This past weekend I was able to complete my 8th event this calendar year, the Collingwood Half Marathon. It was a tough race on me mentally, as I had to deal with cold, raw easterly winds. There were some very elite runners in this small pack of 245 runners. The winner was Kenyan, Kennedy Ronoh who completed the 21.1k’s in an astounding 1:11:43. It was very cool being fairly close to him at the start. But after 5 minutes he had distanced himself from me so much, that he was pretty much out of sight! 🙂
I have a deep admiration for the elite runners. The discipline, the intensive training required all plays a part. There is really no shortcuts. I have always been fascinated by the Kenyans, and other East African countries, and how they often dominate the long distance races. Then there are the sprinters, and the runners who have West African ancestry who dominate this field. This article mentions that runners who trace their ancestry to West Africa, including African Americans, hold more than 95% of the top times in sprinting. A second article from Ghana Web discusses West Africans and Sprinting.
One of the countries in West Africa is called Ghana, and it is my privilege to be running for my 3rd consecutive year at the Toronto Waterfront Marathon for Dekpor School Development Organization, a registered Canadian charity, and a recognised NGO (non governmental organization) within Ghana. They are a small charity, 100% volunteer driven, and 100% of money raised goes to address the needs in the village of Dekpor, Ghana.
In running, proper nutrition is just as important, if not more important than proper training. If our bodies do not receive adequate food or fuel, our running is not going to amount to much. With a Gross National Income in Ghana of $1600US, it is indeed a struggle for parents just to feed their children (compare that to Canada, which has a Gross National Income of $51,690US). This year 100% of all monies raised will go towards a food program for the children. Forty cents feeds a child 2 nutritious meals a day ($25 feeds one child 62 days). Nutrition is extremely important for any child’s cognitive abilities, as they go to school. It is amazing how far our money goes there.
Thank you for taking the time to read. Who knows, maybe these nutritious meals will be just what is needed for the next Ghanaian national child to rise from obscurity, and break into the record books.
I am excited to be running in this marathon. Any race is really unpredictable, anything could happen. But one thing I know is predictable. Your donations will make some children very, very happy.
Here is my fundraising link.