The fourth annual Muscles in Motion was bigger and better, raising over $16,000 for Muscular Dystrophy Canada Saturday.
A new feature this year was a 4 km trail run. Between it and a two-loop 8 km run 65 people participated through Jarvis Bay Provincial Park. The 1 km trail run and mini fitness challenge involved 24 youngsters.
One of the most strenuous and interesting events was the team firefighter’s fitness challenge which included 12 teams.
“I am thrilled with the turnout and the donations that were brought in, including all the donations for our silent auction items and all the volunteers who came to help,” said organizer Kimberley Reinhart.
“There are now so many events that ask for donations, I am so thankful that people worked so hard to donate and create awareness of Muscular Dystrophy.”
New this year was proclamation of Muscular Dystrophy Week in Sylvan Lake by Mayor Sean McIntyre and council. Reinhart and her volunteers gathered prior to a recent council meeting for the proclamation.
Reinhart began organizing the event for her nephew who battles Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. “He is currently 15 years old and in a wheelchair with only limited mobility with his hands. With this type, his muscles will continue to degenerate and lead to further paralysis,” she said. “The life expectancy with this type of Muscular Dystrophy is early 20s. This is why the event is so important to me and why I’m so grateful for all the support we have received.”
Her committee includes Marie Astrid Detharet, Rob Monaghan and Nikki Labelle.
Donations may still be made at http://muscle.akaraisin.com/Common/Event/Home.aspx?seid=8619&mid=8