By Julie Williams
Did you know one out of every three Canadians are affected by diabetes or pre-diabetes, and 20 Canadians are newly diagnosed with the disease every hour of every day?
Chances are that you or someone you know is affected by diabetes. This is certainly the case for Stouffville Dash for Diabetes Race director Jack Minacs whose eldest daughter, Sarah, has been living with Type 1 diabetes since the age of 12.
Sarah, now 19, is grateful for the community support they have received.
“It is always so remarkable to witness the power of my community and my parents, who have completely transformed my perspective on my illness, which I’ve always looked on negatively, into such an incredibly positive event that brings loved ones together in fighting for a cure, and will always hold a special place in my heart,” she said.
This year’s Stouffville Dash for Diabetes Charity Run/Walk takes place on June 16 starting at 8 a.m at the Stouffville Clippers Sports Complex. The event offers both a 5K as well as a Kids 1K in which kids aged 3-12 can participate free of charge thanks to Kids 1K presenting sponsor Tiny Seedlings.
The inaugural race in 2014 had 322 participants; that number rose to over 800 participants in both events last year. “This year, our goal is 850 participants and to raise as much as possible for Diabetes Canada,” Minacs said. “In our first five years, we have raised over $100,000 for Diabetes Canada. As always, our goal is to provide a fun, healthy and safe activity for our fellow Stouffville residents and those affected by diabetes.”
Everyone participating gets a technical t-shirt and a finisher’s medal as well as an official time and a finish line video (all 5K participants and Kids 1K participants aged 6-12).
There will be post-race food and entertainment for the participants. In addition to prizes for age group winners, there is an added incentive for fundraisers for Diabetes Canada: a prize draw with the grand prize of two economy class tickets on Air Canada to any North American destination including Hawaii and the Caribbean.
This year, for the first time, the Kids 1K participants who fundraise will be eligible for the fundraising prize draw, which will be held on race morning between the Kids 1K and 5K events.
Visit www.dashfordiabetes.ca for more information, or contact Jack Minacs, Race Director at [email protected]
Main photo: Race director Jack Minacs and his wife, Amanda, jog along the course route in the Whelers Mill Park area. Julie Williams photo.