Native Canadians Vida and Kerry have been runners and friends since high school – in fact, their friendship began the year Wayne Gretzky led the Edmonton Oilers to the first of five Stanley Cup victories (Canadian trivia, anyone?). Despite this longtime bond, they only began running together after they each had children and began taking joint family holidays in British Columbia. There, the friends developed a love for trail running through the B.C. forests—a skill that requires stamina to get up hills and agility to negotiate the roots of trees hundreds of years old. Last summer, they added to their workout when they rented a remote cottage and had to paddle across a lake before going for a run each day. These two really take things to the next level!
To date, the women each have one marathon under their belt and the duo is looking forward to completing the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Vida ran the TCS NYC Marathon in 2014 and pledged to run Chicago 2015 for Team
AmeriCares when she joined the AmeriCares staff last winter (smartly committing to another 26-miler before the euphoria of her first wore off!). Kerry ran the London Marathon in 2003, the year her son was born, and has been hooked on competing in races of all kinds ever since.
Even with all that they have in common, there is one difference: Kerry runs without music, whereas Vida is dedicated to her playlist, which leans heavily toward indie female vocalists such as Cat Powers. Vida also admits that she can’t get enough of Canadian Leonard Cohen’s deep, gravelly voice – and now and then finds herself humming the theme song from Ferris Bueller's Day Off, “Oh Yeah.” Hopefully Kerry can endure a singalong as they weave through the Chicago streets!
These hard-core Canadians are exicted that their (hopefully less than) four-hour run through Chicago will benefit AmeriCares emergency response and global health programs.
Every day, AmeriCares puts critically needed medicines and supplies in the hands of frontline health workers and develops innovative, sustainable health improvements in their communities. It launched a major response to the Nepal earthquake in April and is currently supporting several Ebola recovery programs in West Africa. Since its founding in 1982, AmeriCares has delivered more than $12 billion in humanitarian aid to 164 countries.
Thanks in advance for supporting AmeriCares work by making a contribution to their Chicago Marathon fundraiser.