6 Great Reasons (at Least!) to Participate in Peri’s FUNdraiser Run
By: Colleen Mortimer (2009/09/10)
My name is Colleen and I used to be a ski racer. Here is an excerpt of an email written to the OAC Racing Team to encourage participation in Peri’s FUNdraiser run. I’ve edited some parts that were directed mostly at the running group but have kept most of it (even the ‘running only’ parts).
There is an upcoming race in Almonte in support of one of my long-time friends, Perianne Jones, who will be competing in Whistler 2010 for cross country skiing. Peri grew up in Almonte and was a very good runner throughout high school so a FUN running race is a very fitting tribute.
For those ‘super serious’
runners, I realize the timing isn't "great" as it's the week after the Army
run. However as a skier in a former life it would mean a great deal of the
various sporting communities could show their support for an exemplary athlete
There is a 5km and a 10km as well as a children’s event.
If you still
need convincing here are some reasons to give it a try:
2) Humane start time: 10:00AM!!!
3) For all those living in the west end -it's not far! (and for those in the
city...I live in
4) The race will certainly have some decent runners and given her family's involvement in running I have a feeling the course will be properly measured.
5) A chance to wear your sexy running outfit
6) FUN! (And probably some decent competition)
Here's a bit of Peri's story and a bit of my personal connection with her
As I mentioned, the run is in support of
one of my long-time friends
Perianne Jones. Back in another life when I used to ski she joined Nakkertok from a smaller club in the valley when she was in grade 9 and I was in grade 11. At the time Peri was also one of the region's top distance runners winning OFSAA xc that fall. Her father (also a Nakkertok ski coach), a marathoner and ultra-marathoner encouraged her to run but ultimately she chose skiing.
We both spent time on the
Although based in Canmore whenever Peri's at home she always finds time to visit Nakkertok both in formal and informal sessions. I know she doesn't just visit the club because she 'has to'' I know she really enjoys playing with the younger kids -sometimes our planned ski ends up turning into playing on the jumps with the jackrabbits! She also still visits her old high school and has always kept in touch with her community of Almonte. (see website for high school coaches accounts).
First and foremost, Peri has demonstrated
that great skiers CAN and DO come from
Back when we were both still skiing
'good' skiers didn't come from
The National Capital Region is one of the best places to raise a skier. It is the vibrant ski community that makes it such a great place to be. As a community this is our time to shine. This is our time to show that we not only support skiers and athletes as children but that we support them all the way from ‘pulk to podium’.
So again, if anyone out there is looking to try a new event, has energy to
spare, or just feels they really want to have an excuse to wear their sexy
racing outfit then please consider entering this FUN race.