman Blog.

Like last year:

  • Our 5K and 10K courses remain the same
  • We’ll have some good food and some great door prizes after the Run
  • We’ll have unique medals for top finishers and Soap Shop gift certificates for everyone who runs their first ever race or a Personal Best time.
  • And of course there’ll be fun! Lots of kidding around and lots of good, clean, fun!

New this year:

  • We’ll have T-shirts for the first bunch of runners who register. If we run out of shirts (or if you’d prefer) you’ll be treated to a bar of the Great Canadian Soap Company’s Goat’s Milk Soap.
  • We’ll have Pre-Registration at the Shop: The Great Canadian Soap Co, 4224 Portage Rd, Brackley Beach, starting November 1st, Mon-Sat 9-5.
  • We have a new Family rate: registration is $15 or $30 for a Family. And remember – you get a $5 discount on registration with a donation of food to the Food Bank.
  • We’re really excited to have Finish Line entertainment provided by… you guessed it! … of course…. Ten Strings & A Goat Skin!

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The 1/11/11 – 11/11/11  Food Drive

We’re having a Food Drive in conjunction with the Run
in the 2 weeks leading up to the Run (1/11/11-11/11/11).
We invite everyone to drop their non-perishable food donations off at the Shop
November 1st-11th, Mon-Sat, 9-5.

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Join us, Saturday November 12th at The Great Canadian Soap Co. in Brackley Beach
for a fun 5K or 10K run around our neighbourhood.
Your kids will love our kids so bring the whole family out to run or cheer you on!

Join us in a celebration of Goats & Running
as, together, we give back to our Island community
and launch our year long project to Give the Gift of Goats
to families living in poverty around the world.

We’ll have good food, fun & prizes… Great times & Great Tunes!
Everything you could want in a race…. and Goats!

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The Inaugural Running of The Great Canadian Goat Run

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