The Big Reveal: Meet the 13 Members of our 3KG Challenge Team

 Some familiar faces (and voices!) will be participating in this year’s 3KG Challenge on April 24.

 These 13 individuals will simulate running 5 km as a dialysis patient by wearing 3-kg of extra weight as they run. These specially-weighted vests imitate the average water weight that a person with chronic kidney disease accumulates between dialysis treatments. It’s all part of Alive to Strive Kidney Fitness Project’s mission to raise awareness of the challenges of kidney disease. 

People of all fitness levels and experience are encouraged to join us for our annual fundraising race on Sunday, April 24, 2016. Register now or find out more about our grant program.

Meet our 2016 3KG Challenge teams


 Julie Findlay-edit Julie Findlay, Blogger “Mom in the Know” (

A woman, a friend, a mom, a wife, an educator and a communicator; Julie is an active, athletic and energetic community-oriented person with a zest for life. After completing her Bachelor of Education degree, she went on to teach, host a season of the International Gourmet, and act as a spokesperson for Foodland Ontario.  Since becoming a mother, she has remained active in both the community and the communications field in her role as “Mom in the Know.”  As Mom in the Know, she acts as a spokesperson informing the public about available community and business services to help them with the management of their families and careers.


Mark Manners-editMark Manners, Head Coach of Ottawa Triathlon Club

 As Head Coach of the Ottawa Triathlon Club (OTC), Mark works with all levels of triathletes: from beginners to hardened veterans. With his passion for fitness and health, he builds fun into challenging and sweat‐inducing classes. His goal is to help OTC members get fit while building friendships over a good workout and a shared laugh. A lifelong enthusiast of sport, he found his way to triathlons after having played hockey, competed in weightlifting and running.



Phil Marsh-editPhil Marsh, Coach and Running Room Regional Manager (Eastern Ontario)

 Coach Phil is Regional Manager for the Running Room and has been coaching runners of all levels for 30 years. Coach Phil coaches our Parliamentarians and is the Canada Army Run Coach. He was recognized for his coaching, fundraising and work with organizations like Harvest House and the Ottawa Mission with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, Celebration 2010 Medal and United Way Community Builder Award. 



Jenna Mo-editJenna Mo, JUMP 106.9 Radio Host

 Jenna is part of the JUMP morning crew on JUMP 106.9 fm. She’s a West Coast girl living in Ottawa and loving every minute of it. Her favorite motto, “you gotta risk it to get the biscuit.” A self-described “tomboy in stilettos,” she is a huge football fan, has a knack for celebrity gossip and is never the quiet one in the room.




Michael Qaquish-edit

Michael Qaqish, City Councillor Ward 22 – Gloucester­-South Nepean

 Michael was born in Toronto and came to Ottawa to pursue a degree in Psychology from Carleton University. He was first elected to office in the 2014 municipal election as Councillor for Ward 22 ­ Gloucester-South Nepean. Prior to this, he worked for the City of Ottawa. Michael was recently appointed the “Special Liaison for Refugee Resettlement” by the mayor. He has an extensive media background. He also founded the Kiwanis Club of Barrhaven and was its first president. He enjoys running and is a former certified Ontario Tennis Association instructor.



Pamela Tourigny-editPamela Tourigny, Director of Marketing, Kardish Health Food Centre

 Pamela grew up on a farm, but is now Ottawa’s leading vegan and plant based lifestyle advocate. She was recently honoured with Mayor Jim Watson’s Ottawa City Builder Award for her efforts. She heads up marketing for Kardish Health Food Centre, co­founded Ottawa Veg Fest, maintains the Vegan Eats Ottawa directory, and runs the Eat Your Veggies Institute — a new cooking school designed to teach everyone how to eat healthier.  A self-declared “mediocre runner,” she is also an ultimate Frisbee enthusiast. 



 Jon Dunkerley-editJon Dunkerley, Paralympic athlete (100m, 200m, 400m)

Jon is a visually-impaired athlete who has represented Canada at the last two Paralympic Games in track and field. Recently retired from competitive running, Jon continues to run for pleasure since exercise is a focal point of his daily life. Alive to Strive is close to Jon`s heart since his brother, Jason, donated a kidney to his wife three years ago. They are both a source of inspiration for Jon, which is why he looks forward to participating in the Alive to Strive Race every year.



Dr Kitts-editDr. Jack Kitts, President and CEO, The Ottawa Hospital

 Dr. Kitts is an anesthesiologist by training and has been the President and CEO of The Ottawa Hospital since 2002. His commitment to excellence in patient care is widely recognized across Canada. He is inspired by patient and family stories, and caring and compassionate health care professionals. His reason to participate in the Alive to Strive Race is summarized in the following quote: “You can’t fully understand someone’s journey, until you walked their path.”




 Terry MarcotteTerry Marcotte, Sports Director, CTV News Ottawa

 Terry is the Sports Director of CTV Ottawa. An Ottawa native with nearly three decades of television experience, he joined CTV Ottawa (then CJOH) in 1987. He travelled the country and world trouble spots as National Affairs correspondent for the program “Sunday Edition with Mike Duffy.” Terry’s cross-country hitchhiking adventure captured the prestigious Canpro Showcase Award. He has also won a showcase of other awards including a gold medal in the New York Film and Television festival. He joined CTV’s sports department in 1999.


Shelley McLean-editShelley McLean, Communications – Ottawa Hospital Foundation.

 Shelley has been a broadcaster and storyteller in Ottawa for more than 20 years on radio and television.  She started running six years ago and takes pride in pounding the pavement to help many good causes in our community.  Shelley has a cousin who is a living today because of a kidney transplant and she’s proud to support Alive to Strive.




Noel Paine-editNoel Paine, Runner, Blogger, Writer

 Born and raised in Nova Scotia, Noel lives in Gatineau with his wife and 9‐month old. He has been running since he was 12. He has run in everything from 100 m runs to 100 km ultra-marathons. Noel writes a weekly blog for Canadian Running magazine where he profiles runners of all ages and abilities with stories to tell. He also writes a personal blog and shares his adventures with his readers and a growing social media following. He has run the Boston Marathon, numerous road races, solo run across and back the Grand Canyon and a 258 km, 2.5 day adventure to mark his 40th birthday.


Danielle Perron-editDanielle Perron, Kidney Donor

 Danielle has been a teacher for the last 10 years, first in Toronto and then in Ottawa. She met Marie-Eve Bisson, the 2015 Alive to Strive Ambassador, in 2013 upon her return to Ottawa. In December of 2014, she became a living kidney donor for Marie-Eve. Last year, she took part in the Alive to Strive Race as a healthy and proud kidney donor!  This year, she will be taking part in the 3KG Challenge to give her the chance to show her students that if you believe in a cause you can support it in a meaningful way.




Amal Wahab-editAmal Wahab, LIVE 88.5 The Morning Start Up

 Amal has spent the last 10 years on the radio. She started her career at Fanshawe College in London, Ont., before moving to Fredericton for her first job on the air. After four years on the East Coast, she moved back to her home province. She now wakes up Ottawa with what’s going on in the news, alongside Katfish and Dave on Live 88.5 The Morning Start Up. She also uses media to raise awareness about charities, issues and causes in the community. Amal enjoys volleyball, tennis and yoga. She’s admits she’s not the most avid runner, but will do it for a good cause: “I’m putting myself in the strong shoes of a dialysis patient to help raise funds and awareness for kidney disease.”


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