The little race that could

It’s not easy being a little race in a city known for its heavy-hitters. But, every year, we set out to beat the odds. Every year, our Race Committee gathers permits from the city, arranges sponsorships (so that the money we raise can go directly to the cause), recruits volunteers, promotes the race, and sets up and tears down our course.

It’s not easy, but it is worth it.

Once again, we are overwhelmed by your support and generosity. Once again, we are convinced that we have the best participants, volunteers and supporters out there!

We are 100% volunteer-run. Because of you, Alive to Strive Kidney Fitness Project and our Active Living Grant Program can continue to help individuals in our Ottawa community who are affected by chronic kidney disease maintain healthy and active lifestyles.

So, let’s get to the details:

Participants 500+ participants came out for an event at our race on Sunday, April 29.

Check out this year’s race results on the QuidChrono website.

2018 fundraising (Alive to Strive Active Living Grants) $21,280.65 was raised
2018 fundraising (Charities) $1,685 for the Kidney Research Centre

$2,245 for the Kidney Foundation of Canada (Patient Support Program of Eastern Ontario Chapter)

$235 for Diabetes Canada

Thank you to everyone for their amazing fundraising efforts! This is truly a supportive and life-giving community.

In eight years we have raised over $263,600:

  • $175,472.25 for Alive to Strive
  • $36,249.44 for the Kidney Research Centre
  • $26,476.78 for the Kidney Foundation of Canada
  • $4,364.60 for Diabetes Canada

Our top finishers

We send out a huge congratulations to everyone who participated in the race this year.

Our top finishers in the Fresenius Medical Care 10km were Maxime Leboeuf in a time of 31:59 (he’s won this race two years in a row!) Runner ups were Julien Lachance (33:29) and David Massicotte-Azarniouc (36:57). Jenn Bushell (42:22) was our top female finisher, followed by Sarah Konefal (45:48) and Lindsay Mcphee (46:54).

Our 5km race was won by Marc Molgat (18:33). The second and third place male finishers were Dan Plouffe (19:08) and Thomas Fairhead (19:54). Jessica Grace was our top female 5km finisher in a time of 20:21. The second and third place women were Caitlin Hesketh (22:42) and Carolyn Johannes (23:26)

Our top teams, based on the combined time of the top 4 runners on each team, were Parsons S.W.A.T.T. (1:33:56), Wsp-Ottawa (1:36:31) and Team Dymech (1:37:05).

Our Three Amigos 1km (fun run) brought together about 200 people. The rain decided to make a short appearance just as the group took off, but this enthusiastic crowd powered through! A special shout-out and thanks to the Ottawa REDBLACKS cheerleaders, Big Joe and SparkyFURY for energizing the group and leading the warm-up!

We must also thank all of our incredible race volunteers. As helpful and gracious as ever, they ensured smooth registration, set up barricades, handed out water, directed runners on the course and helped with countless other duties. This race would not be possible without them. We mean that sincerely.

If you have any questions or feedback about the race, please send us an email. We would love to hear from you: alivetostrive@gmail.com.

You can also connect with us over social media: Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

Stay active. We hope to see you running, walking or jogging with us next year!

Mark your calendar: Sunday, April 28, 2019.

I am ALIVE TO STRIVE”

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