For the past three years, I've teamed up with friends and avid runners, on a very special project; to invite the runners of Vancouver to shift their focus and put community over everything.
We can, all of us, say that Vancouver has a brilliant running community.
Racing here, there and everywhere. Breaking personal records. Climbing hills. Flying around Stanley Park. Trucking over bridges. Discovering new trails. Battling injuries, and coming back stronger. Meeting new friends. Treasuring the road's quiet moments, before the city wakes. Chasing after goals, and believing in our teammates. We expand our awareness and find truths in running to guide our lives.
Our vision is to bring Vancouver's running community together for one last all-inclusive run of the year for a common cause, to help the Downtown Eastside Women's Centre (DEWC) provide warm meals for women and kids, and an opportunity to transform lives. For many of us, running has transformed our own.
The meals program is the DEWC's most underfunded and important program, as food is the main draw to get many women in the door. Once inside, the DEWC has the opportunity to teach women about other programs and services, and provide access to much more than basic needs.
Collectively, we have raised over $15,500 over three years.
Running is about taking one step at a time. This community run was about taking steps together to make a difference.