I have so much love for the Denise Camps-Saulnier, Kendra Sheppard, Jeffrey Goodine, Shannon Newton and the entire Lakeshore running club. This group of serious runners have been my support system since the inaugural race in 2014. This is not an easy course and for these members to not only come out year after year, but to also repeatedly tell me how much they love the event is more than any “little sister” could ask for. I always brace myself for lots of grumbling after the race is run because of the difficulty, amazingly, like our tag line suggests, people are still smiling long after the endorphins have worn off. After Saturdays run, Jeffrey turned to me and said “This is the only race I’ll do on these trails.” Haha! I’ll take it!
James and I deliberated numerous times over the years on how to draw more attention to our race. We tossed around changing the name, I wasn’t ok with changing it completely, so I just shortened it. Hillside 2 Haiti 5k is now the H2H 5k. Well, in some places anyway, mostly it’s still Hillside 2 Haiti. Considering the route, I think it’s fitting; although, despite what most racers this weekend thought, the namesake is not the route but the Church in which the run supports. We tossed around changing the route. Well, HE tossed around changing the route, I was completely against it. I am against changing the route because it is challenging. Are we missing a whole market of racers because of that dreaded word “hill”? Probably. Could we get more if we billed it as a fast flat route? Possibly. Will changing the route change the whole point of H2H? Absolutely! Look, the route is hilly. It’s challenging. It’s that way by design. This year we honored members of the “Soldier On” program. If you want to know what challenges are, check them out. The Heritage Trail portion of the Salt Marsh Trail is not at all challenging compared to what they have overcome. We also honored members who struggle with mental illness and addictions. Want to know what a real challenge is, live in their world for just one day. Of course, all the money we raise goes to Haiti. Literally. We don’t send them the money, we don’t buy supplies here and send them to them. We literally take the money to Haiti and use it to build, to purchase supplies, to hire Haitians. The money we take to Haiti stays in Haiti. I think that’s the most important aspect of H2H 5k that I want to make sure people understand completely. Giving them money will sustain them for the day, using the money to strengthen the economy will sustain them for life. The men, women and children of Haiti face challenges every single day of their lives, yet any team member will tell you, they are the most loving, caring, thankful and positive human beings in the entire world. H2H 5k honors them. It is for that reason I will not change the route. The H2H 5k route is exactly what I think of when I think of the men, women and children of Haiti. They don’t worry about the uphill battle they face every day, they embrace the down hill. They don’t look ahead at the up, they look past it at the down because they know that on the other side there is always a down. They never stop smiling, hoping, loving and living.
I want to thank every single one of our 318 racers that came out to H2H 5k 2018. You made a difference. Thank you
I want to thank our sponsors that support us every year! Without them we wouldn’t be able to send as much of the money to Haiti as we can with them backing us every year.
Xander Sign group – selflessly provided us with the step and repeat we used in the photo booth at the after party, they also provided us with the banner that we just LOVE! https://www.facebook.com/xandersigngroup/
Swish came on board our very first year in 2014. They provide us with the cups that we need for our water stations and our garbage bags to clean up with after the race. They never ever say no, they always say yes and for that we are eternally grateful! I am especially grateful for this year. I messed up. Big time. The lovely folks at Swish took it upon themselves to personally deliver our stock of cups for the water station this year. They delivered them directly to Hillside Wesleyan Church. The pastor put them in his office for safe keeping until race day. Well; I forgot all about it. I sent my right hand to go to Swish and pick up the cups. They told her that the cups were already picked up. She texted me to ask and I said, nope. Swish gave her ANOTHER BOX! Come race day, we had TWO boxes of cups for our water station! OOPS! We contacted Swish to apologize for the mix up and told them we’d bring the other box back. KEEP THEM! They said! Wait.. what? WOW! Thanks! So if you need anything at all, from serving dishes to cleaning supplies please, do me a solid. Get them from SWISH! www.swishclean.com
Petes also came on board to provide our racers with fuel replenishing bananas from our first event until now. They always provide us with that and never blink an eye! Our racers are very thankful for that! http://petes.ca
Ski Martock never fails to support with their donation of a ski rental and lift ticket for 2! Every year they provide that for us, our racers who attend our post-race after party always comment on how awesome our prizes are! Thanks Ski Martock! We love you! www.martock.com
360 Fit – so happy that Devin Sherrington from 360 fit not only brought his running group to H2H 5k for their Saturday training run, I’m very thankful for his in kind donation of a pretty awesome hoodie and a free month of unlimited membership to his club! Thank you so much! I can tell you that those prizes were adored and appreciated by the winners! www.360online.ca
Run Nova Scotia! If you have ever been the little brother or little sister in your family, then you will be able to relate. Being a brand new “little sister” I looked up to the “big sisters” of the racing world. I followed closely in their footsteps and tried to learn from them. When God first placed H2H 5k on my heart in 2013 I wouldn’t dream that by 2018 we would not only be a part of the Run Nova Scotia Road Race Series, but that one of my “Big Sister’s” would actually come to my event! It was amazing! I’m still glowing. I had a goal of 300 racers and we not only met that, by race day we surpassed it!
We can’t say enough about how incredibly pleased this “little sister” is to have been on the Road Race Series for 2018. It was a goal of ours from the inauguration and to say that we finally hit the big time is exactly how we feel. Thank you for supporting this little engine that could in 2018 and we hope to see you again soon! http://Runnovascotia.ca
Because of all the ‘in kind’ donations we received, we were able to raise a total of $5000.00 !!! That’s our best so far! Thank you to all who registered, ran, and collected donations! That $5000.00 is going to go a long way to strengthening the economy in Haiti! Thank YOU!
Looking forward to 2019, I can’t say that there will be much change in anything other than the swag and medals, but we like it that way. We will be announcing the medal design for 2019 on our FB page so make sure you like us or join the H2H 5k running group and we will also be talking about the swag for 2019. We are excited and looking ahead and we hope you are too!
I began my running journey in March of 2009. I began my journey of faith in September of 2012. Running releases stress from my body while my new found faith releases stress from my mind.