Women2Warrior race raises over $100,000 for Easter Seals Alberta

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Women2Warrior race raises over $100,000 for Easter Seals Alberta – May 28, 2016

Hundreds of women took part in an obstacle course for a good cause in Calgary on Saturday.

The second annual Woman2Warrior event was held at SAIT.  The five-kilometre course took teams of women through Riley Park and up the hill to SAIT’s campus.

The women were running in support of Easter Seals Alberta and the Children’s Hospital Aid Society.

There were many challenges, all designed to test participants’ strength, agility and balance. They included hauling fire-fighting equipment and getting soaked in a water course.

“It is such a joyful day and so great for all the participants and we are raising money for a very good cause,” Dorothy Woolstencroft of the Children’s Hospital Aid Society said. “So what could be better than that and the sun is shining in.”

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“It was great and the costumes were fabulous and at my age I could still do the obstacles which made me really proud but the young girls just blew us away it was great,” Woolstencroft, who also took part in the event, added.

Members of the Crossfield and Beiseker Fire Department were there too to give the teams a hand.

A team of 15 firefighters & EMTs from the Crossfield Fire Department and the Beiseker Fire Department were led by Zak Souter-Lucas.  It was their second year volunteering.

Global’s Lisa MacGregor emceed the event.

“The costumes, the teams, the energy is phenomenal – the sun helps so much,” Anna Garcia, director of operations for Easter Seals Camp Horizon said. “I think the firefighters help with the energy. The women are so excited to have them supporting at all the different obstacles and  there’s a huge team feeling.”

Each person had to raise a minimum of $300 to take part.

“It’s a really amazing event because it gives participants, all of these heroic women that come and do this event, an opportunity where they overcome challenges,” Garcia said. “Some that are strength, some make them crawl on their knees and overcoming the wall. That determination and that strong will is very similar to what someone with a disability faces in terms of obstacles on a daily basis.”

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The event raised over $100,000 for Easter Seals Alberta, which provides services and recreation for people with disabilities and medical conditions.


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