I love living in the moment, hence the name of my company. I try to make the most of every moment because you never know when you’re time here is done. So, as you all know, I have taken up competing in triathlons and duathlons. I’m not really there for the competition because I will never be a top athlete but more for myself. They give me a reason to stay fit and a goal to work for. My running training is going quite well. Because of the crappy weather my cycling training is not going great…even though I don’t really have an excuse because I do have a spin bike here at home that will work just as well.
I have been thinking a lot about the fact that I haven’t registered for any running races this summer, thinking I should add a 10km race in there somewhere. I logged on to Facebook last night, looking to see if any of you had contacted me to plan a wicked summer event for you and what do I find instead…a friend looking to put a team in for a running relay. Without hesitation I offered my new found running abilities because the event is a fundraiser for childhood cancer.
I’m sure most of you know but I lost my 3 year-old nephew, Elgin-Alexander Fraser, to Neuroblastoma, a rare childhood cancer, on May 19, 2007. Having watched him, my sister and brother-in-law go through that has opened my heart and pocket book to any childhood cancer fundraiser.
So, in September I will be running with my team mates in Toronto in the Sears Great Canadian Run.
“The Sears Great Canadian Run is a long distance running relay that brings Canadians together in the unified goal of ending pediatric cancer. In support of the Sears Canada Charitable Foundation, funds will be directed to the 16 pediatric oncology centres across Canada which support the research and treatment of kids cancer. The Sears Great Canadian Run will link together major Canadian cities and resort destinations, providing teams of 3 to 6 people with exciting, challenging and beautiful routes that will celebrate the Canadian landscape.”
“The Sears Great Canadian Run is a long distance running relay from Toronto to Blue Mountain. While experiencing some of Ontario’s finest landscape, teams of 3 – 6 will run 141 kilometers from Woodbine Shopping Centre in Toronto to The Village at Blue Mountain. With 25 exchange points along the route, and stages of varying lengths from 3 to 12 kilometers, teams will be able to determine their own strategy to manage the course.”
I am very excited! But also extremely nervous because everyone I am running with takes running pretty seriously and can do long distances. I still haven’t run a 10km. I am not going to let that stop me though, I am going to my very best and run my heart out for Elgin. I have all summer to train.
I will carry Elgin with me during the run. I was going to attach his photo to the inside of my hat but you know what, I have one of those arm bands for my ipod, I will put his photo in there. He will run the race with me. If he could battle cancer for three years I can certainly run for a day.
Our team has to raise $5000 to be able to participate so we are going to be putting on a huge fundraiser of some kind. We have no idea yet of what kind of fundraiser but keep an eye on my website for details, we’ll be looking for your donations!
Uncle Trevor, Mekayla and Alyssa miss you so much. I hope you can find some time between your heavenly hockey games to join me on my run.
Julia O’Grady has big vision, fresh ideas and a proven track record in the events industry. She and her team work hard to exceed client expectations and push ITM Events to achieve greater heights. A driven entrepreneur, Julia also manages the business side of ITM Events including human resources, finances, marketing and writing grant and sales proposals. In taking a high level approach to event management, Julia is able to visualize a project from inception to successful execution. She attracts valuable sponsors by offering meaningful opportunities to engage with participants. Julia uses her keen analytical mind to create incredible events that maximize the available budget. When Julia isn’t planning unforgettable events, she loves travelling the world with her family, staying active, and enjoying fine food and martinis.
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