Road2Hope attracts Olympians, runners from around world

News Oct 29, 2009 Ancaster News

If you need a little inspiration when starting this weekend’s Road2Hope Hamilton Marathon, Olympic gold medal triathlete Simon Whitfield might be just what you need.Mr. Whitfield will be at the event Saturday, Oct. 31 signing autographs and will start the half and full marathons on Sunday, Nov. 1 and be at the finish line to greet participants. Mr. Whitfield won the gold medal in the triathlon in the 2000 Summer Olympics and the silver medal in the 2008 Summer Olympics. When his good friend, training partner and Olympic teammate Colin Jenkins, who is a Hamiltonian, asked if he would come and run, Mr. Whitfield thought it was a great opportunity to support worthwhile charities and reconnect with Mr. Jenkins. The Road2Hope Hamilton Marathon raises funds for the Joy and Hope of Haiti and for Hamilton City Kidz, which supports at-risk children in the city. Race coordinator Gord Pauls calls the event “a neat combination.”   “You can help kids here at home and help build schools in Haiti,” he said. In its 11th year, the event has raised $1 million for Joy and Hope of Haiti. Three years ago, the Red Hill Valley Parkway marathon was added, along with Hamilton City Kidz as a beneficiary. Mr. Pauls says this year’s fundraising goal is $80,000. The first 20 participants to pledge $1,000 will win dinner on Nov. 1 with Mr. Whitfield and Mr. Jenkins and have the chance to see Mr. Whitfield’s Olympic video and chat with the two athletes. The weekend-long event includes a one-kilometre Halloween Costume Run for kids 12 and under, including local mascots and a prize for best costume on Saturday at Confederation Park. A five-kilometre family run and walk and a 10-kilometre run will also be at Confederation Park Saturday.On Sunday, the half marathon and marathon, which has been ranked the fastest Boston Marathon qualifying course in Canada, as determined by marathonguide, will travel down the Red Hill Valley Parkway, starting at Saltfleet District High School.Mr. Pauls says runners from across Canada and the United States, as well as Mexico, Ethiopia and Kenya will compete in the marathon. And for first-time racers this weekend, Mr. Whitfield says to embrace your butterflies. “If you're nervous and have butterflies don't try to get rid of them, just make them fly in formation. Bring a fun attitude, enjoy the event, remember why you're doing it,” he says. “Remember moderation is important, drink a moderate amount of water and Gatorade, not too much, not to little. Eat a moderate amount of food the night before and the morning of, not too much not too little. Go out at a moderate pace, not too fast, not too slow, but never moderate your enjoyment. Always enjoy it to the fullest.” For parking, route and shuttle information and to register, visit road2hope.ca, call (905) 308-4878 or e-mail road2hope@runnersden.com.The Carstar 1K Run for Kidz 12 and under starts at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, the McDonald’s 5K Run and Family Walk starts at 10 a.m. Oct. 31 and the Servier 10K Run starts at 11 a.m. Oct. 31, all at Confederation Park. Registration for all three races is between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m.The Runner’s Den Marathon starts at 8:15 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 1 and the Jim Pauls Half Marathon starts at 8:30 a.m., both at Saltfleet District  High School. 

Road2Hope attracts Olympians, runners from around world

News Oct 29, 2009 Ancaster News

If you need a little inspiration when starting this weekend’s Road2Hope Hamilton Marathon, Olympic gold medal triathlete Simon Whitfield might be just what you need.Mr. Whitfield will be at the event Saturday, Oct. 31 signing autographs and will start the half and full marathons on Sunday, Nov. 1 and be at the finish line to greet participants. Mr. Whitfield won the gold medal in the triathlon in the 2000 Summer Olympics and the silver medal in the 2008 Summer Olympics. When his good friend, training partner and Olympic teammate Colin Jenkins, who is a Hamiltonian, asked if he would come and run, Mr. Whitfield thought it was a great opportunity to support worthwhile charities and reconnect with Mr. Jenkins. The Road2Hope Hamilton Marathon raises funds for the Joy and Hope of Haiti and for Hamilton City Kidz, which supports at-risk children in the city. Race coordinator Gord Pauls calls the event “a neat combination.”   “You can help kids here at home and help build schools in Haiti,” he said. In its 11th year, the event has raised $1 million for Joy and Hope of Haiti. Three years ago, the Red Hill Valley Parkway marathon was added, along with Hamilton City Kidz as a beneficiary. Mr. Pauls says this year’s fundraising goal is $80,000. The first 20 participants to pledge $1,000 will win dinner on Nov. 1 with Mr. Whitfield and Mr. Jenkins and have the chance to see Mr. Whitfield’s Olympic video and chat with the two athletes. The weekend-long event includes a one-kilometre Halloween Costume Run for kids 12 and under, including local mascots and a prize for best costume on Saturday at Confederation Park. A five-kilometre family run and walk and a 10-kilometre run will also be at Confederation Park Saturday.On Sunday, the half marathon and marathon, which has been ranked the fastest Boston Marathon qualifying course in Canada, as determined by marathonguide, will travel down the Red Hill Valley Parkway, starting at Saltfleet District High School.Mr. Pauls says runners from across Canada and the United States, as well as Mexico, Ethiopia and Kenya will compete in the marathon. And for first-time racers this weekend, Mr. Whitfield says to embrace your butterflies. “If you're nervous and have butterflies don't try to get rid of them, just make them fly in formation. Bring a fun attitude, enjoy the event, remember why you're doing it,” he says. “Remember moderation is important, drink a moderate amount of water and Gatorade, not too much, not to little. Eat a moderate amount of food the night before and the morning of, not too much not too little. Go out at a moderate pace, not too fast, not too slow, but never moderate your enjoyment. Always enjoy it to the fullest.” For parking, route and shuttle information and to register, visit road2hope.ca, call (905) 308-4878 or e-mail road2hope@runnersden.com.The Carstar 1K Run for Kidz 12 and under starts at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, the McDonald’s 5K Run and Family Walk starts at 10 a.m. Oct. 31 and the Servier 10K Run starts at 11 a.m. Oct. 31, all at Confederation Park. Registration for all three races is between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m.The Runner’s Den Marathon starts at 8:15 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 1 and the Jim Pauls Half Marathon starts at 8:30 a.m., both at Saltfleet District  High School. 

Road2Hope attracts Olympians, runners from around world

News Oct 29, 2009 Ancaster News

If you need a little inspiration when starting this weekend’s Road2Hope Hamilton Marathon, Olympic gold medal triathlete Simon Whitfield might be just what you need.Mr. Whitfield will be at the event Saturday, Oct. 31 signing autographs and will start the half and full marathons on Sunday, Nov. 1 and be at the finish line to greet participants. Mr. Whitfield won the gold medal in the triathlon in the 2000 Summer Olympics and the silver medal in the 2008 Summer Olympics. When his good friend, training partner and Olympic teammate Colin Jenkins, who is a Hamiltonian, asked if he would come and run, Mr. Whitfield thought it was a great opportunity to support worthwhile charities and reconnect with Mr. Jenkins. The Road2Hope Hamilton Marathon raises funds for the Joy and Hope of Haiti and for Hamilton City Kidz, which supports at-risk children in the city. Race coordinator Gord Pauls calls the event “a neat combination.”   “You can help kids here at home and help build schools in Haiti,” he said. In its 11th year, the event has raised $1 million for Joy and Hope of Haiti. Three years ago, the Red Hill Valley Parkway marathon was added, along with Hamilton City Kidz as a beneficiary. Mr. Pauls says this year’s fundraising goal is $80,000. The first 20 participants to pledge $1,000 will win dinner on Nov. 1 with Mr. Whitfield and Mr. Jenkins and have the chance to see Mr. Whitfield’s Olympic video and chat with the two athletes. The weekend-long event includes a one-kilometre Halloween Costume Run for kids 12 and under, including local mascots and a prize for best costume on Saturday at Confederation Park. A five-kilometre family run and walk and a 10-kilometre run will also be at Confederation Park Saturday.On Sunday, the half marathon and marathon, which has been ranked the fastest Boston Marathon qualifying course in Canada, as determined by marathonguide, will travel down the Red Hill Valley Parkway, starting at Saltfleet District High School.Mr. Pauls says runners from across Canada and the United States, as well as Mexico, Ethiopia and Kenya will compete in the marathon. And for first-time racers this weekend, Mr. Whitfield says to embrace your butterflies. “If you're nervous and have butterflies don't try to get rid of them, just make them fly in formation. Bring a fun attitude, enjoy the event, remember why you're doing it,” he says. “Remember moderation is important, drink a moderate amount of water and Gatorade, not too much, not to little. Eat a moderate amount of food the night before and the morning of, not too much not too little. Go out at a moderate pace, not too fast, not too slow, but never moderate your enjoyment. Always enjoy it to the fullest.” For parking, route and shuttle information and to register, visit road2hope.ca, call (905) 308-4878 or e-mail road2hope@runnersden.com.The Carstar 1K Run for Kidz 12 and under starts at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, the McDonald’s 5K Run and Family Walk starts at 10 a.m. Oct. 31 and the Servier 10K Run starts at 11 a.m. Oct. 31, all at Confederation Park. Registration for all three races is between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m.The Runner’s Den Marathon starts at 8:15 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 1 and the Jim Pauls Half Marathon starts at 8:30 a.m., both at Saltfleet District  High School.