The 3rd annual Muscles in Motion event in support of those affected by neuromuscular disorders and raising funds for Muscular Dystrophy Canada took place June 5 at Jarvis Bay Provincial Park.
The event was organized through Muscular Dystrophy Canada by Kim Reinhart with Optimal Fitness. Her nephew has been battling Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy since he was diagnosed at the age of six. Now turning 15, he’s confined to a wheelchair and has limited mobility. Those affected progressively lose their muscle ability and eventually it can be fatal at a very young age.
The goal with Muscles in Motion is to challenge the physical abilities of participants to help them to remember not to take their muscles for granted. The goal is to continue to raise awareness of the disorder and especially funds to go towards research in finding a cure.
An 8 km trail run through the paths of Jarvis Bay Provincial Park was completed by 51 runners challenged through rugged terrain and great inclines.
New this year, was a children’s 1 km trail run and fitness obstacle course that included 22 children climbing and crawling through the course and flipping tires. The adult team challenge involved 10 teams that participated in five, eight minute stations all geared around firefighter training. Firefighters are the main supporters of this charity.
A huge thank you to all our sponsors for donating to the event, especially towards the silent auction. The auction raised over $3,000 that was added to over $12,000 raised by participants.
The top fundraising team was Aries Airflow which raised over $4,500. A grand total is still being finalized as donations are continuing to come in, but definitely over $15,000 has been raised so far.
Live music was provided by the Brendan Kelly Band and the day included a barbecue.
A special thanks to all the volunteers, spectators, sponsors and participants that made the event such a success!