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Sole Sisters hit the pavement once again

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On October 19, 2014, join France Murdoch and Sheila Coutts in the fight against cancer – and get yourself some exercise while you’re at it!

Sole Sisters charity run was initiated when Murdoch’s best friend and running partner, Sheila Coutts, was diagnosed with lung cancer a few weeks before one of their scheduled marathons. Knowing they wouldn’t be able to make it to the marathon, Murdoch planned a surprise half-marathon race for her friend, complete with race shirts, bibs, medals, kilometre markers and a make-shift finish line. They ran 21.1 kms from Perth to Smiths Falls.  Along the way, they had race volunteers for water stations, photographers and a little finish line party.  According to Murdoch, it was a very emotional day filled with laughter and tears.

The Sole Sisters Run is now a 2k, 5k and 10k run/walk.  Runs/walks begin at Lower Reach Park at 0800, with the 10K starting first, followed by the 5K, and the 2K right after. There will be water available at the start/finish line as well as a water table at about every 3 km of both the 5 k route and the 10 k route. Also, there will be bananas at the finish line.

This event is open to everyone; young or old, male or female. The organizers donate all proceeds from the event to the Canadian Cancer Society. Now, the race is an annual fundraising event for cancer research!

Pace bunny services will be offered by the people of Good Guys Tri. Pace bunnies are runners who complete the race in a set time, guiding others with the same goal across the finish line. However, everyone who completes their chosen distance will get a medal either way. Running Goat Timing will be onsite for event timing, and WMD Photography will be on hand to take pictures. Also, the Leeds, Grenville & Lanark division of the St. John Ambulance will be on site providing first aid to the runners if anyone should need it.

If you are interested in making a financial donation, Sole Sisters will send each interested donor a report detailing the number of registrants, how many people donated, how much money was raised, how much money was used for our expenses, as well as a final tally of how much was donated to the Canadian Cancer Society.

If you’re unable to be there the day of the run/walk, but would still like to participate, that’s possible too! You can “virtually” register for the event.  Run/walk your chosen distance, at any pace, any time and any place.  Once you let organizers know that you have completed your distance, Sole Sisters will make sure to get your medal to you.  To “virtually” register, go to the registration page and fill out the registration.  In order to register virtually, you will need to pay your fee at the time of registration by setting up an email money transfer.  Just put “virtual” (no quotes) as your secret answer, and they will know to get a medal to you.

You can register by going to https://solesisters.wufoo.com/forms/registration-form/. You are encouraged to register with a team, but solo runners are welcome as well! If you have a group, please indicate your team name on the registration form.

Enjoy a little bit of background from the run’s founder, France Murdoch:

Two years ago, my best friend and running partner, Sheila and I were supposed to run the Niagara Falls Half marathon. Unfortunately, Sheila was diagnosed with lung cancer a few weeks before the run. We knew we would be cutting it close to the start of her chemotherapy and radiation, however, we continued to train hard in the hopes of being able to run Niagara Falls.  We had to make a decision; race registration was filling up fast.  Knowing that her treatments would start around the same time as the run, we decided that Niagara Falls was not to be.

Being the person that she is, Sheila was really intent on getting that one last half in before her treatments started.

As a surprise, I planned our own little half-marathon race, complete with race shirts, bibs, medals, KM markers and a make-shift finish line. We ran 21.1 kms from Perth to Smiths Falls.  The community of Smiths Falls showed us tremendous support on the day of our race.  Along the way, we had race volunteers for water stations, photographers and a little finish line party.  We even had a few people join us for a few memorable kms.  It was a very emotional day filled with laughter and tears.

I am happy to say that Sheila did very well throughout her grueling treatments, and is slowly but surely moving down the road of health.

The Sole Sisters Charity Run for Cancer Research is not only in her honor, but in the honor of everyone that has been touched by this horrible disease.

Race Director: France Murdoch
Race Ambassador: Shelia Coutts
Run Committee Members:
Volunteer Coordinator: Vicki Christensen
Technical Advisor: Alex Flint
Eric C. Murdoch

Source: Sole Sisters website

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Sole Sisters hit the pavement once again

10681890_10152614519561005_50869089_n

On October 19, 2014, join France Murdoch and Sheila Coutts in the fight against cancer – and get yourself some exercise while you’re at it!

Sole Sisters charity run was initiated when Murdoch’s best friend and running partner, Sheila Coutts, was diagnosed with lung cancer a few weeks before one of their scheduled marathons. Knowing they wouldn’t be able to make it to the marathon, Murdoch planned a surprise half-marathon race for her friend, complete with race shirts, bibs, medals, kilometre markers and a make-shift finish line. They ran 21.1 kms from Perth to Smiths Falls.  Along the way, they had race volunteers for water stations, photographers and a little finish line party.  According to Murdoch, it was a very emotional day filled with laughter and tears.

The Sole Sisters Run is now a 2k, 5k and 10k run/walk.  Runs/walks begin at Lower Reach Park at 0800, with the 10K starting first, followed by the 5K, and the 2K right after. There will be water available at the start/finish line as well as a water table at about every 3 km of both the 5 k route and the 10 k route. Also, there will be bananas at the finish line.

This event is open to everyone; young or old, male or female. The organizers donate all proceeds from the event to the Canadian Cancer Society. Now, the race is an annual fundraising event for cancer research!

Pace bunny services will be offered by the people of Good Guys Tri. Pace bunnies are runners who complete the race in a set time, guiding others with the same goal across the finish line. However, everyone who completes their chosen distance will get a medal either way. Running Goat Timing will be onsite for event timing, and WMD Photography will be on hand to take pictures. Also, the Leeds, Grenville & Lanark division of the St. John Ambulance will be on site providing first aid to the runners if anyone should need it.

If you are interested in making a financial donation, Sole Sisters will send each interested donor a report detailing the number of registrants, how many people donated, how much money was raised, how much money was used for our expenses, as well as a final tally of how much was donated to the Canadian Cancer Society.

If you’re unable to be there the day of the run/walk, but would still like to participate, that’s possible too! You can “virtually” register for the event.  Run/walk your chosen distance, at any pace, any time and any place.  Once you let organizers know that you have completed your distance, Sole Sisters will make sure to get your medal to you.  To “virtually” register, go to the registration page and fill out the registration.  In order to register virtually, you will need to pay your fee at the time of registration by setting up an email money transfer.  Just put “virtual” (no quotes) as your secret answer, and they will know to get a medal to you.

You can register by going to https://solesisters.wufoo.com/forms/registration-form/. You are encouraged to register with a team, but solo runners are welcome as well! If you have a group, please indicate your team name on the registration form.

Enjoy a little bit of background from the run’s founder, France Murdoch:

Two years ago, my best friend and running partner, Sheila and I were supposed to run the Niagara Falls Half marathon. Unfortunately, Sheila was diagnosed with lung cancer a few weeks before the run. We knew we would be cutting it close to the start of her chemotherapy and radiation, however, we continued to train hard in the hopes of being able to run Niagara Falls.  We had to make a decision; race registration was filling up fast.  Knowing that her treatments would start around the same time as the run, we decided that Niagara Falls was not to be.

Being the person that she is, Sheila was really intent on getting that one last half in before her treatments started.

As a surprise, I planned our own little half-marathon race, complete with race shirts, bibs, medals, KM markers and a make-shift finish line. We ran 21.1 kms from Perth to Smiths Falls.  The community of Smiths Falls showed us tremendous support on the day of our race.  Along the way, we had race volunteers for water stations, photographers and a little finish line party.  We even had a few people join us for a few memorable kms.  It was a very emotional day filled with laughter and tears.

I am happy to say that Sheila did very well throughout her grueling treatments, and is slowly but surely moving down the road of health.

The Sole Sisters Charity Run for Cancer Research is not only in her honor, but in the honor of everyone that has been touched by this horrible disease.

Race Director: France Murdoch
Race Ambassador: Shelia Coutts
Run Committee Members:
Volunteer Coordinator: Vicki Christensen
Technical Advisor: Alex Flint
Eric C. Murdoch

Source: Sole Sisters website

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