I’m super excited to have been selected to be one of 14 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Digital Champions for 2016.
I’ll let the Canada Running Series explain what the Digital Champions program is all about:
For the past three years, the Digital Champions Program has brought together dedicated, connected, and inspiring runners to act as ambassadors of the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon.
This year, we are adding an exciting new component to this program with the STWM Scotiabank Charity Challenge! Our 2016 Digital Champions team represents runners who are making every step count as they run and fundraise for one of our 186 official charities! Get to know our team and connect with them throughout your training for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon!
Fundraising takes centre stage
That second part is the most exciting to me. As my friends and family know, our family is touched by a genetic condition called Fragile X Syndrome. Mackenzie, our oldest daughter copes with Fragile X which is a major cause of inherited mental impairment. For her that means a learning disability, and moderate anxiety. Ginny is a carrier of the genetic defect which causes a few different issues for her as well.
A few years back I was part of Team Fragile X which raised over $88,000 for the Fragile X Research Foundation of Canada. Over the years, the Team has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for research through Canada Running Series events in Toronto and Vancouver. I’ll be raising money again this year, and Team Fragile X is back again as well.
Canada Running Series
Running has been a big part of my life since 2008. My very first race was a Canada Running Series event and I’ve run many since then. They do so much for the running community in Toronto and also for the hundreds of local and national charities that benefit from money raised by runners participating in CRS events.
Since 2003, CRS and other events that are part of the Scotiabank Charity Challenge have raised over $50 million for local Canadian charities. Amazing.
I’m super proud to be a Digital Champion and I’m very excited to share my training journey along with my fundraising efforts between now and race day on October 16, 2016.