Last Sunday morning, alarm clocks for dedicated members of the Brainrunners running group went off when it was still dark outside. While that felt much too early to be moving on a Sunday morning, one benefit was getting to see the sunrise over the lake as we waited for the start of the 5K run, which is part of the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon weekend. The sunny but cool weather was a welcome change from the rainy and cold conditions we ran in last year.

Nine of us completed the 5K at our own paces and reunited at the end for celebratory snacks, stories and of course a photo to prove we finished. As a side note, the men’s marathon winner (and before you ask, he was not a Brainrunner member) ran the fastest marathon ever on Canadian soil during the event.

Thank you to all of our supporters we raised close to $1400 for Kids In Camp which directly helps 3 kids next summer. Kids in Camp is an organization that helps send kids to camp who might not otherwise be able to attend. We all know how impactful the camp experience is, so it is without hesitation that we support this important cause. A big thank you to Goran, our team captain, who kept us motivated and on track.

Regular readers of this blog will know that earlier this year, we had a group run double the distance in the Sporting Life 10K. All of these steps are in support of our goal to send more kids to camp. Over the winter, some of us will run (their sanity is in question) while others will put away the running shoes and instead plan their training for next year’s events. I think I’m part of the latter group.