Schomberg Country Run

The 10th Annual Schomberg Country Run is being held this September to commemorate Rev. Sheilagh Ashworth and her commitment to Indigenous issues. We are hoping for a "best ever" event to honour Rev. Sheilagh’s life of service. This year, in keeping with Rev. Sheilagh’s expressed wishes, 100% of the funds raised will be assigned to Toronto Urban Native Ministry (TUNM), a joint project of the United Church of Canada and the Anglican Diocese of Toronto, located in Trinity Square, Toronto. Funds raised will be matched, dollar for dollar, through a generous donor to FaithWorks (a special outreach fund of the Anglican Diocese of Toronto).

The Run is a virtual event. Participants can run, walk, or stroll any time between September 16th and Sept. 26th! Participants may devise their own 5k route or follow the traditional route starting at St Mary Magdalene’s available starting September 16th.

The entry fee for any individual is $25 which includes a free Schomberg Country Run mask (adult or youth size). The family registration fee of $50 covers all those residing in the same household as well as 3 masks. The Run opens at 6:00 pm on September 16th at St. Mary Magdalene Church, 116 Church Street, Schomberg. On-site registration will be available, masks distributed, coffee and treats will be offered. The finale will be Saturday, September 26th at St. Mary Magdalene’s Church starting at 9 am. On-site registration will again be available as well as mask pickup. Closing ceremonies will be held at 11:00 am.
Online registration is available on Eventbrite for your convenience. You can also download Registration Form and Sponsorship Sheet.

Like us on the Anglican Parish of Lloydtown Facebook Page, and please post selfies of your progress!

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Previous Years

The 9th annual Schomberg Country Run took place on Saturday, September 28th @ St. Mary Magdalene. The volunteer committee was pleased to welcome Mim Harder at start the event who performed  a smudging ceremony – custom of indigenous cultures for centuries as a way to create a cleansing smoke bath that is used to purify the body, aura, energy, ceremonial/ritual space or any other space and personal articles. Thank you to all runners/walkers, sponsors, prize donors and volunteer organizers!

Results can be viewed here.

Brochure PIK FINAL

Water Project – Pikangikum

 The 8th annual Schomberg Country Run was a great success. See below for photos and an update.



Thank you everyone, for your support with this year’s 8th Annual Schomberg Country Run. 
Together, we continue to make a difference.

Reverend Sheilagh Ashworth speaks about the Schomberg Country Run at Synod. See YouTube video here.

“…Reverend Sheilagh Ashworth’s opening remarks included the news that the Boil Water advisory has been lifted for Pikangikum, and they now have qualified personnel to monitor the central water supply. Work continues to pipe the water to the homes of the families living in the community. There is ongoing construction/installation of indoor bathrooms and running water in kitchens, which is where thousands of dollars raised by the Run have been going over the years.”

Building off last year’s success, the Schomberg Country Run, which took participants through the beautiful countryside of King Township, raised a significant portion of the funds support the clean drinking water initiative for Pikangikum and the work of the Anglican Parish of Lloydtown (Kettleby, Nobleton & Schomberg).

You can get involved for 2019 by sponsoring the event, registering for the run or by volunteering on race day. For more information, call (905) 939-2314

This family-friendly event welcomes everyone. 



The Schomberg Country Run is always on the last Saturday of September

In the year 2000 the Pikangikum reserve in northern Ontario had the highest suicide rate in the world.

  • Schomberg and Pikangikum had the same population in 2000.  After our priest visited with the Anglican National Indigenous Bishop, The Right Rev. Mark Macdonald, Rev. Sheilagh gathered a committee to host the first Schomberg Country Run in 2011 to increase awareness and begin to address this very difficult issue.  The Pimatisiwin Nipi Living Water Group has been successful in installing a number of water systems in homes in Pikangikum and is working with local residents there to address issues of basic infrastructure for water and waste removal.
  • To learn more about water issues in Ontario Reserves click here