On May 24, I'm running a solo marathon (and first marathon ever) to support musicians in this really strange and stressful time. I'm looking to raise at least $1000 to donate to the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, a nonprofit that provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians and music industry workers who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems.
I'll be solo running from Etobicoke, ON to Scarborough, ON and back downtown for a total of 42.5 kilometers (26.4 miles). Throughout the process, I'll be sharing my training here.
I've spent more than 10 years of my life as a touring musician and have had the first-hand experience in the financial turbulence and general instability it can bring, even in non-crisis times. For full-time musicians and industry workers that depend on touring, COVID-19 has drastically cut their income. As a society, we revere the arts, yet artists don't have access to a lot of federal funding and assistance to continue to create and make ends meet, so times are really tough now.
Why a marathon?
My touring days are behind me, and while I pick up the guitar and play a few shows, I've found that I can participate in the music community as a supporter and advocate. Recently, running has become a passion and I've been training for multiple races this year. Understandably, they've been canceled. More than ever, running and training have been helping me get out of bed in the morning and keep focused during this time and I wanted to put it to good use in lieu of running a race.
Learn more about Sweet Relief Musicians Fund
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