The fifth annual Railway City Road Races took place on Sunday, September 23rd, 2018
with the half marathon starting in Port Stanley. This year in honour of former St.
Thomas Fire Chief Rob Broadbent the half marathon race has been renamed to the RCRR
Rob Broadbent Half Marathon. Former St. Thomas Fire Chief Broadbent was a key organizer
of the RCRR, an avid runner himself, and it was his leadership and passion that
convinced the organizing committee to introduce a half marathon distance race to
complement the 5 km and 10 km distances, as well as Choo Choo Challenge for children.
In 2017, Broadbent was diagnosed with cancer and he sadly died just weeks before
The Railway City Road Races is a charity event that began in 2014, and in it's first
year raised over $12,000 to support Orthopedics at the St. Thomas Elgin General
Hospital. For the 5 KM and 10 KM 2015 events the races utilized the paved recreation
paths that the City of St. Thomas had just completed and that event raised $16,000
for Orthopaedics at STEGH. The event in 2016 added a half marathon route starting
in Port Stanley and then to St. Thomas, ending at the CASO Station. The Port Stanley
Terminal Rail Train provided transportation to the start line for the runners, and
a return trip for family members. The 2016 Railway City Road Races had a great turnout,
with over 400 participants, 95 volunteers and lots of family cheering on the runners,
that made it a great day for everyone!
The 2017 Railway City Road Races also had a great turnout, with over 520 participants,
of which 84 runners participated in the Port Stanley half marathon, and raised $18,500
for STEGH Orthopedics that year. The Port Stanley Optimist Club was also on duty
at half marathon water stations.
2018 official race results
2018 Railway City Road Races