To the Editor:
This August will see the 75th anniversary of the Canadian led Raid on the French town of Dieppe during the Second World War. The Raid on Dieppe involved some 4,963 Canadian troops and provided valuable intelligence for the ultimate invasion of the European mainland some 20 months later.
The raid though came at a cost of 916 Canadian lives.
To honour that anniversary, the Kakabeka Legion is putting on a Half Marathon road race commencing at 7 a.m. on Sunday August 20, 2017. We are expecting upwards of 100 people participating. The race will start and finish at the Kakabeka Falls Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion. You can learn more about the race from our web page at www.runkbfalls.com.
To facilitate the race, and for safety reasons, there will be some road closures. Highway 11/17 will be closed for 20 minutes from 7:00 am to 7:20 am on Sunday August 20 between Highway 588 (the Road to Hymers) and the Pole Line Road.
The OPP will be in charge of this brief closure and should people wish they can avoid any delays by using Pole Line Road and Pebblestone Road. Further, Highway 588 from Highway 11/17 to Harstone Road will be closed from 7:05 am to 7:45 am. The OPP will be at this closure as well and traffic will be able to bypass any delays by taking the Harstone Road east towards Thunder Bay if they wish.
While the roads will remain open; runners will be out on the Harstone Road west of Highway 588 until they head north on to Luckens Road until they reach the Provincial Park.
Finally Highway 11/17 will be down to one lane travelling through the village of Kakabeka for those folks travelling towards Thunder Bay. The west bound lanes will remain unaffected. We ask motorists to keep their eyes open for the runners and feel free to honk their support when they see them.
Registrations remain open – and we still need a couple more sponsors. If you are interested in participating or being a sponsor please check us out on Facebook page at Kakabeka Falls Legion Half Marathon.
Kakabeka Falls Legion Half Marathon