The Chamber of Commerce’s Amazing Race

The Chamber of Commerce’s Amazing Race

Each year on Victoria Weekend Carleton Place was the place to go as the Carleton Place Chamber of Commerce sponsored a marathon race. It was a 7 mile race from Almonte to Carleton Place and they came for miles to run this race. They began their race just outside of Almonte and finished at the Carleton Place Town Hall. It took them just a little over half an hour to complete the race.


Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  22 May 1956, Tue,  Page 28


CA038554-W (1).jpgCarleton Place Marathon Race May 19 1956


Marilyn White– It used to end at the old grandstands behind The Catholic Church. A huge dance was held upstairs in the Townhall. My first time to go to dance I was 16. Great excitement for the town.



Gord Cross  I also noted the newspaper article on the 1954 Victoria Day run from Almonte to Carleton Place. I ran that race with George Pike and we came dead last after running for 63 minutes. We had agreed to stay together until the bridge then it was each man for himself – neither of us had anything left so we tied for last (12th) place. The next year I ran it is 40 minutes and placed way down the list because a platoon of soldiers from Petawawa finished at the head of the pack. Such memories. 


photo Gord Cross

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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