We are officially at 96 registered Team MitoCanada Ottawa members. Woohoo!
Most will be on the start line Saturday or Sunday – some will cheer us on as they have been sidelined by late injuries (boo!). I have met some of you, and to those I have yet to meet – WELCOME and Thank You for choosing to support Team MitoCanada.
A reminder that Team MitoCanada will have a cheering station along the half marathon and full marathon route. We will be located in front of Red Chair Kids at the corner of Wellington Street West and Clarendon Avenue. Please pass along to friends and family who may want to cheer you on from our cheering station. All are welcome. Team MitoCanada ‘swag’ will be on sale including; water bottles, t-shirts, sun visor hats, etc.
For those of you running the half or full marathon, please be on the lookout for the cheering station and give a shout out to the folks there. We want to get an ‘action’ shot of you on the course and will have a photographer watching for you.
Now is the time to rest and stay healthy. No more workouts for the 5k and 10k runners save for a very short and easy run tomorrow to ‘wake up’ your legs. Hydrate Hydrate Hydrate – fill that water bottle and carry it with you over the next couple of days. It will be warm out there on Saturday evening.
Half Marathon and Marathoners, what a journey to get here! Consider an easy 5k run on Saturday and focus on rest and hydration. No walking around the Race Expo endlessly! And, you know the drill – hydrate.
We will have a photographer/videographer at the Finish Line on Sunday who would love to get a photo or quick ‘sound bite’ from the half marathoners and marathoners right after the race. Keep an eye out for Danielle and give her a few minutes please. It will make for a great post-race production video we have planned! Thank you.
Maybe one last push or email for fundraising? Now is the time. Our team goal of $15,000 is within reach. We are at $10,108. WOW!
I am overwhelmed at what we have achieved so far. Remind friends, family, co-workers, neighbours, random strangers… that you are running for an amazing cause. MitoCanada is the only Canadian charity to raise awareness, provide support and support research for mitochondrial disease in Canada. Mitochondrial disease is a very isolating disease. Families who are affected feel alone and are scared. Children and adults who are afflicted with this disease need a more rapid diagnosis, they need treatment and they need a cure.
You are all helping to change this.
Your biggest challenge isn’t someone else. It’s the ache in your lungs and the burning in your legs, and the voice inside you that yells, “CAN’T,” but you don’t listen. You just push harder. And then you hear the voice whisper, “can.” And you discover that the person you thought you were is no match for the one you really are. -Unknown