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There’s always a challenge when it comes to a race; whether it’s getting that next PB, pacing a friend or running for a cause. This year marks the first time I’m officially running for a charity and I’m so excited to be raising not only funds, but awareness around Oolagen Youth Mental Health. Ever since launching (informally, of course) The Sad Collective, the issue of mental health has been ever present on my mind. As one of the featured charities for 2016, I knew Oolagen Youth Mental Health was an organization I would be proud to focus on — and that’s saying a lot considering how many incredible charities are registered for the race.

I haven’t spoken about my race goals this year because, as I’ve mentioned in the past, I’ve put a lot of my training on the back burner over the last few months. But that didn’t stop me from jumping in last minute to participate in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge. Considering that I had the option of running 5k — even though I ran my first half marathon at last year’s Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon — I couldn’t say no. From there it was easy to register.

Register Now!

If you’re interested in participating in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge, all you have to do is visit this page and click on the logo of you charity of choice. There, you can find out more about the charity as well as incentives and instructions for joining their team. It really is that easy.

I’ll be keeping you all posted on my experience between now and the race on October 16, so please keep me updated on yours!