Team MitoCanada Ottawa – Update Posted May 2, 2012 by juliedrury


Hi everyone,

Our team is slowly growing. We now have 70 runners participating in Ottawa Race Weekend to raise awareness and support and funds for research for MitoCanada.

There is still room on the Team! It would be amazing to get to 100 runners, so please spread the word with family, friends, co-workers or neighbours who are also registered to run at Race Weekend in Ottawa.



I hope everyone is gearing up for fundraising. We are 26 days from race day and this is the time to start to get the word out about what you are doing the weekend of May 27th-28th and why. Visit the MitoCanada website to learn more about mitochondrial disease and start to spread the word about how important this charity is to Canadians and their families struggling with this disease. Facebook, Twitter, email, face to face conversations (imagine!) are all great tools to help you reach your fundraising goals.  Here is a short blurb you could post:

I will be running for Team MitoCanada at Ottawa Race Weekend May 27th and 28th, 2012.

Mitochondrial disease affects 1 in 4000 people. Mitochondria are the energy engines of the cell, when they fail cells fail in the body. If a large enough number of cells fail, organ failure, chronic illness and serious medical conditions an occur. Common conditions related to mitochondrial disease include: hearing loss, blindness, muscular weakness and neuropathy, gastrointestinal conditions, impaired cognitive functioning.

Mitochondrial disease has no treatment or cure at this time – but with your help we can raise awareness, support for families living with this disease and funds for research.

The goal for the Team MitoCanada Project is to raise AWARENESS for mitochondrial disease and to raise funds to support the mission of MitoCanada. I hope you will consider sponsoring me for this important cause. Please visit my donation page at: xxx


For more information on mitochondrial disease you can visit


Don’t forget to visit our fundraising page (Donate) and to set up your electronic account under Team MitoCanada Ottawa. I you need further information on how to do this, please contact me



Team MitoCanada Cheering Station – Ottawa Half Marathon and Full Marathon

I am excited to announce that we will be partnering with Bushtukah and Ottawa Race Weekend to host a cheering station during the half and full marathons. We’ll be proudly flying our MitoCanada colors and making lots of noise for the runners to cheer them on. I am sure many of you have friends or family who would like to join us. We’ll be setting up in the parking lot of Bushtukah on Richmond Road. Bring out your posters, noisemakers and best cheering voice! Our cheering station will be on location from 7 a.m. until noon. (Note: If you would like to see the elite runners go by, it is recommended that you arrive by 7 a.m.)


Team MitoCanada and Bushtukah

Bushtukah is one of the key supporters of MitoCanada. I am happy to let you know that they have included all MitoCanada team members into their athlete database to receive a regular 10% in-store discount. Simply let the staff person at the checkout know that you are with Team MitoCanada and you will receive this regular discount (excluding sale items).

Bushtukah has 2 great locations on Richmond Road and in Kanata and have all the gear you need for running, cycling, swimming, cross country skiing and more.


Team MitoCanada In The News

We are beginning to get some media coverage in advance of Ottawa Race Weekend. Check out this weekend’s Ottawa Citizen and Ottawa Citizen online for an inspiring interview with Team MitoCanada Ottawa athletes Sarah Antonakos and Alyson McNish who will be telling their stories about how mitochondrial disease has touched them.


You can also check out the recent Running for a Reason blog on the iRun website where they have published a recent article I have submitted about Team MitoCanada

I also had an opportunity for a radio interview chat with Mark Sutcliffe, the publisher of iRun (my interview is around minute 21)

Happy Running!



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