Halloween Fun Run Wrap-up

Many Thanks to Volunteers for Halloween Dress-up Fun Run 2019

Here’s a message from Peter Laughton, the event organizer:

A huge thank-you to all who came out to run this past Saturday morning in our annual Halloween Dress-up run. The weather cooperated and as a result we had over 50 costumed participants.

The incredible generosity of those in attendance allowed us to raise $677.00 for OSS Basketball and JUMPSTART charities for young players in financial need.

Thanks to everyone in the Champlain Community Association for all your support, including promotion on the website and the Speaker, allowing us to use the field-house, and sponsorship of the run through food and prizes. Thanks to Bushtukah for the tent and prizes. Thanks to Jordan Clark from Shoppers Drug Mart for the food. Thanks as well to the volunteer de-pavers who allowed us to run across the new opening at Pontiac and to the dedicated volunteers who have taken over the management and stewardship of our beautiful Champlain Woods!

Looking forward to seeing everyone again next year and Happy Halloween!

Thanks to John Arnason for the photos and Carol Arnason for providing the captions.

Large turnout of families in Halloween costumes preparing for start of run at Champlain Park.

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Halloween Fun Run – October 26

Champlain Park is once again hosting its annual fun run through the Champlain Woods. Runners 5 and under run an 800 meter loop and the 5 and overs (ability dependant) complete a 2K. This year we will take advantage of the newly de-paved SJAM connection to the woods! Prizes will be awarded for best costume and top 3 finishers per age category. All participants receive a candy medal. Donations of $10 or more per runner are encouraged but not required and funds this year go to OSS u14 girls basketball and the ‘Jumpstart’ equal access to sport fund. No registration is required; just show up in costume and run.

Come out and run and send a message to kids in the community that Halloween can be about more than just sugary treats! Volunteers are welcomed as finish line coordinators or on course Marshalls. Donations of food and drink are also welcomed. Contact peterlaughton@rogers.com if you are able to help.

[Poster for the Fun Run]
8th Annual Champlain Park Halloween Run 2019.pdf

Halloween Fun Run Wrap-up

Many Thanks to Awesome Volunteers for Halloween Fun Run 2018

Thank you to all of the parents, volunteers, and runners of the Champlain Park Community who came out to run and raise over $900 for Ausome Ottawa on Saturday morning, Oct. 27, 2018. A local charity, Ausome Ottawa provides sports programs for autistic children. Special thanks to Pete Laughton who has organized this event for seven years. Thank you to Adrian Bradley and helpers for hard work clearing the NCC path through the woods, used in winter for SJAM ski trail. Champlain Park Community Association funded treats and prizes so all proceeds from registration would go to charity. Our Councillor, Jeff Leiper, was there and spent most of his time as Marshal on the course, standing and cheering beside the path in the woods as runners went by. What a good sport! An estimated 100 parents and kids showed up in Halloween costumes again this year. First and foremost, they had a lot of fun dressing up, attempting to run in costumes, and eating a little pre-Halloween candy!

We forgot to take photos this year, but this is what it looked like last year:

[Getting Organized at the Starting Line]

Halloween Fun Run Wrap-up

A message from Peter Laughton (with minor edits for readability):

Thank-you to all the parents, volunteers, and runners who came out to run and raise money for the Hera Mission this morning. Parents donated their time acting as marshalls on the course, distributed candy medals, and gave out snacks to the runners aged 2-12 years. Through their efforts we raised $950 for important projects in Asembo Bay Kenya. Thanks as well to Carol Arnason and the Champlain Park Community Association for sponsorship and opening up the field house. Thanks to Bushtukah for the tent and prizes and thanks to Jordan from Shopper’s Drug Mart for juice and snacks. Lastly, thanks to the teachers and students of Elmdale school who helped promote the event and came out in record numbers.


Photos by John Arnason

[Getting Organized at the Starting Line]

[Children Starting the Race]

[Waiting at the Finish Line]

Halloween Fun Run Wrap-up

Date: October 30, 2016 at 5:38 PM
Subject: Champlain Park Halloween Fun Run THANK-YOU!!!!!

The count is in and it looks like we have collectively raised over $600 for Right to Play Canada this year – a record haul!!! We will be sending the cheque to them this coming week.

Thanks so much to all of you for coming out and being so generous with your time and donations. See you next year!


The Starting Lineup
The Starting Line-up, photo courtesy of Amanda Shaw
Fun Runners Dashing through the Woods
Fun Runners dashing through the Woods, photo courtesy of Paul O’Blenes

Champlain Park Halloween Fun Run October 29, 2016 at 9:30am

Hello everyone!

Please email me if you have any questions at peterlaughton@rogers.com

This year’s 5th annual run will be held on October 29th  starting at 9:30am meeting at the Play Structure on Carleton Avenue.

The route will be the same as previous years, taking runners aged 5 and over from the start line by the play structure on Carleton Ave. through a trail in the Champlain Woods.

Those aged 4 and under will do a slightly shorter route and should probably be accompanied by a helper.

Candy medals will be given to all participants. Food and drink will be available at the finish line. Nut-free donations welcomed.

Volunteers welcomed! Please sign-up at Genius:

Last year the weather cooperated and the 100 plus kids and adults in attendance managed to raise a record $500 for Right to Play Canada (RTP)

Over the past 4 years, I estimate that we have raised close to $1000.

No registration required. Entry fee by donation (suggested $10 or whatever you can afford). The CPCA will cover the costs of food, drinks, prizes and treats. All proceeds go directly to RTP Canada. Costumes encouraged (something kids can run in).

Run will happen rain or shine (the route may be modified).

Thanks and see you on the 29th,

Please forward this message to friends who may not have heard.

Please also see Halloween Safety Tips

4th Annual Champlain Park Halloween Run!

This year’s run on Saturday Oct.31st at 9:45a.m. takes runners through a wooded trail between Champlain Park and the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway – one loop of approximately 800 meters for little legs (4 and under) and one longer and more challenging loop of approximately 2 km for the 5 and ups.

Suggested entry fee is $5 (or whatever you can afford) and 100% of the funds go to Right to Play.  No registration required.

VOLUNTEERS: Our biggest requirement for volunteers is as on-course Marshals who can keep kids safe and on the right trail.

Marshals will be asked to meet beside the Champlain Park play structure at 9:00 a.m. for a brief meeting and a walk to their race position (race begins at 9:45ish). One Marshal will be nominated as the ‘sweep’ and follow the last runner through the course collecting Marshals as they return to the Park.

Cookies etc.., juice boxes or refreshments would be great if you can bring them. There will be muffins of course (:

To volunteer please go to the following link and sign-up:

Kids are encouraged to come in costume (something easy to run in).

Event will take place rain or shine (please shine, please…).

Two Awesome Events in Champlain Park! – Thanks to Volunteers!

Many thanks to all Volunteers of both the Halloween Fun Run and Halloween Party on Saturday, November 1,2014!

Carol Arnason, Event Co-ordinator, would like to thank the Community Volunteers who made the Champlain Park Community Association Halloween 2014 such a fun day!

  • Peter and Shanna Laughton organized the Fun Run and raised $166.00 for Right to Play Organization.
  • Sherri Cranston and Jeanette Rule organized Halloween party (set up, decorating, crafts, activities, clean up).
  • Keyworth Ave. Early Childhood Development Centre donated $50.00 to cover expenses so we could have free admission to the annual event.
  • Jason, neighbourhood parent, dressed in pirate costume and created balloon animals for two hours straight to the delight of all the children.
  • An energetic team of 8 University of Ottawa students from Thompson Residence set up, decorated, supervised children’s activities. and helped clean up.
  • Peter Laughton with guitar and Dennis Van Staalduinen with antics entertained us.
  • Kevin O’Shaughnessy held the first Pumpkin Walk in Champlain Park and collected donations of canned food for the Food Bank.
  • Joscelyn Coolican and Kathleen Traeger and several people brought delicious treats.

It was a great chance for our community to meet and connect with neighbours!

Part of the Pumpkin Walk at the Champlain Park 2014 Halloween Event.  Pumpkin Walk and Food Bank donations were organized by Kevin O'Shaughnessy.  Photo was taken by John Arnason.
Part of the Pumpkin Walk at the Champlain Park 2014 Halloween Event. Pumpkin Walk and Food Bank donations were organized by Kevin O’Shaughnessy. Photo was taken by John Arnason.
Peter Laughton (right) and Dennis Van Staalduinen entertaining children at the Halloween party.  Photo taken by John Arnason.
Peter Laughton (right) and Dennis Van Staalduinen entertaining children at the Halloween party. Photo taken by John Arnason.
The team of University of Ottawa student volunteers who assisted at the party.  Original photo from the uOttawa Serving Others / Au service du monde Facebook page.
The team of University of Ottawa student volunteers who assisted at the party. Original photo from the uOttawa Serving Others / Au service du monde Facebook page.