By: Dr. John Randle, Orthopaedic Surgery, Southlake Regional Health Centre
The promise of Spring has such a positive effect on our outlook. Even while we are practicing caution in our day-to-day activities, looking around there are signs of optimism. If you are keenly anticipating the opportunity to get up, get out and move, here’s a great idea. Move your own way with the 2021 Nature’s Emporium Run for Southlake Virtual Challenge.
I am honoured to be Southlake Regional Health Centre’s Ambassador for this year’s Run. As an orthopaedic surgeon, I embrace the value this annual event brings both to Southlake and to participants. Funds raised by participants are essential to our ability to meet highest priority needs. Personally, in my role in orthopaedics I see daily the value of mobility and health. The Run is a great way to kick-start our individual goals for getting active. While it has always been a lot of fun, this year’s virtual event may just be the best race yet.
This past year has certainly been unique, and our community has proven itself to be strong and resilient. To honour that, this year the Run for Southlake will also be unique. With our collective appetite to simply have some fun, this year’s 4-week virtual event, running from April 12 to May 9, promises lots of that.
Thanks to its virtual nature, there are plenty of opportunities to participate your own way. Day, night, afternoon whenever you want, you set your own schedule. Plus, how and where you participate is also entirely your choice. Run, walk, bike, row, swim, jump rope, heck you could even hopscotch! Participate inside from the comfort of your living room or your home gym, track your steps at work, or take it outside to the backyard, sidewalk, driveway, or hiking trail. How, when, where and for how long are all, virtually up to you.
The scope is also broader than ever. On-demand yoga, fitness, and Zumba classes, healthy living, meditation and mindfulness sessions, even cooking classes are all available. In the culminating event, during the final week you will complete your own customized distance goal.
Registration is $50 per person for all ages and includes a t-shirt, race medal, race kit bag with goodies, and access to a month full of fun events. As always, you may participate as an individual, a family or as part of a larger team. Rally your friends, your co-workers, teammates, school buddies, family, or, in the brand new League of Nations Community Challenge team category, create a virtual team of people who identify with a cultural group or organization in the community.
After an unprecedented year, community support is more important than ever. Now is the perfect time to contribute in a meaningful way and have fun while you’re at it. Visit www.runforsouthlake.ca for more information and to register.