Run Away From the Cold Indoor Marathon #LSN_Sports
THUNDER BAY, ON ---January 22, 2017 (LSN) – Children’s Centre Foundation Thunder Bay, in partnership with Lakehead University, is inviting the community to “run away from the cold” with the official kick-off for their 8th Annual Thunderwolves Indoor Marathon, taking place on February 12th, 2017 at the Lakehead University Hanger. Proceeds from this event support Children’s Centre Foundation, helping to provide financial support to children’s mental wellness programs. The Foundation promotes awareness of children’s mental health issues through educational campaigns and engaging the community.
“With the winter season in full force, many are missing those perfect running conditions;” explains Kip Sigsworth, Lakehead University Running Coach. “Not only does the Indoor Marathon provide warmer running weather, but it also gives participants an opportunity to change lives and give back to the community. Runners are racing for a good cause and directly supporting children in Thunder Bay. We're excited to be partnering with Children's Centre Foundation for this event, and our athletes always look forward to the excitement of the marathon and are proud of what it represents: supporting mental health in our community.”
The Thunderwolves Indoor Marathon is open to any and all runners, regardless of age or skill level. The event features a full marathon, half marathon, 10 km run or walk, and a marathon relay for teams of two or more members. The full marathon is a 211-lap race where every lap time is recorded by chip timing. The event will also feature a Kids Fun Run and a wide array of family activities. “This is a great opportunity to also remind the community about how important physical activity is, especially for our children and youth. Whatever way you look at it, the link between physical and mental health is undeniable. Either one will have effects on the other. Poor physical health can lead to poor mental health and vice-versa;” says John Friday, Vice-President of Children’s Centre Thunder Bay and seasoned marathon runner. “Throughout the winter months when temperatures drop, many of us tend to hibernate. The Thunderwolves Indoor Marathon is a creative way to stay active and promotes regular activity regardless of the season.”
Runners are also encouraged to collect pledges before race day. All funds raised from the event will be used to support a number of initiatives in the community, including preventative programming in schools, awareness campaigns, and mental health education for children, youth and their families.
Diane Walker, CEO of Children’s Centre Thunder Bay says; “All children and youth have the right to happy and healthy lives and deserve effective care to prevent and treat issues that impact their development. Underfunding continues to be a significant challenge for Children’s Centre Thunder Bay, and so we rely on events such as the Indoor Marathon to help provide community-based child and youth mental health, child development and parenting services.”
For more information about the 8th Annual Thunderwolves Indoor Marathon, or to register, please visit the event’s website at: www.thunderwolves.ca/indoormarathon.