Up for a challenge? Can you run a marathon? Want to be a hero for a great cause?
In 2013, a group of 10 runners, led by Calgarian Blaine Penny, completed the Calgary Marathon while linked together by surgical tubing. Their aim was to bring attention to mitochondrial disease by setting the Guinness World Record for the fastest “linked” marathon. Not only did they break the record by running the marathon in 2:55, but together they raised over $100,000 for the MitoCanada Foundation and received international media attention. Watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xs2rt1bWgQs
Blaine Penny, no stranger to Calgary’s running community, is once again gathering runners in support of raising awareness and funds for mitochondrial disease or mito for short. This is a cause that is deeply personal to Blaine and his family as his son Evan was diagnosed with the disease. Evan was a happy, healthy child before going in for a routine appendectomy at age 3. He didn’t recover as expected and was left quadriplegic subsequently being diagnosed with mito. He’s fed by a tube, has trouble lifting his head, suffers chronic bouts of pain, and has no reliable way to communicate with the outside world. Evan’s diagnosis led to the founding of the MitoCanada Foundation in 2010 and inspired this video https://vimeo.com/134243796
Next May at the Calgary Marathon, Blaine Penny and TeamMito will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the “Most runners linked to complete a marathon.” In recognition of Canada’s 150th birthday, they will attempt to link 150 runners for this latest feat. So here is your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make history AND make a meaningful difference in the lives of Canadians living with mito. Recruitment is underway. Interested? Email Blaine at firstname.lastname@example.org to apply for a spot. Tell him what inspires you to be part of TeamMito150. Note that you must be committed to fundraising a minimum $1000 to participate and be confident that you can run a 5 hour marathon. Destiny is calling …