When you make it big, do you forget where you came from or do stay connected with your roots? Eric Gillis of Nova Scotia, represented Canada at the past two Olympics Games. He ran the 10,000 meteres in Beijing and recently competed in the London Olympics placing 22nd in the marathon with a time of 2:16:00. Gillis has been training professionally in Guelph for several years but when he realized his time at home in Nova Scotia coincided with the Lucky 7 Relay Race he gladly agreed to be placed on a 3-person relay team.
Now you’re probably wondering who are the lucky runners that get to have an Olympian run one of their team’s 7k legs at a blazingly fast pace? Well, the answer it, it could be you!
The Lucky 7 race directors from United by Running, got creative, per usual and have decided to auction off this opportunity in an effort to help fund Gillis’ training in Kenya. Bids to be on Gillis’ team can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about this once in a lifetime opportunity, and how you can further support Gillis’ training visit: Canada to Kenya Initiative
United by Running will also support Gillis by donating $7 from all registration fees collected between October 20th-November 10th. Help one of Canada’s most successful distances runners and REGISTER NOW!
In addition to competing in the Lucky 7 Relay, Gillis’ schedule while in Nova Scotia includes being the honoured guest at the Run Nova Scotia annual banquet on November 17th, running with a local run club and helping coach a kids run camp while in Halifax. It is clear that Gillis’ heart never strays too far from home!
Suggested Reading: The Lucky 7 Relay and a Woman on a Mission
About the Author: Chantelle Wilder is the Senior Editor and Co-Founder of Runners Feed. She also competes for the New Balance Silicon Valley Club in the Bay Area of California. When she isn’t running, or editing she can be found enjoying the fruitful wines of nearby Napa Valley while challenging her husband to a game of Bananagrams®.
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