Schomberg Country Run – Years Past

11th Annual Schomberg Country Run a Great Success

We are pleased to announce the success of the 11th Annual Schomberg Country Run.   Together, we set a record, raising $25,000 and in keeping with Rev. Sheilagh’s original vision, 100% of the proceeds have be assigned by the Primate’s World Relief and Development Program to a water project intended to improve water quality and maintenance in Indigenous communities. Visit Water First to learn more about how the money you raise will help the First Nations of Canada.

Thank you to everyone who participated by walking, running, or helping to raise funds.

Previous Years

This year’s 10th Annual virtual Schomberg Country Run was a record breaking event by all measures. The event raised  $22,000– more than double the original goal. These funds will be matched by an anonymous donor from FaithWorks and  $44,000 in total will be directed to Toronto Urban Native Ministry (TUNM). A record 110 registrants participated as runners, walkers, strollers, and scooters from all across Canada and far away as Florida.

The overwhelming success happened with  significant support by All Saints Anglican King City, Trinity Anglican Church Aurora, the United Churches of King Township, and St Johns Anglican Church East Orangeville. There were also a number large anonymous donations from clergy and lay persons who wanted to be included in this memorial ‘for Sheilagh’.

Thank you to the registrants, donors,  both corporate and runner sponsors, as well as the willing volunteers for your participation, generosity, and dedication which made the 10th Annual Schomberg Country Run a landmark event.


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