HomeXam Joins Running Scared Ottawa

Running Scared Ottawa is a locally organized trail run of various distances to raise money for the Canadian Diabetes Association. This year it will be based at the Capital Memorial Gardens at 3700 Prince of Wale Drive on the morning of October 25th. While intended as a fun run for all ages, serious runners are welcomed too with the addition of formal timing this year and a new 15 km option. Just a week before Halloween, runners are encouraged to race in costume. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes as well as course completion times. More information and online registration are available at www.runningscaredottawa.com.

Sarah Culley re Running Scared Ottawa from HomeXam.

Since 2011, Jenna and Company has organized an annual 5 km run in Barrhaven to raise money for the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA). Each year the event has grown. Last year 350 runners participated and founders Jenna Swinwood and Bev Clarke were able to provide a donation of over $5,000 to the CDA. This year the facilities of Capital Memorial Gardens have generously been made available to relocate the run nestled in between the communities of Barrhaven and Manotick. Recently Robert Simpson and I have joined in as fellow organizers.

Robert has a personal stake in the diabetes cause. His wife has been a high risk type 1 diabetic for 46 years. In their 42 years together, they have dealt with the daily challenges of this life threatening disease. She endures four or more blood tests a day with injections of insulin to follow. The challenge of trying to keep blood sugars in balance is constant. Francine has learned a lot over the years from the quarterly magazine that is published by the CDA. She constantly demonstrates the importance of good diet and exercise. Robert is particularly pleased to be an organizer of an event which supports exercise and the CDA at the same time.

The theme of running scared was inspired by a guest speaker from the CDA that Bev heard in 2010. The speaker told the story of her diagnosis of unstable type 1 diabetes at 21 years old and how she had been supported by the CDA. She had decided that she would join Team Diabetes and run a marathon. She trained and ran her marathon in Rio De Janeiro in 2009. She spoke about the difficulty she experienced running in the heat and having her blood sugar rising and falling throughout the race. The run was both exhilarating and scary all at the same time. Her story really inspired Bev and with that Running Scared came to life.

This year we hope to have 500 registrants! Serious runners, recreational runners and families with kids are all welcome to participate. Choose your challenge from a 1 km road circuit in the cemetery to 5, 10 or 15 km trail runs though the woods. Wear a costume and get in the spirit of Halloween. I’m counting on Manotick runners to win some of those prizes and for everyone to have fun for a good cause.

Capital Memorial Gardens’ new building will provide indoor booth space for local businesses who also wish to participate in this event. Sponsorship packages at various levels are available. See the website for details, contact Bev at bclark@swinwood.com or phone (613) 520-4151.

Author: Rob Cornish is a Home Inspector in Ottawa, Canada. © 2014 HomeXam Inc.
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