This March I’ll be running 10 KM for Achilles Canada, an organization that supports runners with disabilities. Help me raise $1,000 for runners with disabilities, just like me.
As you may know, I am legally blind.
Years ago, I was diagnosed with a genetic eye condition. Since then running outside in downtown Toronto has become somewhat inaccessible. For years running had been a way for me to treat my anxiety and depression. I had trained for races in the past and always wanted to run a marathon but the dream died for a while because I couldn’t find my way among the bright lights and loud noises of Parkdale.
Panic and low moods returned and became status quo until last year when my partner, Navid, and I moved to Leslieville. It turns out the East end is filled with beautiful parks and trails. I started out running with my dog again. Mordechai and I conquered 5 km runs along the water until it became too hot for him to run. In May 2021 I became a solo runner again and I committed to training for a marathon. Despite an injury, the training brought me such job and, even with my injury, I was able to complete the 5 km waterfront race in only 28 minutes. “Wow, you look really happy,” Navid said when he saw me at the finish line. I was really happy.
When I’m training, I can actually get out of bed, set goals and focus. Without running in my daily life, existence seems to fall to the waste side. I want to recommend running as a form of therapy to everyone with depression and anxiety but I know there are great barriers to the sport.
Achilles Canada offers clinics and races that support runners with all kinds of disabilities. With their training and encouragement, a more inclusive running community is on the way and I hope, by supporting them, that I can encourage more people to confront their barriers and join the race.
I’m committed to raising $1,000 for Achilles Canada. If you could please join me in supporting their work, even a small amount can make an impact. Perhaps instead of a movie rental or eBook purchase, or even just instead of a coffee, you can consider donating those dollars to Achilles Canada. If you’re so inclined, you can support me and thousands of other runners here.
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