Twitter, runners and cancer research

Miss May in the Van Island Runners for Cancer calendar. Photo credit: Will Winter Photography

I have to say I’ve met some super awesome runners and fellow endurance sport enthusiasts through social media.

This group of Victoria-area and social media-savvy runners of all ages, levels and abilities came together under the #yyjrun hashtag on Twitter a few years ago. We get psyched for races together, cheer each other on and support each others’ goals, offer tips and training advice, run together, suffer through injuries, training road-blocks and taper madness together, race together, and have coffee and dinner together. And most recently, we’ve come together to raise funds for a cause close to all of us.

Skye (@runnerskye) came up with the fabulous idea to put together a calendar featuring local runners on their favourite trails around Vancouver Island and to sell it as a fundraiser for cancer research. Of course, we all jumped on board, especially since most of us have had a family member or friend effected by or lost to cancer.

It was fun to hang out and be models for a day, and it was even more awesome to see the finished product, which looks amazing. Mad props to Kathryn (@klancashire) for the layout and obviously to Skye and Kirsty (@KirstySheldon) for organizing and planning it all. Also to the talented photographers, make-up artists and to everyone that has gone above and beyond with getting it produced and sold. You are all awesome.

So now I know you’re all asking: where can I get one of these amazing calendars, that would make the perfect stocking suffer for that special someone in my life this Christmas???

Visit yyjrunforcancer.com to buy online ($15 plus $5 shipping), or, if you’re in Victoria, stop by Frontrunners Victoria, Frontrunners Westshore or Pen Run Victoria to pick one up for $15.

All proceeds from the calendar sales goes directly to the BC Cancer Foundation, the organization that funds the BC Cancer Agency. Money raised by the foundation stays in BC and goes towards critical cancer research and patient care.