Less than a month until annual 9 Run Run fundraiser

Runners at the 2013 9 Run Run event

This year’s 9 Run Run event is on Saturday, October 18.  It’s a running event that doubles as a fundraiser for The Daron Fund at the Royal Ottawa Hospital. Over 1,800 people are expected to participate in the events, including half marathon, 10k, and 2k races.

The race director is Brenda Tirrell, a long-time Stittsville resident and volunteer firefighter in the community.  She sent along a preview of this year’s event.

Now in its 5th year, the 9 Run Run event brings together runners, walkers, volunteers and spectators, through its partnership with the Ottawa Police, Paramedics and Fire Departments.

The event takes place on streets in and around Stittsville, centred at Sacred Heart High School and Village Square Park on Abbott Street.

9 Run Run has raised over $100,000 for youth programs in our community through its support of The Daron Fund.

In just four years, 9 Run Run has grown from 800 to 1800 participants, making it one of Ottawa’s fastest growing running events.

Funds raised at 9 Run Run will be supporting Is it Just Me? An educational program that teaches high school students about mental health and the inner workings of the brain. With the incredible support of the community, 9 Run Run has set a goal of raising $50,000 for The Daron Fund – are you with us?

About DIFD: Suicide is the second leading cause of death in Canada for youth age 15-24. Over 200 youth take their own lives in Canada every yearIn 2010, 14-year-old Daron Richardson died by suicide. From this tragedy came a movement to transform youth mental health. Spearheaded by Daron’s parents Luke and Stephanie Richardson, a decision was made to support young people who suffer in silence from the pain and stigma of mental illness. Do It For Daron (DIFD) encourages young people to talk openly about mental illness and to ask for help when needed. DIFD provides young people, their parents, teachers, coaches and other adult role models with the resources, outlets and, most importantly, courage to overcome the shame and fear of discussing mental illness.

Start times:

  • 8:00am half marathon walkers start on Abbott Street west
  • 9:00am 10k runners start on Abbott Street west
  • 9:15am half marathon runners start on Abbott Street west
  • 10:00am 2kish run/walk in Main Street Park (train park)

For more info: 9runrun.ca

Funds raised support the The Daron Fund / DIFD at the Royal Ottawa Hospital
Funds raised support the The Daron Fund / DIFD at the Royal Ottawa Hospital



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