On Sunday, 31 enthusiastic people lined up in the record-setting sun and heat to run, walk and roll the 2017 Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon and 5K in support of the Cerebral Palsy Association of BC.
Our fourth time participating in the fundraising race, this year we’d raised $15,000 by the time the starting pistols were fired and more money poured in throughout the day. As of this writing, we’re closing in on $17,000 with a total of $16,814 raised by all our participants so far!
Donations will continue to be accepted until 5:00 PM on July 24, so please consider sponsoring #TeamCPABC or any of our participants.
Once again, friends Jason Cole and Rand Surbey costumed up before running a world record pace in the half-marathon. Unfortunately, just days before the race, they learned that they are ineligible for a Guinness World Record. The reason given was Rand’s wheelchair is not “commercially available.”
While this was disappointing to Jason, Rand and the entire team at CPABC, we were really proud to see Jason and Rand get the opportunity to tell their story on the news.
First, Jason spoke to Strong & Sharp on Roundhouse Radio:
Then on race day, they were both interviewed for CTV News and Global News (the GlobalBC clip is not available online).
Here’s the CTV News clip:
And they also spoke to a reporter for Metro News.
Their message has consistently been about the importance of visibility, inclusivity and fun for people with disabilities.
So far their team has already raised over $7,000! Sponsor Rand’s Runners.
Another great story from the day was that of Dylan Pallister. Eleven-year old Dylan lives in Maple Ridge and he and his mother Celia spoke to the Maple Ridge News for a story the day before the race.
Dylan told the paper he’d be intermittently running and walking the 5 km race.
“He just wanted to have a goal to raise money to help people going through the same thing as him, raise money for the programs,” said [Celia] Pallister.
Team Dylan has raised over $2500. Sponsor Team Dylan.
Hammo Mustaqi participated in his first 5K this year. He told us,
I was born with CP and since I came to Canada, I have been a member of CPABC. I set, this year to, myself the 5K challenge to raise funding for this community, which has many difficulties to face along each day. ~Hammo
He also made an awesome fundraising video.
Hammo has already raised $85. Sponsor Hammo.