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Burning calories for the planet: Thousands raised for WWF!

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Burning calories for the planet: Thousands raised for WWF!

Today, web editor Colleen Tully is back to tell you about her race.
blog1a.pngThe Nike+ Human Race, Vancouver: 700 calories burned; well over $500,000 into the paws of the WWF worldwide; 1 week into my 30s and I've discovered the elixir I've been seeking my whole life: running for charity.What a sense of community and genuine fellowship. Young parents ran with fresh babies in strollers. Seniors pushed forward with cross-country walking sticks. Kids looking as young as 10 sailed along and one tough-as-nails gal in her late 80s broke into a run at the finish line.Even group of Sudanese runners, who were once "The Lost Boys of Sudan" - boys who escaped the Sudanese civil war in the 1980s walking barefoot across international boundaries - ran in Vancouver to raise funds for ninemillion.org. Though I was far behind, I heard there was nary a dry eye when these men finished. My most memorable moment was hearing my name called steps before I crossed the finish line. blog2.png Imagine being winded, tired, cramped, and mistaking the start line for the finish line 750 metres back. (Oh that was sad.) Above the din music and cheers and my creaking hip joints, the sound of my name rang out like a beacon. I did it! The biggest smile cracked through my beet-red face and I sailed through that finish line - right to the Gatorade table! What's next? I've signed up for The Toronto Zoo 10k on October 18 which raises money for animal health, education and conservation initiatives in Toronto and beyond. Outdoor activity meets community meets charity. At last, I love to run. Pass the chocolate cheesecake, girls - I burn calories for the planet! Post-race happy! Fellow media racers left to right: Karen Kwan from Flare, Kat Tancock from BestHealth.com and me, Colleen Tully of CanadianLiving.com (even competing media can get along when running for charity!) blog3.png Top image courtesy nikemedia.com
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