We gathered for introductions, photos and some inspiring information from Sarah, Caroline and Debra from the Sunnybrook Foundation. They explained how important this race is in raising funds for Sunnybrook's Family Navigation Project. This service helps families of young people suffering from mental health issues navigate through the complex health care system. Over 2 million Canadian youth struggle with mental illness but only one-in-five get the help they need. Mike and Nick the New Balance Ambassadors filled us in on the New Balance brand and it's dedication to runners. After a few fun photos, we emerged from the depths of the Path to take on the downtown streets. We wound our way over to the Distillery for a few more photos and then back along the Martin Goodman Trail as the sun was setting. Considering the various paces, we stuck together very well!
Upon arriving back at the store we were treated to chocolate milk, bananas, cookies made by Lisa and some yummy treats from Clif Bar. As a part of the ambassador program, New Balance provided the ambassadors with a gift card towards some gear which was much appreciated!
It was a fun evening and I look forward to a few more gatherings before the actual race on Saturday, September 17th. Last year the ambassadors had a great time at the race. Why not consider joining the fun? Choose from a 5, 7 or 15K distance. Register at http://support.rbcraceforthekids.ca/site/PageServer?pagename=RFTK_home_. If you are not a runner/walker you can donate to support my run at http://support.rbcraceforthekids.ca/site/TR/Run/RFTK_2016?px=1008827&pg=personal&fr_id=1131.