I took the day and traveled to Toronto with Louise Smith to attend a press conference and join in on a walk for SMA.
You may know that we have been fundraising through the Rebecca Run for Spinal Muscular Atrophy for 18 years to find a cure for spinal muscular atrophy. Glenis and I have been volunteering with race director Louise Smith since the race was in the planning stage.
Although a cure hasn’t been found, a drug that can help slow the progression and in some cases give back abilities has been found and is in production. Although extremely expensive, to the point that basically no family can afford it, 43 countries and the province of Quebec have approved it for all SMA patients. Canada with the exception of Quebec has said no to all SMA patients. Only patients 12 years old and under who have never walked or are not intubated qualify. That leaves out children over the age of 12 and adults without access to this life altering, potentially life saving drug.
I saw the pain in the parents’ eyes as they pleaded for their older children. These young adults worry about their parents just as their parents worry about them. To hear the university students explain how they manage living on their own, manage classes and manage their disability was astounding. How can Canada make a decision that will make it more difficult for them than it already is? Is it the cost? Are we not all worthy?
I can’t comprehend Canada’s decision, but I will be there to help wherever I can to convince them to change their decision. Join us.
Glenis and I joined in a sweet little Fun Run put on by OUTRace – Ontario Ultra and Trail Run Series over by Creemore on Saturday. It was great! About 35 runners out for a lark on a sweet little 7.5k loop. The idea was to do 4 loops in 6 hours or as far as you wanted to go.
The course was challenging, with steep slippery up hill climbs on ATV trails, grass cover trails along alfalfa fields, slick down hills on single tracks and a couple of river crossings. It also had the BEST gentle down hill run ever on the back half. Oh ya and it rained a bit just to add to the best fun on a trail run!
No points were awarded for this run but they had awesome awards at the end and everyone got a 30th Anniversary OUTRace toque just for showing up.
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!
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)
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!
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!
Last Saturday was the Pride Parade in town! Glenis had a prime spectator seat as it wound by the store. She said the parade was great, the crowds so deep along the side walk that she took a ladder out to sit on top of it so she could see and take these great pictures!
What every gal needs is a time to hang out with her running friends, which usually are her best friends! We had a wonder 23 hours with our closest running friends. The four of us got together during our marathons days years ago, so it was great to get together to reminisce, catch up with each other and to plan another adventure.
The last adventure we had was a little mountain climbing last year in the Adirondacks. After a lot of laughter this years plans are well under way for another great adventure.
A little hiking, a lot of laughing, love these girls!