I am really hoping we can get some hotter weather that we can complain about plus remember when it is freezing outside!!!
How did everyone like running from Mike Weir Park this past Saturday = different venue, different routes? Please let us know since we could do other venues from time to time??
I spent the last four (4) days in the KW area doing the cycling "Tour for Kids" (Ontario Division). It was very rewarding and also gut wrenching, since every morning before the ride started and every evening after dinner, they brought out children to speak who have or have had cancer to tell their story. There were also parents there to tell the stories of children who did not make it! The event raised $1,000,000 + to send kids to camps where they can forget about their disease (for a while) and just enjoy themselves and since they are at camp with other kids who have cancer, they do not stand out - they are just there having fun. On Saturday's ride we actually visited one of the camps. Parents attend too in order that they have a rest from the constant care giving. I sure realized how lucky I am to have healthy children and grand children and never have had to go through an ordeal like these people have had to endure.
NOW - the reason I mention this is because we, as runners, join up for races and yes the entry fee, in most cases, goes to the charity that the race is sponsoring however I do not think that we are close enough to (or know enough about) some of the local races and what they actually do for the community. The Blue Water Health run on September 7th will benefit the BWH Foundation to aid Sarnia to have a first class hospital, which I am sure we all benefit from - eventually. The same can be said for the Denise VanHooren Inspirational race in May - for the local Hospice, as well as the YMCA Bridge Race and our own MoRun. SO pick your races / events with the charity in mind - think about what the race supports and perhaps even make an effort to donate or raise a small amount for the charity that is the benefactor - it does not have to be a lot - just something to make you feel good and to show the community that you care.
The C25K runners are progressing towards their goal race (if they want to do it) on September 7th - 5K at the BWH event. Jackie and Myself will plan to run the actual route with the C25K people ( a couple of times) before the race to make sure they are familiar with the route and area. C25K runners, please plan to do this Wednesday night this week!
Finally - how about some input into how we are doing as an organization or as coaches (NOT a call for accolades). Is there anything that you would like to see us do that we are not doing? - OR - are we doing something that erks the heck out of you - lets us know with an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Dick for FoF