The events I've had the opportunity to take part in are amazing adventures! I've slept under the 7 Pillars of Wisdom in the Wadi Rum, crossed a finish line at the Blue Lagoon in Iceland, floated in the Dead Sea and crossed a finish line dressed as Wonder Woman. What makes it more special are the people I have had the opportunity to share this journey with.
I wasn't always an athlete. I grew up in small town, central Alberta where phys ed in elementary school consisted of extended recess, jumping jacks beside our desk and walking down to the local outdoor skating rink in the winter. I grew up with lots of active play time, but no structured physical activity. I was terrible at sports, took phys ed in Grade 10 only because I had to, and if anyone had told me what I'd be doing 30 years later I would not have believed them.
I began my career in human resources and spent 15 years working at a telecommunications company. I ran between 5 - 10 km a few times a week, but didn't run my first race until I was in my late 30's and then I started to get the running bug. At age 40 I ran my first 1/2 marathon, a few months later my first marathon and then I discovered trail running. That's where the connection pulled together for me and I discovered what I really loved. I translated this into a new career opportunity, and combined my knowledge from human resources with my passion for health and fitness. I have now worked in the fitness industry for the past 8 years and have assisted individuals in living healthier lives, as well as pursuing their own adventures.
I have also combined my adventures with fundraising to draw attention to causes that are important to me. In 2013 I raised approximately $6000 for the Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Clinic at the University of Alberta Hospital. In 2012 I raised over $3000 for brain research, donated to the Neuroscience Clinic for Brain Research at the University of Alberta. I value my health and ability to take part in these events and use them to highlight causes and hopefully improve the lives of others.