Community Running Backwards for Women at the Servus Calgary Marathon

    Running Backwards for Women at the Servus Calgary Marathon


    I was called chicken when I first got into running. Then what was supposed to be a one and done thing, led to so much more and it gave me a reason to run and give back. Some people can’t run. I am fortunate, and often we take that for granted.

    I run for a different charity every year at next month’s Servus Calgary Marathon. I’ve raised over $30,000 for charity. I love to run and how it makes me feel and I want to use that power and emotion to help other people. I know I am lucky to be able to do what I love.

    In the last few years, I have let my peers choose what I raise money for. This year, I was introduced to the unbelievable work of the YWCAa historically essential organization that helps women and their families during a time of need.

    Initially, the Calgary Marathon didn’t have the YWCA as a registered charity—but they do now on my fundraising page.

    I have chosen to keep my efforts the same through the Banff Marathon, but to celebrate Calgarys 60th anniversary I wanted to do something different, something bigger. I will be running the 60 kilometre ultra marathon at the Servus Calgary Marathon on May 26 backwards. Yes: you read that right. Backwards. And I will be running with a hoody on, with inspiring messages from women, runners and people and in my life.

    Their quotes, their voice, their message—shared with our community about uniting through running to help each other in a time of need. Empowering each other.

    The way running empowers me.

    Every backward step I take, with each handprint and message on my sweater, is a stride towards healing and empowerment. This challenge is more than a race, it’s a symbol. Looking back at the past, we are moving forward, setting ourselves free.

    Your support transforms every kilometre into a step for change. I’m running the 60K ultramarathon next month in Calgary backwards. Together, let’s move forward—and help everybody succeed. To make a donation, please click here.

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