We started in the rain. We finished in the rain.
Port Hardy to Victoria in eight days. Over 600 kilometers of running.
One cause. Support our Wounded Warriors. Honour the fallen. Support the living.
Eight intense days. Fast running. Slow jogging. Gruelling hills, treacherous declines, glorious flatness.
Eight humbling days. Meeting heroes in Legions up and down the island. Veterans of long ago wars. Veterans who still wake at night reliving those horrors.
Eight days of overwhelmingly gracious receptions. Men, women and children flooding those Legions, and community centers. Preparing meals for us, wrapping their arms around us, digging deep in their pockets and thrusting cash in our hands.
Money to support the injured – our veterans, first responders and their families. Injuries caused by the horrific things so many of them have had to see and do. Trauma after trauma, experienced over and over, and imprinted on their minds.
Our team barely knew one another at the start of the run. By the end we were a family. We loved one another. We watched each fight through tough miles. We shared stories, laughs, and bathrooms. No secrets. No egos. No attitudes.
We succeeded as runners because of the people around us. Warriors themselves. They organized this run, drove us, fed us, clothed us, housed us and cared for us. Unconditionally. One big family.
In This Together. That mantra inspired our run. We repeated it a hundred times that week.
In this together. Those words have taken on a new meaning these last few days.
Our world is experiencing a crisis unlike anything most of us have ever lived through.
Daily life continues, and grinds to a halt simultaneously.
Our run squeaked in under the wire. Before mass cancelations and social distancing. Before we had to stop hugging and high fiving. Before a gathering of hundreds became life-threatening.
Life. That’s all that matters. Life and everything that goes with it. Physical health. Mental health. Love. Family. Community.
For weeks, maybe months, all our lives will change.
We’ll get through it. As a team. In this together.