The 24th Diefenbooker Race cancelled due to COVID-19

By Jake Davies - West Carleton Online

CARP – West Carleton’s largest racing event and one of the community’s biggest fundraisers has made the “difficult decision” to cancel due to the COVID-19 crisis currently gripping all of Canada.

“After much deliberation we have made the difficult decision to cancel the Diefenbooker Race that was scheduled for May 2,” race board chair Karen Ensing released in a statement. “Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and time restraints that come with organizing a large event, we feel that cancelling the event is the right decision at this time.”

The Diefenbooker Race, an event featuring several running competitions, a bicycle and walking event, is one of West Carleton’s longest running and largest athletic events. Last year approximately 850 participants took part. It is also a huge fundraiser for the community. Last year alone, the Diefenbooker raised $35,000 for literacy in and around West Carleton including the community’s schools and libraries.

“A large thank you goes out to our Diefenbooker committee, our volunteers, our sponsors and our participants,” Ensing said. “We look forward to hosting the 24th Diefenbooker Race in 2021.”

Registration has been closed, and those who have already registered will receive further details when arrangements have been made for reimbursement.

“We thank you for your patience and understanding in this time,” Ensing said.

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