A Nostalgic Celebration of In-Person Races

by Katelyn Palmer

With the one-year anniversary of “cancellations” approaching, I’m increasingly nostalgic for those far-too early in the morning race day wake-up alarms. The giddiness and anticipation that months of training may (or may not) result in personal bests (PB) or stretch goal accomplishments. The near universal experience of pricking a finger while trying to safely pin a bib to our chosen shirts. Those moments on the course when you realize the only barrier between the here and now and crossing that finish line is in fact you. Heck, I even miss complaining about the anatomical advantage of cis-gendered male racers who can avoid the unending queues to the porta potties. So, this is a celebration of our deeply beloved but not forgotten in-person races.

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Race Giving

Race: Heritage Law Offices presents Big Gifts for Little Lives 5K Walk/Run
Charity: Big Gifts for Little Lives
Funds raised to date: $105,000

by Lindsey Kemp

Big Gifts for Little Lives was founded in 2017 by Lindsey Kemp after she found out her five-month-old son, George, was in heart failure and was going to need a heart transplant. While her son was waiting for a heart, Lindsey organized a 5K Walk/Run and silent auction where, because of generous sponsorship, 100% of the donations went towards Pediatric Heart Transplant Research at the Stollery to hopefully one day find a cure. Many people do not realize that any type of transplant is not a cure. Pediatric hearts only last about 15 to 20 years. And because this is such a niche area in medicine, funding for research is imperative. Continue reading “Race Giving”

Race Giving

Race: Foodfare-WPS Half Marathon
Charity: The Canadian Cancer Society
Funds raised in 2019: over $2 million

by Nick Paulet

For the 15th year, participants from across Manitoba and beyond gathered to celebrate personal goals as well as community service. On May 5, the 15th annual Foodfare-Winnipeg Police Service Half Marathon was held in support of the Canadian Cancer Society. Continue reading “Race Giving”

Race Giving

Race: the Salvation Army Santa Shuffle
Funds raised in 2018: $650,000
Funds raised to date: $5.8 million

by Angela Rafuse

In partnership with Running Room, the Salvation Army’s Santa Shuffle is an annual event that raises funds for Salvation Army community programs. It features two distances (a 5K Fun Run and a 1K Elf Walk) and plenty of festive spirit. The funds raised go directly to the communities involved to provide food, clothing, shelter and empowerment for vulnerable Canadians. Continue reading “Race Giving”

Race Giving

by Courtney Jolliffe

Race: Kathy’s Run for Pancreatic Cancer
Funds raised in 2018: $50,000.00
Funds raised to date: $800,000.00

Kathy’s Run has become one of the largest runs in Canada dedicated solely to raising funds for pancreatic cancer research. During the last weekend of October, hundreds of racers came out in Calgary and Edmonton wearing their best purple outfits to take on a 5K, 10K or 21K and raise much-needed funds to support life-saving research for the early detection of pancreatic cancer. Continue reading “Race Giving”