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Liz Henning (left) and Andrea Bain completed their Ottawa Race Weekend Voyager Race here in Sturgeon Falls on Saturday, May 23, as they completed a half marathon on Saturday, and a 15 km run on Friday. The two raised over $1,300 for the Food Bank.
It was perfect weekend weather to relax outdoors on May 22 and 23, but the 30-degree heat wave was not exactly ideal for Andrea Bain and Liz Henning, who were certainly not kicking back. Indeed, the long-time friends and Sturgeon Falls neighbours spent the hot weekend tackling a huge fitness challenge, taking part in Ottawa Race Weekend’s Voyager race. The duo completed both a 5km and 10km race on the Friday, and a half-marathon on the Saturday, and they made it doubly rewarding as a fundraiser for the local food bank.
“It was great, but it was very, very hot. The hottest day of the year so far!” shares Bain, age 44. “We have been training since January, and our mild winter enabled us to go on our runs all winter long. But the 30 degree weather definitely made things a little more difficult.”
The two signed up for the event last fall, and expected to be running in Ottawa, but COVID-19 turned the event into a virtual challenge. The ladies decided to run locally, and to keep the funds raised local as well. They managed to collect $1,330 for the WN Food Bank.
“We will get our shirts and medals in the mail at some point. It was quite the challenge for us. When they changed it to virtual, they sent us a list of Ottawa charities to support. We figured we would do something local! We figured that the food bank is something that is always in need, especially right now with everything going on. We also heard that they’re not taking any physical donations of food at this time, and money is something that they can always use,” adds Bain.
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