2018 Rebecca Run for Spinal Muscular Artophy

Rebecca Run 2018

Today I volunteered at the Rebecca Run for Spinal Muscular Atrophy. The run has been hosted in Newmarket for the last 17 years. I’ve volunteered for 16 of those years, the race just keeps growing.

As always it was a beautiful morning of running, walking, families and adorable kids. The day featured a timed 5k, a 3k run /walk and a 1k kids run. There was something for every ability and the kids show you how to get it done. Hats off to Corey and her team for another great event and to Louise for starting it all!

Today $115,000 was raised for research to find a cure. A gene therapy cure is so close but more research funds are needed to make this cure a reality. So many kids are waiting. Check out the website.

http://www.rebeccarun.com

http://www.rebeccarun.com/about-sma.html

http://www.rebeccarun.com/sponsors.html

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Storm the Trent – in Haliburton!

We had a blast volunteering at this years SST. We can’t wait until next year to join in the fun!

Sisters

 

If you are wondering, Crash Mclaren has moved on to a splint soon to be removed! Yay! Onto our next adventure! (A blurry photo, she never stays still! LOL)

splint

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Crash Mclaren!

Today was a beautiful spring day, but the store needed to be opened so we debated between running in or taking our bikes. Well, we really need the seat time so we met at the trailhead on our bikes and headed in. Did I mention it was a beautiful day?

Along the trail we met George Biondic, the ultimate ultra runner and congratulated him on his new Canadian Record, over 900k in 10 days! What an accomplishment!

We rode along, dodging downed trees from yesterday’s wind storm and rode up to the trailhead at Timothy Street. It was the first day of the farmers market and it was kind of busy in that area of town. Glenis was ahead of me and disappeared around the corner. The next think I know, she is on the ground! Crashed! Dare I say – again! (Last year riding the trail she crashed and broke her toes.) She rode up to the trailhead and hesitated a minute too soon on where to go next, off the curb or a sharp right on the walk way. That little hesitation crashed her into a huge railroad crossing pole!

People came running! Oh boy, from all directions, almost cleared out the farmer’s market! Her hands were a bit of a mess and she rang her bell, but up she got. I grabbed both bikes and we wandered to the store. We had a look and realized she needed more first aid than was at hand so off she went to emerge.

She’s always smiling. (Wait until she tries to knit!) Broken hand and cuts. I did mention she better get a waterproof cast! Storm the Trent is only few weeks away!

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Raid the Rib 2018

A little mud, a few hills and a lot of fun! The Sisters joined in on the fun and participated in Don’t Get Losts Raid the Rib on Sunday. The event was held on the Niagara escarpment down near Niagara-on-the-Lake based out of Niagara College, a perfect venue for this event.

Course is mapped out and we are ready to go!

This was the first time we were able to participate as a team of two in a Raid. That meant we only had to look after one another throughout the run.

Maps in hand and compasses security tucked away in our packs off we went. This year there were 4 controls you could find in any order that were not worth points called the spine and a number of ribs off the spine that were full of points to find. We planned our route and stuck to it. Picking off the spine controls along with some of the ribs.

Screaming Tunnel, and mud!

It sounds easy but we were running up and down the escarpment, through mud (lots of mud), rocks, boulders and brush. Up and down cliffs and through more than a few streams that flow off the escarpment. It was a blast! We found every control we had planned to find and even the bonus controls.

Looking for the control

After scrapping off the mud we enjoyed the barbecue and salads and Glenis even won some of the draw prizes! A great day! Bring on the next event – Storm the Trent!

Listening to last minute instructions and the Winner is! (of the draw prize)

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We’re Back!

Last year was a bit of a bust for the Sisters but we are recovered, home, healthy and ready to go this year.

We’ve been planning our season and our training for this year. We are excited to get started with Raid the Rib in two weeks down near Niagara on the Lake.

Now that the weather has finally decided to cooperated we got some miles in on the bike today!

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2017 Peak to Peak

After a summer of vacations and injury we finally got out for an adventure run at the Peak to Peak. It was Glenis’s first run after her little bike accident which landed her foot in a boot! She did great, I might have to stomp on her other foot to slow her down (just joking). 


We were pretty proud of ourselves, hitting all our planned CP’s until we came to the last one and I realized I had lost my SportIdent (my timer). I know I had it at CP84 but bushwhacking through thick brambles must have ripped it from my finger and it was gone when we arrived at CP 85! We even retraced our steps, or tried to, all the way back to CP 84. Standing at the control, neither of us could remember the exact way we had chosen to bushwhacked our way towards the next CP. With all the leaves on the ground, it was like looking for that needle in a haystack! 

A not so nice way to finish but we felt pretty darn good with our navigation and our first run event in months!  

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12/150 Back on the trail! 

Yay! We are back racing! Well that’s is debatable, racing that is, but the Sisters ran the Iroquois Trail Test today! Beautiful day, challenging course, lots of heart pumping fun. we even had an awesome guest with us, Cecilia! The three of us rock the course, and yes there were tons of rocks, and hills and more rocks, a true Test! Yay for us! 

Thanks for remembering to take this photo, Cecilia!



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11/150 UKFAST Manchester 10k

Sunday morning Glenis ran the UKFAST UKFAST WE LOVE MANCHESTER 10K. That lucky girl is visiting the UK for a few weeks and decided she better run a little bit while she is there!

“The UKFast We Love Manchester 10k is known for its fast route and friendly atmosphere as well as its popularity in the region – commonly known as ‘the peoples race’. We welcome runners of all abilities, in this the perfect 10k event to beat your personal best, meet other runners and to raise money for charity, with over 3,000 entrants in 2016” according to their website.

It sounds like it was a lot of fun. She said it was a really hot day but I know Glenis, she loves the heat she would have been grinning ear to ear!

Glenis is having a great time visiting the UK, she has even taken a side trip to Spain.

I wish I was over there to run with my sister, and cheer her on. I know she missed me trotting by her side. She did send over a few pictures of her accomplishment!

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10/150 The 16th Annual Rebecca Run for Spinal Muscular Atrophy

I was back at it today, volunteering at the Rebecca Run.

I started volunteering for the race back in 2001. Louise Smith and I were training for a marathon when she came up with the idea for a run to raise funds for SMA. Rebecca had just been diagnosed. It was during those long training runs that the idea to make it the best family friendly race developed.

Back then I was in charge of finding donations for the race kits. We wanted huge race kits at the Rebecca Run and we got them. We had so much stuff and not just samples sizes but full size bottle and packages of toiletries and pasta. We had to have shopping bags donated to put it all in. I even had 300 condoms donated!

It’s not like that now. No race bags to worry about but the people still come out to run and donated for the kids and their families. Corporate sponsors have come on board and their work and donations are truly appreciated.


Today was spectacular because Louise was able to stand up and announce that the new drug Spinraza, was approved by Health Canada, in July, for treatment of SMA in Canada. Yeah!


It’s a crazy expensive drug. According to the New York Times, Spinraza “will be among the most expensive drugs in the world”, with an estimated cost US$750,000 in the first year of treatment and “about US$375,000 annually after that.” Now to get insurance companies on board!

As Louise put it, this news doesn’t mean our job is done. We can’t stop until there is a cure!

So the Blister Sisters will be back at the Rebecca Run next year!

If you are looking for a fun race, chipped timed, with a family appeal consider the Rebecca Run next year. The kids can use your help.
Check out the Rebecca Run website for updates , photos of the event and a place to donate. 

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9/150. How did you celebrate? 

July 1st 2017 Canada’s 150 Birthday! 

It truly is remarkable that Canada is celebrating 150 years. We are a strong, young country. Difficulties and differences have come up but the people who make up this country have a common goal in developing a strong, free nation. Every one of Canada’s 150 years is worth celebrating. 

Happy Birthday Canada! 

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