Muscles in Motion raised over $6,000 for Muscular Dystrophy

The second annual Muscles in Motion proved the success of the first event can only keep getting better.

The second annual Muscles in Motion proved the success of the first event can only keep getting better.

Sunday’s event raised over $6,000 for Muscular Dystrophy Canada and posted increased participation in all areas. The event raised $2,700 last year.

Organizer Kimberley Reinhart said the impetus for creating the event was her nephew Garrett Langille who is battling Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

Seventy-three runners registered for the 8 km. trail run through Jarvis Bay Provincial Park compared to 27 in the event’s first year. While the majority of runners were from Sylvan Lake and area, there were also participants from Calgary, Edmonton and other communities.

The winners were Harold Askew for the men and Janelle Melenchuk for the women.

There were also 15 teams for the Fire Fighter Fitness Challenge, compared to five last year. The challenge involves five stations which are completed by each team. They spent six minutes per station to finish as many rounds as possible. The stations included tire flipping, tire throws, rope pulls, dummy carrying, and obstacle relay all themed from fire fighter training ideas.

The first place team in the challenge was Off the Chain.

“The turnout was great, the weather was beautiful and everyone involved commented that it was a well-organized event,” said Reinhart who hosted the event with her company, Optimal Fitness, and Muscular Dystrophy Canada.

“Big thanks to all the sponsors and volunteers. We had tremendous support from everyone involved,” she added.

Many of those who attended either knew someone with Muscular Dystrophy or have lost a family member to the disorder, including Team Miller who recently lost a mother.