A mother and daughter are lacing up their running shoes in hopes of helping hungry kids and families in need.
Kathy Cano, a St. Norbert resident and member of the Fort Garry Rotary Club, and her daughter Alejandra, 18, are training to run their first ever half marathon, the Rotary club’s Run for a Hunger Free Manitoba. It will be the first marathon for either of them.
"I looked at it as a way I could get in shape, and also do something for Winnipeg Harvest," Cano said.
"Rotary’s motto is service above self, and really to me, that says it all because we’re able to give back to the community," said Cano, who has been a member of the Fort Garry Rotary Club since 2003.
Her daughter agrees.
"It feels really good to be training to do something for the community. It’s a really good experience," Alejandra said.
In addition to helping raise funds for a good cause, Cano said training for the marathon will allow her to spend more time with her daughter.
"It’s a nice mother and daughter thing to do together. It gives us the opportunity to run together, and possibly train together if our schedules allow," Cano said, adding they haven’t had much of an opportunity to train together yet.
"As you get older, and your children get older you tend not to see them as much, and this is a nice way to get caught up."
Cano said she’s been running along Cloutier Trail in St. Norbert to train for the marathon. Coincidentally, the Fort Garry Rotary Club was one of the sponsors that helped build the trail in 2003.
"I’m trying to get in as much running as possible," she said.
"It’s a really exciting thing for me to do. I’ve always wanted to run a marathon, but never have," she said.
Alejandra acknowledged she is looking forward to running her first marathon.
"My mom had mentioned the Rotary Club was putting on this marathon and I offered to run it with her," she said.
Both mom and daughter said their only goal for the 21-kilometre marathon is to complete it.
"My goal, and I think for Alejandra too, is just to finish. I want to make it in less than three hours if we can. I’m thinking we can probably do it in 2.5," Cano said.
Run for a Hunger Free Manitoba is Rotary’s first ever half marathon. It will take place Sept. 23 at St. Vital Park with all proceeds going to Winnipeg Harvest.