Run with cross-Canada runner
Okotoks: David Proctor holding unique fundraiser for his Victoria to St. John's trek
Wednesday, Feb 28, 2018 06:00 am
Running enthusiasts have a rare chance to lace up their shoes and jog and kibitz with a man trying to set a new record for running across Canada.
Canada’s top-ultramarathoner David Proctor is running laps at the Crescent Point Field House on March 4 and the community is invited to join him as part of a fund-raiser for his cross-Canada trek to fight rare diseases.
“It’s kind of a walk-and a run-a-thon,” Proctor said. “All of the proceeds go to Outrun-Rare.”
Proctor begins his trek in late June in Victoria, B.C. and hopes to get to St. John’s on the Rock some 66 days later, beating the record of 72 days established by the late Al Howie in 1991. Proctor’s run is to raise funds and bring awareness to rare diseases. Proctor’s son Sam, a student at St. Mary’s School in Okotoks, has a rare disease that affects his balance.
“I will be running for the entire eight hours,” Proctor said. “Everyone who comes out I will try to run with them. I will slow down or speed up to run with them, whatever it takes.
“It’s an eight-hour day on my feet. I could care less how fast I am running. If I have to stop and talk, that’s fantastic. I want to be out there with an excited group of people and make some money for Run4Rare and make this project happen.”
Proctor is starting to get in the full swing of things after suffering an injury in a six-day race in Arizona during the New Year’s Eve break.
He is the Canadian record holder for most kilometres run in 24, 48 and 72 hours.
Proctor will have a support team for his Canada journey led by Okotoks ultramarathoner Wayne Gaudet and wife Trish Gaudet for the Cross-Canada run.
Gaudet is the Canadian record holder for the farthest distance ran over 24 hours by a runner 60-years and older. He was the top Canadian at the 24-hour endurance race last Canada Day in Ireland.
Proctor’s fundraiser at the field house is from 9 to 5 p.m. Runners are asked to book the time they wish to run in 1/2 hour slots. Organizers wish to keep things to a minimum of 80 runners on the track at one time to avoid congestion.
Children 10 years of age can run and walk for free as long as they are accompanied by an adult. A children’s area will be set up after 1:30 p.m., complete with bouncy castles and performances by magician Malcolm Russell.
There will be draws throughout the day for participants. Also the unique Outrun hat, a Smithbilt cowboy specifically built for running, will be on sale.
As well, the entertaining Daniel Bowie, the MC for the annual Sheep River Road Race, will be on hand for the festivities.
Donations for run for the cure can also be made at the field house on March 4.
To register for the outrun rare-a-thon fundraiser go to eventbrite.ca