Not only were runners duking it out for fun and glory in the first Thunderwolves’ indoor marathon, they also did it for a cause, working with the Children’s Centre Foundation to raise funds for the organization.
The fundraiser had runners separated into 3 categories; the full marathon, half marathon, and 10k run. Proceeds of the event were donated to the Children’s Centre.
According to Laura Meisner, who serves as the public education coordinator for the Children’s Centre Foundation, the idea of organizing a marathon was first put on the table by John Friday, an avid runner who also works as the director of management services for the Children’s Centre.
Meisner said that she and fellow organizers thought that holding a marathon would draw in athletes in Thunder Bay, as well individuals who live an active lifestyle. She noted that the city has a strong community of runners and joggers, so they hoped they could tap into that crowd to raise funds for their cause.
She added that she was very happy by the turnout of both competitive and non-competitive runners from all over the city. Some runners from out of town even came over just to compete, she said.
Close to a hundred runners came to participate in the marathon, which was held at Lakehead Athletics last Sunday.