What were you doing at 7:30 last Sunday morning? On any other day, we would have been hitting the snooze button- but yesterday was race day, and we were braving the rain at Montreal’s Parc Jean-Drapeau for the Banque Scotia 21k et 5k de Montréal!  Our team was comprised of CCAC staff and individuals whose lives had been touched by colorectal cancer. All in all, the CCAC’s Cheeky Butts team raised $5500.

What an inspiring afternoon!  Participants ran, jogged and walked. Some were training for marathons, and others just wanted to get out, get fit and have fun. No need to be a star athlete here! Many of our team members competed in the 5k event, and it was the first event of its kind for more than a few of us. Our yellow CCAC shirts really stood out as we each crossed the finish line. If we can do it, so can you!

Many thanks to our inspiring teammates and volunteers, David Abissidan, Vanessa Abissidan, Elinor Bendavid, Michelle Campbell, Oliver Haggiag, Patrick Haggiag, Tamar Kalaidjian, Sylvia Smith, Ekaterina Shulepova, Karine Lamoureux, Madeleine Abissidan and Simon Abissidan. CCAC staff participants included Gail Grief (the CCAC’s National Director of Development), Carl Levesque, and Kait Wallace (yours truly!) 

We’ll all have plenty of time to train for the events in the coming months. Did you know that the CCAC is a featured charity for a number of races? While the CCAC staff may not make it to the Scotia runs in Halifax (May 21-23), Calgary (May 30) or Vancouver (June 27), you can be sure you’ll see us at the 5k event at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on September 26!  There’s also the Mississauga Marathon (May 16), the Twenty Valley Niagara Wine Country run (June 12) and the Oakville Marathon on labour day weekend. Click here to see a listing of athletic events across Canada.


After the cut, view some pictures of this chilly early-morning run!